About The Interaction Design Foundation
We are an independent nonprofit initiative with an objective that sounds like a paradox:
“Raise global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reduce costs to as low
In other words, we democratize learning by providing top-quality, online design courses at a fraction of
the cost of traditional education.
We collaborate with top universities and companies—Stanford, Cambridge and SAP Labs, for example—as
well as noted authors like Clayton Christensen and Don Norman. This means our educational material
focuses on practical relevance and is backed up with academic rigor. We share this knowledge with over half
a million designers every month!
The Scandinavian education system was our initial inspiration for this mission and,
in 2002, the Interaction Design Foundation
was established to create low-cost, high-quality education to change the way people learn the science,
art and intricacies of design. Since then, we have built a sustainable collaboration and education platform,
and have grown our global community to reach
472 Local Groups
in 95 countries.
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Cost savings from our model
The Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) Model vs. Pay-per-course Model
You will make astounding savings in the long run when you learn with
the Interaction Design Foundation. What’s more, we continue to expand our catalog of online
courses, while our membership fees remain consistently low.
How we change design education
Education and Professional Development
We offer a unique and extensive library
of free-to-access, design-related textbooks and our members also gain access to comprehensive,
instructor-led online courses. What’s more, members have the opportunity to build case studies for their
portfolio through practical projects which provide hands-on experience with design skills and techniques.
The educational process continues outside of the courses—members can also learn from each other via
professional discussion forums,
and global design events.
Development of Leadership Skills
Members may get the opportunity to guide junior designers, manage projects, volunteer in the local design
community or play a global role at the Interaction Design Foundation, depending on their
preference and abilities. This adds to their professional experience and can increase their chances to get
a leadership role within the design world.
Contribution to the Profession
Proven experts in the field of UX develop our course content and textbooks to contribute to the quality
of design education and professional services. We also offer outstanding publishing opportunities to
immediately reach our captive audience of over half a million design-minded individuals.
Recruitment and Development of Design Talent
We help companies design great customer experiences, whether they’re a startup or multinational corporation.
Companies such as IBM, Accenture and the UN have become more design-centric through
IDF Company Membership
as it has enabled them to:
- Access the world`s largest community of UX designers
Build UX design and research expertise through employees taking our self-paced, instructor-led online
- Solve business problems by getting help from our global network of design professionals
- Administer group memberships with no hassle or unforeseen expenses