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:

“Raise global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reduce costs to as low as possible.”

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 486 Local Groups in 97 countries.


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

IDF Cost Savings

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, local meet-ups, 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 courses
  • Solve business problems by getting help from our global network of design professionals
  • Administer group memberships with no hassle or unforeseen expenses