Purchasing a personal laptop
MacOs and the Apple ecosystem has been the traditional industry standard for graphic design, but that mentality has been changing. We will be using iMacs in the design studio and MacOS is a friendly and easy-to-learn operating system. If you are interested in buying a laptop, please consider the following:
Memory (RAM) and Storage
When considering the purchase of a new computer, the two most important factors are RAM (memory) and Storage (SSD). You will want to purchase a computer with the maximum available memory (or RAM) and at least 1TB of storage. The use of Google Drive can lower local storage manageable, but I have found that to ensure the longevity of your investment more local storage is preferred. *Note: You get unlimited Google Drive storage as a CSU student for FREE.
Backup your Device
No matter which storage option you go with, you will want to purchase an external hard drive to back up the data on your machine. Apple has a built in application called TimeMachine and there are similar applications available for Windows machines.
Adobe Creative Cloud
As a student of the University System of Georgia you can purchase Creative Cloud for your computer at a reduced cost of $79 per year. To purchase the software at this cost you must create an account on at the USG Technology Store where you will find a link to available software and the Creative Cloud Suite of software. Link.
For my Illustrators
If you are an illustrator pursuing a degree in graphic design, you may want to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 as it combines both the computing power Apple’s MacBook Pro and the drawing capabilities of the iPad Pro at a relatively lower cost (a 13 inch MBP costs approximately $2200 and a 10.5-inch iPad Pro will cost you an additional $780 to $980 depending on the storage size).
Surface Pro 6
16GB RAM memory
1TB SSD storage
~$2095 with 10% student discount