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The Executive Board oversees and guides the overall direction of the Foundation. The composition of the board reflects our mission of serving both industry and academia.
Don Norman is the author of numerous books including "Emotional Design," and more recently, "Living with Complexity." He is co-founder of the Nielsen Norman gro
Bill Buxton is an interaction designer and researcher. He is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-b
Michael Arent is UX Studio Lead at GE Software Center of Excellence. Prior to joining GE Michael was the Vice President of User Experience at SAP Business Ob
Jonas Lowgren is an interaction designer, researcher and teacher. Currently employed as professor of interaction design at Malmo University, Sweden. Main areas
Olof Schybergson is co-founder and CEO of Fjord. Since founding the company in 2001, Olof has led Fjord to become one of the world’s most successful global serv
Daniel Rosenberg is a global UX executive with the full range of skills in interaction design, usability metrics, game design and design management. He has doze
Irene currently runs Product and User Experience at Udacity, a startup focused on bringing higher education online. Irene formerly led the User Experience and
Ken Friedman is Research Professor and until recently the Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He works
The IDF is the global community for the world's best designers and this is what we do:
We produce top-grade open source educational materials by the world's design elite. Through free and open access to top-grade educational materials on how to design technology, we educate millions of technology designers on how to make more people-oriented and easy-to-use technology - like websites, household appliances, software applications, and mobile devices.
We advocate great design through our social media reach of 2 million people every month as well as initiatives like our 30,000 mile bike tour with weekly stops, university pep rallies, and a great media coverage. For us, advocating great design is a battle against frustrating, time-consuming, and poorly designed technology that drains our productivity, dignity, and sometimes our sanity. Better design of technology will improve everyone's quality of life.
We facilitate Local Groups of learning and career advancement. With 209 Local Groups in 59 countries, we enable designers to meet up, learn, discuss and become inspired. Our Local Groups is a great place to meet your future employer, employee, client or friend.
Through our paid services, like online instructor-led courses, we help lower the cost of design education globally. We help other designers hone their skills through education, network, and career development. We believe that design education - of Ivy League quality - should be financially accessible to everyone so we continually expand our curriculum, maintain low membership costs and thus strongly live after the UNESCO statement, "Universal access to high quality education is key to the building of peace, sustainable social and economic development, and intercultural dialogue"
Through our corporate training programs we help corporates take advantage of great design - both to the benefit of their customers as well as their revenue. "Businesses run better on better designed technology", as we say. Just take a quick look at Apple's stock performance for some living proof of the business impact of great design.
We foster synergy between academia and high-tech companies. We mix top professors from Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, etc. with elite industry designers from Google Research, Apple, IBM Research, etc. And together we produce top-grade and open source learning materials to the benefit of both industry and academia all over the world.
We provide aid for educational institutions and companies in developing countries by giving them free access to materials that otherwise would be out of their financial reach. 20 % of our readers are from developing countries, and the number is increasing exponentially. Education is the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty.
We modernize the publishing industry by building a conceptual, legal, editorial, and technical platform for the publication of first-rate online material in a world where 1) people prefer free content over paid content for reasons of both time and money 2) the physical book is being outmanoeuvred by the e-book 3) authors prefer that publishers use technology to maximize readership and not use it to limit readership as in the case of paywalls.
The Continent Managers are responsible for managing the Local Groups on each continent with the help of Country Managers and Local Leaders
The Country Managers are responsible for managing the Local Groups in their respective countries with the help of the Local Leaders in that country.
Our three house designers (listed below) are continually improving the IDF website and community platform. If you have suggestions for improvement, criticism, comments, bugs, problems, etc, we would love to hear from you. You can simply write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the three of us will receive it. Thanks a lot!
John M. Carroll is Edward Frymoyer Chair Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests includ
Erik Stolterman is Professor of Informatics and Department Chair in the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington. Stolterman’s main
Margaret Burnett is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Her current researc
Robert Fabricant is the Vice President of Creative for frog design where he leads frog's efforts to expand the impact of design into new markets and industries.
Lars Hult is a business innovation manager, interaction designer and researcher at SICS East in Sweden. Main areas of expertise include product and service de
Olga Werby, Ed.D., has a Doctorate from U.C. Berkeley with a focus on designing online learning experiences. She has a Master's degree from U.C. Berkeley in Edu
I am Founder of the Interaction Design Foundation. Previously, I've worked at The Danish National Technological Institute working with research in industry
Martin von Haller Groenbaek is partner at BvHD law firm and a leading Scandinavian IT-lawyer and a partner and co-founder of law firm Bender von Haller Dragsted
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We are financially self-sustaining and healthy. We are however not profit-driven and re-invest every dollar in our operations.
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