You can use any computer (Mac or PC) to complete the coursework in UX Academy. Keep in mind that many newer design tools (like Sketch, Flinto, and Principle, to name a few) are being developed Mac-first or Mac-only to start.
Graphic Design Software
You'll complete most of the projects in UX Academy using a graphic design tool of your choice. You must provide this software yourself.
You can use any software you’d like for the projects, including free tools, but we recommend an industry-standard design tool like Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch. When you enroll in a Designlab course, you get access to our student perks which include 50% off a license to Sketch. Alternatively, you can get Photoshop & Illustrator for <$20/month using their Creative Cloud subscriptions.
Here are some intro tutorials that cover the basics of those industry-standard tools:
- Illustrator: trydesignlab.com/tutorials/illustrator/
- Photoshop: trydesignlab.com/tutorials/photoshop
- Sketch: trydesignlab.com/tutorials/sketch
We expect you to start the course with a basic understanding of how to use these tools.
In various modules throughout the course, we'll introduce you to new programs and make you complete projects using those tools. Here are some of these tools:
These additional tools that we introduce during the course all have free tiers/plans for you to get started. We're constantly revising our curriculum and adding new tools based on what we see in the marketplace.
Overall, our goal in UX Academy is to introduce you to a variety of industry-standard tools that you'll be using throughout the UX process. We want you to be comfortable picking up new tools and understanding their workflow — this is part of life as a UX designer. By the end of the course, you will be exposed to a variety of programs, and have your own "toolkit" of software that you'll use a UX designer to solve the various problems you're tasked with.