IT Services


In the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, there are four main, completely separate accounts you will need to access resources and software on both our network and the University of Pennsylvania network. They include:

  • PennKey
  • Design computer / domain
  • PennO365
  • Adobe ID

NOTE: You will need to use your Microsoft O365 and free Adobe ID logins to access Microsoft and Adobe software in any Design-managed computer labs, as well as public computers.

See below for details and requirements for each account.


Your PennKey is the primary account that you will use at Penn. It controls access to all Central Penn Systems, including:

The PennKey username is also used with your PennO365 ( and Design (DESIGN\PennKey) accounts.

The University will not change PennKey usernames except under specific circumstances (visit here for more details) so choose your PennKey username carefully.

PennKey uses two-step authentication to help prevent unauthorized access to your personal information and Penn accounts - visit here for more details.

Forgot your PennKey password? Click here for more details on how to reset your password.

Design Account

Anyone enrolled with a Design course or employed at Weitzman School of Design may receive a Design account. The Design account is used to access lab computers in Design-managed buildings (click here for a map), as well as network services, FortiClient remote access, equipment reservations, and our printing services.

Notes regarding Design account:

  • Your Design password requires at least 12 alphanumeric characters, upper and lower case characters, and at least one symbol.
  • To reset your Design account password and are locked out, please contact Weitzman ITS.
  • Five failed attempts at logging in with your Design account will temporarily lock your account for 15 minutes. This will automatically be unlocked after 15 minutes.
  • Your Design account is granted 3 gigabytes of space on our server. Exceeding this amount will also lock your account, now permanently, until you free up space and return under your 3GB quota. If you have questions regarding where data pushing you over the 3GB limit is stored, please contact Design ITS.


All PennKey users are granted an O365 account. Design email accounts are only granted to enrolled students, full time staff and faculty. Details and set-up information for your PennO365 email can be found here.

NOTE: Beginning FY 2020 – Students will be required to sign into an O365 account to use software like Word, Excel, etc. in the PC labs and on Design-managed public computers.


Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and so on are not provided by the University of Pennsylvania. Discounted educational licenses are available over on their website. 

NOTE: Beginning FY 2020 – Students will be required to sign up for+log into a free Adobe Account to use software like Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, etc. in the PC labs. Read more here.

Password Management

You have three separate accounts (as mentioned above) each with their own password. The University of Pennsylvania suggests the safest way to manage your passwords is via a password vault application, as opposed to sticky notes or saved in your web browser.

Here are some quick tips on creating a secure password:

  • Don't use the same password for every login or application
  • Do not use part of your real name, date of birth, etc. as these can be used by sophisticated scammers to phish your account login. Read more on the dangers of phishing here.
  • While not all services require the same level of complexity for passwords, for a secure password we recommend: at least 12 alphanumeric characters, upper and lower case characters, and at least one symbol. Note: these are the password requirements for your Weitzman School account.

The University offers a premium subscription for LastPass, a robust password management vault. Here's more on LastPass:

LastPass offers a secure vault for storage of your passwords, and other secure information, allowing users to create stronger, and more varied passwords for their various accounts, ultimately leading to a more secure environment.  Along with this vault comes a series of tools, including a random password generator, password auditing tools, and a password auto-change tool.  The Premium license offered to the Penn community also allows for LastPass to be set up on an unlimited number of devices (desktop or mobile), allows for sharing of passwords, and gives access to more security via multiple multifactor authentication models.