The past year has been one marked by both great progress and continued uncertainty. On the one hand, accelerating digital innovation, buoyed by the explosive growth of generative AI (gen AI), has ushered in technology’s next chapter. On the other, geopolitical conflict and other disruptions have forced shifts in leaders’ agendas.
As we cap off another year, we’ve asked McKinsey Global Publishing designers for perspective on the images that helped bring our insights to life in 2023. Their selections reveal both the developments and the challenges that defined the year: an outstretched, AI-generated hand; a cityscape of empty office buildings; a race toward the future; a multilayered ticking clock; a globe framed by a united team, forging a path to spark the change they aspire to create. These images—rich, powerful, provoking—paint a picture of our changing world and serve to sharpen our focus on the quest for sustainable and inclusive growth.
This year brought moments of reflection and created a framework for new opportunities to shape the year ahead. Join us as we explore McKinsey Global Publishing’s visual take on 2023.