About The Interaction Design Foundation

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

About The Interaction Design Foundation

We are an independent nonprofit initiative with an objective that sounds like a paradox—to raise the level of global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reducing costs to as low as possible. We democratize learning by providing top-notch curricular materials, and we aim to strike the perfect balance between academic rigor and practical relevance.

Established in 2002 in Denmark, we were inspired by the Scandinavian educational system to create low-cost, high-quality education so as to change the way people learn design. Over the past decade, we have built a sustainable collaboration and education platform, and have grown our global community to reach 475 local groups in 84 countries.

We continue to collaborate with top universities and companies, such as Stanford, Cambridge and SAP Labs, as well as such noted authors as Clayton Christensen and Don Norman, to share our knowledge with over a million designers every month.

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The Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) Model vs. Pay-per-course Model

IDF Cost Savings

In the long term, the savings you get from the IDF model are astounding. Furthermore, our catalogue of courses is always expanding, while our membership fees are kept constant and low.

How we are changing design education

Education and Professional Development

We offer a unique and extensive library of design-related textbooks and comprehensive instructor-led online courses. Members also acquire hands-on experience through participation in real-life projects and design activities. Nonetheless, the educational process occurs outside of courses, too: members learn from each other via professional discussion forums, through local meetings, and by participating in IDF global design events.

Development of Leadership Skills

IDF members get opportunities to train in various leadership roles. Depending on their preference and abilities, they may guide junior designers, manage projects, volunteer to head a local community, or play a global role at the IDF. For those who need elaborate coaching skills in their work, we provide a comprehensive training course on coaching in the design profession, along with the opportunity to practice by coaching members of the IDF Design League.

The IDF's certification process involves a carefully balanced mix of subjective and objective assessment factors. The final recognition of their level of UX proficiency is awarded following a thorough assessment of the candidate's competencies by his/her course instructors, personal coach, and the IDF Certification Board.

Contribution to the Profession

Proven experts in the field of UX can contribute to the quality of education and professional services by developing training materials and textbooks, or by serving on the IDF Certification Board. We also offer outstanding publishing opportunities with an immediate reach to our million-strong target audience.

Hiring and Developing Personnel

We help companies, from the smallest to the largest such as SAP and Accenture, to build great customer experiences in the most certain way. The IDF Company Membership enables company managers to:

  • Access the world's largest community of UX designers
  • Build UX design and research expertise in their companies by taking instructor-led courses at home or at work—these are completely self-paced so as to accommodate for busy schedules
  • Solve actual business problems by getting help from the IDF's worldwide network of design professionals and coaches
  • Use industry-leading designers as personal coaches to help their employees tackle the trickiest business problems and professional development challenges
  • Administer individual memberships and corporate accounts with no hassle or unforeseen expenses

The People Behind

The Executive Board

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.

