Design Essentials

Learn the basics of UX/UI design in our new part-time, 100% online program.

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Good design can change the conversation, but great design can change the world.

How can you start a career as a digital designer before you even know what kind of designer you want to be?

DESIGNATION Design Essentials is a new, online-only course specifically intended to give beginners a cross-sectional exposure to a wide variety of design skills, career paths, programs and technology. Learn the essence of User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Interaction Design (IxD) and more over 6-weeks of part-time learning covering the core skills of design and product development.

Learn the essence of user experience (UX), user interface (UI), interaction design (IxD) and more over six weeks of part-time learning that covers the core skills of design and product development.

Over the course of Design Essentials, students join our creative and collaborative online environment to research, design, build and test a functional product, all in just six weeks.

There’s never been a better time to be a professional designer. And there’s never been a better way to learn how.

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how it works

Learn Anywhere

Work remotely from anywhere in the world


15-20 hours a week

Dedicated Instructor

Weekly check-ins, feedback and mentoring sessions

Practical Projects

Gain hands-on experience in the key areas of digital design


Get constructive criticism from the instructor and peers


Connect with our international community of alums on Slack


Intro to UX

We start your design journey by giving an overview of digital design and how it works as a whole. Topics covered include:

  • What is UX
  • Design thinking
  • User research
  • Research synthesis
  • Personas


Synthesis & Ideation

Week 2 is where you will learn to take the user research and information that you gathered and start brainstorming ideas to solve for your users' needs.

  • Research synthesis
  • User Stories
  • Brainstorming
  • Paper prototyping
  • Information architecture


Interaction Design

Now you'll learn how to develop a more refined version of your concept by exploring interaction design principles and UI patterns. Week 3 is where you'll create a wireframe in Sketch and prototype using Invision.

  • Mobile Patterns
  • Wireframing in Sketch
  • Best practices for wireframes
  • Prototyping with Invision


Visual Design

Week 4 is where you will learn how to use Sketch to do the visual design of your app. This is where your app will really start to come to life.

  • Principles of visual design
  • Color Theory
  • Typography
  • Branding
  • Style tiles


UI Design

Week 5 involves learning how to create high-fidelity mockups of your product, using the design language created in week 4.

  • Sketch tutorials
  • Grids and Layout
  • High-fidelity mockups


Usability Testing

Now it’s time to put your design to the test. Literally. Usability testing shows you how users actually use your app, so that you can take that information and refine and optimize your design.

  • Design iteration
  • Usability heuristics
  • UX tools
  • Careers in UX/UI

program details

tools you'll use

As a DESIGNATION student, you’ll get discounts on leading industry software including a free year of InVision and student pricing for popular UX design program Sketch. Also don’t discount the importance of pen and paper to bring your designs to life.



Pen + paper

things you'll need

There’s nothing more important in a designer’s arsenal than an interest in design. Second only to that is the desire to pursue a new set of skills in the world of tech and digital design. Finally, you'll need a Mac laptop and a smartphone.

An interest in design

A Mac

A smartphone

What you'll make

From creating wireframes to high-fidelity mockups, Design Essentials will run the gamut of skills, software and deliverables you can expect to encounter on a daily basis as a designer.

who's this for?

The Curious

This program is for anyone who’s ever wanted to learn digital design but didn’t know how.

The Creative

You can come from any background. The unifying thread between students is a desire to think creatively.

The Motivated

You’re a self-motivated learner. You take initiative to explore the things that interest you.

We are the leading design bootcamp in the world.

For the past two years, we’ve been honing and refining the immersive DESIGNATION design program into one of the most highly rated and successful design bootcamps in the world.

What makes us different is our involvement in your design education journey. Compared to other programs you'll have a lot more actual interactions with live instructors who are there to guide and support you.


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ready to get started?

Design Essentials is a six week course available for just $1000.

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