We are a movement to create accessible and affordable Ivy League-level design education

A culture of 100% remote work and 110% excellence

The Interaction Design Foundation is the world’s most prestigious community and course platform for user experience designers. We’ve spent the last 16 years perfecting our community, courses, and most importantly, our work environment. And we’re never going to stop improving on what we’ve achieved so far!

We offer a 100% remote working environment where you have the freedom to become the best possible version of yourself—in both your professional and private life. But with great power comes great responsibility. The freedom of remote working places a vast responsibility on each of us at the IDF to continuously deliver excellent results, collaborate effectively, prioritize wisely, and improve our skills and performance.

Remote working is not for everyone. But all of us at the IDF who have tried and succeeded with remote working will never go back to regular 9-to-5 work, because there’s nothing quite like the freedom to work in a distraction-free and supportive environment.

Think you can handle the responsibilities of working remotely? We want to meet you!

6 Essentials of the IDF Work Culture

We love results, efficiency, perfectionism and focus. We believe this is achieved through:

  1. Individual freedom and independent decision-making—with zero bureaucracy and office politics.
  2. Openly sharing knowledge, so that our library of knowledge grows with each person in our team.
  3. Taking great care of each other, celebrating each other’s work and having fun.
  4. Having a love for what we do. We’re all passionate about our jobs, whether it's programming, marketing, design or any other specialism.
  5. Concentration: awesome results are produced in a state of flow. That's why we value location-independent work without the distractions of a normal office.
  6. Using our work culture as our guide when we choose who to hire.

What is it like working with the IDF?

Make a dent in the universe

By joining a nonprofit, you’ll help improve the lives of millions of learners across the world. You’ll help “make a dent in the universe,” like Steve Jobs said. Check out what people are saying about us.

Work anywhere, anytime

Work from home, a co-working space or anywhere else—and create your own work schedule. You enjoy complete freedom as long as you continuously deliver great results.

Amazing team trips

A team that gets together, stays together. You’ll meet with the rest of the team several times a year at spectacular locations.

Your work does the talking

Unlike many other work environments, superficial stuff—such as your stature, clothes or car—has zero impact on our perception of you. We judge you on your results alone.

Multicultural atmosphere

Work with the best from all over the globe, and get input from different cultures and mindsets—from sunny Singapore to colorful Turkey and lush Denmark.

Great gender balance

We take gender equality seriously. Our team currently has a gender balance of 47:53 female-to-male ratio.

We trust you to deliver results

You’ll work remotely and have autonomy and freedom. No manager or colleague will look over your shoulder as long as you live up to that responsibility.

Long-term vision, short-term execution

Your work will have a long-term focus. The luxury of long-term thinking is possible because we also love short-term execution. Simply put, we get stuff done.

State-of-the-art collaboration tools

You’ll use state-of-the-art online tools to facilitate smooth and enjoyable teamwork with your colleagues.

Uninterrupted concentration time

You avoid working in an open office space with constant interruptions. Instead, you can immerse yourself in your work, deliver great results fast, and expand your skills.

Social, but not intrusive, atmosphere

Working remotely strikes the perfect balance between being inspired and social but not getting interrupted.

Ambitious colleagues

You’ll have colleagues with incredible ambitions and intelligence—but without the elbows. That’s because we only work with team mates who combine professional ambitions with the ability to work in a team.

Introverts are welcome, too

You’ll join a result-oriented, diversity-focused company. You’ll thrive if you’re an introvert—just like your extroverted colleagues also do.

Zero bureaucracy

You’ll have absolutely zero bureaucracy and the power to make your own decisions and hold expenses.

A refined design process

We continually re-design and re-invent our organization and platform through a solid in-house design process—mixing agile and user-centered design.

Paid, completely flexible holidays

You’ll have paid holidays and can take them whenever you’d like. No complicated internal procedures or approval processes.

Be who you are

Have we mentioned that we love diversity? Join a team who values you for who you are—no matter your sexual orientation, gender identity, skin color, etc.

Marathon stipend

We value ambitions. You want to run a marathon anywhere in the world? We’ll pay all your expenses for flight, food and fees.

Sick days

Down with the flu? Then stay in bed, get well and get paid at the same time. We believe a good rest prepares you for a longer journey ahead.

16 years of remote work experience

You’ll join a team with 16 years of experience in remote work. We made remote work a success long before it became a buzzword.

Quotes that reflect our work culture

What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.
— Jason Fried
Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.
— Morihei Ueshiba
A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.
— Jim Watkins
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

— John F. Kennedy
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

― Abraham Maslow
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

— Ernest Hemingway

What people are saying about us

IDF Team trips: in photos

IDF team trip to Aarhus, Denmark
IDF team trip to Aarhus, Denmark
IDF team trip to Aarhus, Denmark
IDF team trip to Aarhus, Denmark
IDF team trip to Koh Ngai Island, Thailand
IDF team trip to Koh Ngai Island, Thailand
IDF team trip to Sofia, Bulgaria
IDF team trip to Sofia, Bulgaria
IDF team trip to Malta
IDF team trip to Malta

Open positions

We currently have no open positions. However, we welcome unsolicited applications: send your application to Rikke Friis Dam at rikke.friis.dam@interaction-design.org and we'll contact you if we find a match with an open position.