Digital Literacy Initiative Pilot: Design Lab

Design Lab

Located on the entry level of the Undergraduate Library, the Design Lab offers design software, on-site design help, instruction, workshops, and one-on-one consultations.

Adobe Software Supported

We support the following Adobe Creative Cloud software in the Design Lab:

  • Acrobat
  • Bridge
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop

Software Issues?

If you're having technical problems installing Adobe CC, please put in a Help ticket through ITS. If you are an instructor and have a question about licensing, contact Suzanne Cadwell, ITS Teaching & Learning.

Software Tutorials

Use UNC’s subscription to to find online tutorials for students to learn at their own pace (courses are divided into short video segments) and on their own time. Shorter (~30 minutes), moderate (~4 hours), and longer (6-12 hours) courses are available for Adobe software, general design principles, infographics, GIS, media production, and more -- you can search/browse thousands of tutorials--completely free for students, faculty, and staff.

What kinds of projects can the Design Lab support?

Format Project Ideas Possible Tools
Print/digital publication academic poster, magazine, brochure, infographic, business plan, logo

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

MS Word, PowerPoint, Publisher

Canva, Piktochart

Presentation design TEDTalk, business pitch, PechaKucha MS PowerPoint, Prezi, Canva
Websites Informational website, online exhibit, e-Portfolio WordPress, Adobe Spark, Wix, Weebly

Have an idea for a different project? We're happy to work with you to develop new assignments!

Example Lesson: Design an Academic Poster

Learning objectives

  • recognize the conventions of the academic poster presentation
  • communicate complex ideas clearly and quickly through the use of text and visuals
  • design a poster adhering to basic principles of graphic design
  • reuse imagery ethically and responsibly


Class session 1: design principles for effective poster design, brainstorming for how to visualize their content, sketch

Class session 2: workshop in which students build their own posters in InDesign or PowerPoint, peer critique

Research & Design Services Librarian

Jennie Goforth

SkillfUL Workshops

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are offered throughout the semester during day and evening hours. Past topics have included Creating a Flyer in Photoshop, Building a Resume in InDesign, Creating an e-Portfolio on WordPress, and Building a UNC-branded Website in Heelium. For a current list of offerings, check the SkillfUL website.

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