Director of The Design Lab at the University of California
La Jolla, California United States
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 group, a professor at KAIST (in Korea), and IDEO fellow, and a design theorist, studying the fundamentals of modern design.Donald A. Norman has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a honorary degree from the University of Padua, Italy. He has been a professor of Computer Science (at Northwestern University), Psychology and Cognitive Science (at University of California, San Diego). He has also worked for Apple Computer at Apple's Advanced Technology Group and for Hewlett-Packard. He now collaborates with Jakob Nielsen and Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini in the Nielsen Norman Group Recently Norman received the the 2006 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.
Principal Researcher at Microsoft
Toronto Canada
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-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design. Bill is one of the pioneers in computer music, and has played an important role in the development of computer-based tools for film, industrial design, graphics and animation.As a researcher, he has had a long history with Xerox' Palo Alto Research Center and the University of Toronto (where he is still an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Visiting Professor at the Knowledge Media Design Institute). During the fall of 2004, he was a lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and during the Spring of 2005, he was a Visiting Scientist at Microsoft Research, Cambridge.From 1994 until December 2002, he was Chief Scientist of Alias|Wavefront, and from 1995, its parent company SGI Inc. In 2001, the Hollywood Reporter named him one of the 10 most influential innovators in Hollywood. In 2002 Time Magazine named him one of the top 5 designers in Canada, and he was elected to the ACM's CHI Academy.
Founder of rCDO UX (Former Chief Design Officer at Oracle and SAP)
San Jose United States
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 dozens of publications in the field and is a frequently requested speaker at UX conferences and consultant. During his period as UI Architect for Borland he invented many of the the design patterns still popular in contemporary GUI design. These include the design of the modern programming IDE and the use of "tabs" as an organizing principle for object oriented properties. Books he has contributed to the UX field include the text book "Human Factors in Product Design" (Elsevier 1991) as well as chapters in the "Handbook of Human Computer Interaction" (Elsevier 1988), "Coordinating User Interfaces for Consistency" (Academic Press 1989) and "Usability in Practice" (Academic Press 1994). He was a founding editor of ACM's NetWorker magazine and is an active member of the interaction-design.org advisory board. Specialties Global User Experience, Design Management, User Interface Design, Usability Measurement, Design Thinking & UX Strategy Consulting
Design Partner at Khosla Ventures
San Francisco United States
Irene is the former head of UX and Design at Google. Currently, she is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great. She is dedicated to raising the strategic value of design and user research through better methods, practices, processes, leadership and quality. Irene does this by building high performing teams, establishing design practices, mentoring and growing the next generation of great designers and directing the design of interfaces and experiences. She drives strategic discussions at the highest levels of companies, focusing first on user needs to inspire product innovation.A lifelong gadget girl and math and science geek, Irene built robots in college and went to graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue studies in electrical and computer engineering. There, she found herself surrounded by young men who built technology for the sake of technology; however, Irene’s passion was to build technology inspired by people’s needs directed at solving real problems, so she carved her own path. Through coursework in engineering psychology and human factors, computer science and industrial engineering, she created her own program of study in human-computer interaction (HCI) during a time when studying HCI was unheard of. Irene then went on to be among the first designers with such a background in the consumer Internet space and began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications.After Netscape, Irene joined Yahoo! in 1998, where she established Yahoo’s user experience design practice and led the team for eight years. In 2006, Irene joined Google and led the user experience team there for six years, where she was responsible for design and research for all Google-branded products worldwide. Following Google and prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Irene ran product design at Udacity.Irene also teaches yoga and meditation at Avalon Art and Yoga Center, one of Palo Alto’s oldest and most established yoga studios. She co-chairs the board of trustees at Bowman International School, a K-8 private Montessori school in Palo Alto, Calif.Irene holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina Honors College summa cum laude and a master’s of science degree in industrial engineering and human-computer interaction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Distinguished Professor of Design at Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne Australia
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 at the intersection of three fields: design, management, and art. Friedman works with theory construction and research methodology for design. He also works with design process and design thinking as tools for value creation and economic innovation. In 1990, he created the first course in strategic design in Europe for the Oslo Business School, one of the first such courses in the world. From 1994 to 2009, he was Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design at the Norwegian School of Management, focusing on knowledge economy issues, culture, and leadership. From 2003 to 2009, he held a research appointment at The Danish Design School and the Danish Design Research Center in Copenhagen. Ken Friedman has done research in philosophy of design, doctoral education in design, knowledge management, and philosophy of science. He worked with national design policy in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Wales, and state design policy in Victoria, Australia. He is active in developing international research networks and conferences for the design research community. He is an editor of the journals Artifact and the Journal of Design Research, and a member of the editorial board of such journals as Design Studies, Design and Culture, and the International Journal of Design. He is a Council Member of the Design Research Society and the Australian Deans of the Built Environment and Design, and has been an officer in both groups. He co-chaired the La Clusaz Conference on Doctoral Education in Design in 2000, the European Academy of Management Conference in 2006, the Design Research Society Conference in 2006, the Cumulus International Conference in 2009, and the Hong Kong Conference on Doctoral Education in Design in 2011, as well as chairing the Victoria Conference on Design Thinking in 2009. Ken Friedman is also a practicing artist and designer active in the international laboratory known as Fluxus. He had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1966. His work is represented in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart. The University of Iowa Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts is the official repository of Friedman's papers and research notes. The Silverman Fluxus Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, Archiv Sohm at Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart and the Mandeville Department of Special Collections at the University of California also hold extensive archives on Friedman's work of the 1960s and 1970s.
Professor of Interaction Design at Linköping University
Eksjö Sweden
Jonas Löwgren is an interaction designer, researcher and teacher. Currently employed as professor of interaction and information design at Linköping University, Sweden. Main areas of expertise include collaborative media, interactive visualization and the design theory of digital materials.
CEO at Fjord
New York United States
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 service design consultancies working with top clients including BBC, Citibank, ESPN, Flickr, Foursquare, Nokia, and Qualcomm, among others. Olof has years of experience collaborating with major brands across the United States and Europe to design breakthrough experiences that make complex systems simple and elegant.
Board Member at Counter Culture Labs (Former Design Director at GE)
Palo Alto CA United States
Michael Arent is a Board Member of Counter Culture Labs (Oakland, CA), and involved in a humanitarian "bio-hacking" project, Open Insulin, to develop open source insulin.From 2013 to 2015, Michael served as the Design Director at GE Software Center of Excellence.Prior to joining GE, Michael was the Vice President of User Experience at SAP Business Objects, a division of SAP focused on analytics and business intelligence software solutions for the global business marketplace. He leads a global team of user experience professionals who conceptualize, design and assure the usability and harmonization of user interfaces and user experiences for a family of analytics and business intelligence products and solutions.Prior to joining SAP Michael managed and led design teams at companies such as Peoplesoft, Adobe, MetaDesign, Sun, and Apple Computer. He has been involved in forward thinking projects including advanced computer technologies exploration, interactive multimedia, interactive TV, broadband connected home, internet-based commerce in addition to enterprise business and analytics software solutions.Michael is co-author of two definitive books on software prototyping, Effective Prototyping for Software Makers and Effective Prototyping with Excel in addition to being the holder of six technology patents granted in the U.S. and internationally.

Daily Operations Team

The Daily Operations Team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Interaction Design Foundation. From creating content to perfecting the platform, the team ensures that the website works smoothly every day, for everyone around the world.

IDF Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Aarhus Denmark
IDF Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Aarhus Denmark
Editor
Patras Greece
UX researcher / Educational content developer
Rotterdam Netherlands
Editor
Florida United States
Visual and Motion Designer
Lancaster PA United States
Visual and Motion Designer
United Kingdom
Visual Designer
Singapore Singapore
Developer
Minsk Belarus
Developer
Laguna SC Brazil
Frontend Developer
Quito Ecuador
Developer
Çanakkale Turkey
Quality Assurance
Belarus
Community Manager
United Kingdom
Community Manager
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accountant
Denmark
Accountant
Denmark

Contributing Authors

Here are some of our contributing authors. These highly regarded professors and industry experts reflect our focus on creating top quality literature on UX design. View more of our contributing authors.

Director of The Design Lab at the University of California
La Jolla, California United States
Professor at Harvard Business School
Singapore
CEO at Experience Dynamics
United States
Senior Research Fellow at Xerox PARC
Singapore
Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management
United States
Computing Professor at Lancaster University
India

Continent Managers

The Continent Managers are responsible for managing the Local Groups on each continent with the help of Country Managers and Local Leaders.

Africa

UX Researcher & Strategist
Pretoria Gauteng South Africa

Asia

Production Director / Digital Head
Hanoi Vietnam

Europe

UX coach, Head of IDF Coaching and Certification
Moscow Russia

North America

Innovation/Strategy/Design Thinking Consultant
New York NY United States

Oceania

Design Strategist
Sydney NSW Australia

South America

UX Strategist & Emotion Researcher
Santiago of Chile Chile

Country Managers

The Country Managers are responsible for managing the Local Groups in their respective countries. Each operates with the help of the Local Leaders in that country.

Argentina

Interaction Designer
Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Argentina

Australia

CXDM/PMP/PMI-APC/DSDM
Jan Juc VIC Australia

Austria

CEO youspi & Chair World Usability Congress & World UX Tour
Graz Austria Austria

Bangladesh

UX & Service Design Professional
Dhaka Bangladesh

Belgium

Creative Director
Brussels Belgium

Brazil

Software maker at Nubank Brasil
Sao Paulo São Paulo Brazil

Canada

UX Strategist / Founder
Gatineau QC Canada

Chile

Journalist, expert in Digital Area | Lead I.A. & Content Manager
Santiago Region Metropolitana Chile

Colombia

UX / UI / Visual Designer
Cali Colombia

Cyprus

User Experience (UX) Manager
Cyprus

Ecuador

Design Strategist / HCI Researcher / IT Professor
Quito Ecuador

France

Creative Director
Brussels Belgium

Germany

UX Designer
Berlin Germany

Greece

CX Design Lead
Sydney Australia

India

UX Manager
Mumbai Maharashtra India

Indonesia

Designer
Sleman Yogyakarta Indonesia

Iran

User Experience Evangelist, Strategist & Consultant / Senior Lecturer
Tehran Tehran Iran

Ireland

Lead Interactive designer/developer
Dublin Ireland

Italy

Experience Strategist
Bologna Italy Italy

Jordan

Product Manager | UX Consultant | Multimedia Trainer
Amman Jordan

Kazakhstan

Student
Almaty Kazakhstan

Mexico

Professor
Puebla Mexico

Mozambique

UX Designer
Matola Mozambique

Nigeria

Peru

Senior UX Consultant, Digital strategist and Professor
Lima Peru

Poland

Design Thinking Coach and Practitioner, eCommerce and mobile research expert
Plewiska Poland Poland

Portugal

Ux Designer
Lisboa Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Dr.
Cluj-Napoca Cluj Romania

Russia

UX coach, Head of IDF Coaching and Certification
Moscow Russia

Saudi Arabia

Consultant
Dhahran Saudi Arabia

Seychelles

Student
Victoria Seychelles

South Africa

Experience Director
Pretoria South Africa

Spain

Experience Design and Research (UX/CX/HCI) - IDF Spain Country Manager
Santiago de Chile Chile

Sweden

User Experience Specialist
Orebro Orebro Sweden

Taiwan

Product Designer
New Taipei City Taiwan

Turkey

Senior UX Designer
istanbul Turkey

Ukraine

UI/UX Designer
Kiev Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Customer Experience Consultant
Dubai United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Student
Southampton United Kingdom

United States

Designer
Lovettsville Va United States

Uruguay

Innovation Manager
Montevideo Uruguay

Vietnam

Production Director / Digital Head
Hanoi Vietnam

Our Mission Statement

  1. 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—such as websites, household appliances, software applications, and mobile devices.
  2. We advocate great design through our social media reach of 2 million people every month as well as initiatives such as 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.
  3. We facilitate Local Groups of learning and career advancement. With 377 Local Groups in 82 countries, we enable designers to meet up, learn, discuss, and become inspired. Our Local Groups are a great place to meet your future employer, employee, client, or friend.
  4. Through our paid services—for example, online instructor-led courses—we help lower the cost of design education globally. We help other designers hone their skills through education, networking, 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."
  5. Through our corporate training programs we help corporations 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. In fact, 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.
  8. 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 outmaneuvered by the e-book, and 3) authors prefer that publishers use technology to maximize readership and not use it to limit readership as in the case of paywalls.

IDF Media Resources

You can download an IDF Media Resource pack here, which contains the IDF Identity Manual (IDF Logo applications, as well as color scheme), other useful supporting materials, and instructions on setting up Facebook or LinkedIn groups for IDF Local Group Leaders.

IDF LOGO APPLICATIONS

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Organisation name The Interaction Design Foundation
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Aarhus C. Denmark
Contact information hello@interaction-design.org
Chief executive officers Mads Soegaard and Rikke Friis Dam
Company ID 34456496

FAQs

Can I pay the membership fee monthly?

That depends on the membership type.

You can not pay for the Professional Membership or the Student Membership in monthly instalments, as much as we’d like to help you. Please bear in mind that just one of our courses would cost you over 1000 USD if you were to buy it online elsewhere. So, right there, you are literally saving thousands and thousands of dollars.

You can, however, pay for IDF Design League membership in monthly instalments. The reason is that this membership is more costly than the Professional and Student membership.

That's also the reason we list all our membership fees in monthly rates so that you can compare the cost between membership types – even though two of the membership types are paid yearly.


Do you offer a trial membership?

We don't offer trial memberships, but we do have a 30-day money-back guarantee. Please bear in mind that just one of our courses would cost you over 1000 USD if you were to buy it online elsewhere. So, right there, you are literally saving thousands and thousands of dollars.

Another reason we don't have trial memberships is that it attracts too many people who are just "looking around". Our community is very much about helping each other and connecting professionally so it would simply create too much "noise" to have people come and go.

I missed the enrollment date and now the course is closed. Will I have any opportunity to take the course in the future?

Don't worry if you missed the course. We will re-run it shortly. One of the reasons we continually open and close courses is to be able to control the classroom size.

Networking is a large part of our value proposition, so we want just the right amount of people inside the courses. That is also why we display the "XX % percent booked" on our course icons.

We’ll re-schedule the course and make it available for sign-up on https://www.interaction-design.org/courses in only about a week (or perhaps a little bit more). The actual start date of the course will be a few weeks after sign-ups begin too. We’ve found that this is the best way to maximize flexibility and convenience for everyone, especially you as you put your course program together.

Do I have to be online at an exact time to study?

No. You can set your own study schedule. There are no "live sessions" / "webinars" since our members are from all timezones around the world. We are a truly global community – with members in every single corner of the world.

Thus, once you are enrolled, you can take all the time you want to complete a given course. Each "classroom" for each course will never close, so you’ll have permanent access to your classmates and your course material (and your own answers).

What is the difference between a Professional and a Student membership?

The student membership includes the very same benefits as a Professional membership - except for 2 things:

  • You will appear as a "student" to the other IDF members. In other words, if you want to use your membership to network and get a job, then you should probably go for the Professional membership.
  • You can take a maximum of three courses at the same time. You can still take all the courses you want with no extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than three ongoing courses at the same time.
Can I take all your courses at no extra costs?

That's correct. Once you have paid your membership, you can take any number of our instructor-led courses that you would like. At no additional costs. No hidden fees. Just pure learning and networking.

We’re a community and not a money machine. And yeah, we hate hidden fees just as much as you do!

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Will I receive a Course Certificate?

Yes. Every time you complete a course you get an industry-recognized Course Certificate. There is no limit to how many Course Certificates you can earn during your membership. You will also receive a 3-step guide on how to include your Course Certificate on LinkedIn and in your Resume/CV.

You can see an example of a Course Certificate at the bottom of the Course Catalogue.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take all the courses you would like. For example, if there are 30 active courses, you can enroll into all 30 course at the same time and move from one to the other as you please.

There are no further charges after you paid for your membership.

Please note: If you have a student membership, you can take a maximum of three courses at the same time. As a student, you can thus still take all the courses you would like – free of extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than three ongoing courses at the same time.

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Which Credit or Debit card can I use to pay?

We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards - both debit cards and credit cards. In addition, you should be able to use your debit and credit card to pay the membership fee using PayPal checkout (even without having a PayPal account).

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Possible reasons

  1. IDF is registered in Denmark and that could make the transaction appear as an "overseas charge". That could cause your bank's security system to block the transaction.
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  3. Temporary technical problem between your bank and the payment gateway

Possible ways of fixing it

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Please contact our member support at hello@interaction-design.org and they will provide all the information you need to do a wire transfer to our account in Denmark.

My company wants to buy me a membership, should I choose a company membership?

If you want to take courses just for yourself, then you’ll need an individual/professional membership, not a company membership. Company memberships are only for groups of people within the same company.

What is the difference between a Professional and a Student membership?

The student membership includes the very same benefits as a Professional membership - except for 2 things:
You will appear as a "student" to the other IDF members. In other words, if you want to use your membership to network and get a job, then you should probably go for the Professional membership.

You can take a maximum of three courses at the same time. You can still take all the courses you want with no extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than three ongoing courses at the same time.