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Online UX design courses for you and your colleagues

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Make your company design-centric today

Empower your colleagues to take our online courses and make great design and customer experience a part of your company’s DNA. Design-driven companies consistently grow twice as much as the industry average. This is because excellent User Experience (UX) is a critical ingredient of marketplace success.

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IDF Company Memberships are created to help your company grow by becoming more design-centric. You and your colleagues will learn from tailored course agendas so that everyone — from your designers to developers, or even marketers — can benefit from thinking like a top-notch designer.

Dedicated relationship manager for personalized help

Be it about your tailored course agendas, billing and admin, or any other issue, you'll have a relationship manager ready to help and support you every step of the way.

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First-class content covering all of UX design

All IDF courses are taught by experienced practitioners and leading professors. They will guide you and your colleagues through all the pertinent areas of UX design.

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Tailored course learning paths to suit your needs

You'll have access to tailored learning paths for all job roles — be it for your front-end developers, marketers or product managers. All of your team can get on board and become truly design-focused.

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A simple, flat membership fee structure

Our flat membership fee makes sense for organizational learning. You and your colleagues can take as many courses as you want without having to pay a penny more.

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Easy administrative management

With IDF Company Memberships, billing matters are simplified. You also have access to a dashboard with data on your organization’s learning progress. Need more help? Relax; your relationship manager has got you covered.

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Free-to-use downloadable templates

We’ll provide a comprehensive library of templates that your company is allowed to use for free. With templates for customer journey maps, for personas, and for many other deliverables and processes, you can bootstrap your design process.

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Learn from anywhere with online, self-paced courses

Our online courses are self-paced, so learning fits into your schedule instead of the other way around. With online courses, you and your colleagues won’t even need to leave your place of work to learn with us.

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Get help from other designers online and face-to-face

You can get help with your business problems from our global network of designers. Ask questions in our online discussion forum, and meet designers in your city.

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$36 per colleague per month, paid yearly

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Many global companies and organizations trust our courses and certificates, and have taken up company memberships with the IDF:

IBM, HP, Adobe, GE, Accenture, Allianz, Phillips, Deezer, Capgemin, Mcafee, SAP, Telenor, Cigna, British Parliment, State of New York

Your dedicated relationship manager is here to help

Each IDF company membership has a dedicated relationship manager — an actual human you can talk to and consult for help with your account. So, if you’ve got a question about increasing the membership size, you have billing requests or inquiries, or you need help creating learning plans for your colleagues, you can just pick up the phone to speak with someone who’s familiar with your company’s unique needs.

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Creating tailored learning paths: Your relationship manager is also your learning advisor, and can provide tailored paths for different job roles.

Tracking your company’s progress: Your relationship manager can help you track your colleagues’ progress and completion rates.

Inviting your colleagues: We can help you set up a special page for your colleagues to join your company membership.

Billing requests or inquiries: If you have special billing requests (for instance, starting your membership at a later date), feel free to ask away.

Speak to us before you sign up

Have questions about IDF Company Memberships? Wondering how to persuade your manager or boss to sign up? You can speak to us before joining. Tell us what you need and we’ll get in touch!

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First-class course content across the full spectrum of UX design

When you and your colleagues take a course at the IDF, you are learning from established academics and experienced professionals — in other words, the best instructors you could possibly find. Some of our instructors include:

Frank Spillers, CEO of Experience Dynamics, with decades of experience in UX consultancy at major global brands.

William Hudson, CEO of Syntagm Ltd, with a lifetime of experience in UX consulting and teaching at major global brands.

Alan Dix, co-author of the globally best-selling university-level textbook on Human-Computer Interaction.

These instructors will not only teach you the fundamentals of UX design, but they’ll also dive deep into topics such as design thinking, psychology, and emotional design. Our courses are relevant not just to UX designers, but also to product managers, front-end developers, and marketers. Everyone in your team can learn — and will benefit from — great design.

Our course creation process

Each of our courses goes through a meticulous, six-stage creation process. This is how we ensure each course is highly relevant, insightful, and engaging — so that everyone in your team will learn something directly applicable to their daily work.

Universities that use our educational material

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
Stanford University
Indiana University

Learning agendas tailored to your company

Most people in your company work in different roles, and most people — including marketers and project managers — can benefit from learning about design and human psychology. It follows, therefore, that you and your colleagues should all have tailored learning paths, each one designed to fit the demands of an individual role.

With IDF company memberships, your relationship manager is also your learning advisor, and can help draw up agendas for your entire team.

When your visual designer, UX researcher, frontend developer, marketer, and project manager all have their own tailored learning plans, you can be assured that there is maximally relevant learning going on in your entire company.

A flat pricing model that makes sense for companies

When you and your colleagues have to pay for every course you take, the costs can skyrocket very quickly. That’s why, unlike other educational providers, the IDF has a flat membership fee regardless of how many courses people in your company are taking.

This translates to exceptional cost savings the more you and your colleagues learn (think of it as our way of rewarding learning). Besides cost savings, our flat pricing model reflects our core belief that your learning journey should be lifelong, not a 1-week crash course.

You don’t want your team to improve; you want them to constantly improve, again and again. That’s what growth is all about.

Easy management of your colleagues’ learning journeys

No one likes administrative work. We’ve made managing your company’s membership simple and straightforward. Centralized billing for all your colleagues removes the hassle of having to collate individual expenses.

All company admins will also gain an overview of your colleagues’ learning journeys, and can even download a detailed spreadsheet with just one click. This means you and your colleagues can focus your energy on picking up new skills, rather than dealing with complex, unnecessary paperwork.

A comprehensive library of free-to-use templates

You and your team will find that most of the time, solving a business problem is not about reinventing the wheel, but rather finding the optimal solution that satisfies your needs. That’s why we provide a large compendium of downloadable templates, which you are free to use — even for commercial purposes.

Bootstrap your design workflows with our templates covering topics from customer journey maps to ideation strategies. When you stand on the shoulders of giants, you can see farther and more clearly, and deliver industry-beating solutions.

Online, self-paced courses

Learning should not conflict with your team’s schedules, or take them away from the office — it should fit into their schedules. That’s why you will find all of our courses are online and self-paced.

Go at your own pace: Make a course suit your schedule, not the other way around.

Learn from anywhere: All you need is an internet connection.

Once enrolled in a course, you and your colleagues will gain access to a new lesson each week, which you are free to complete without any deadlines.

Whether you are setting aside “learning hours” for each of your colleagues or giving your team free reign to manage their learning schedules, you can be sure that learning can happen without having to sacrifice entire days for training.

connect online and face-to-face with our global community of designers

When you and your team are faced with a challenging problem, sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes. At the IDF, you can find thousands of helpful designers in our global community.

Discuss your problems in our forums to get valuable input from other designers around the world.

Head to an IDF meet-up to have an in-depth conversation with designers nearby.

With IDF Local Groups in every city, you and your team can connect with UX professionals near you and gain fresh perspectives on your obstacles. Many heads are better than one when it comes to finding the best solutions — you may even decide that your office is a perfect place to hold the next IDF Local Group meet-up!

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Frequently asked questions

IDF Company Memberships

What kind of payment options do you provide?

The easiest method is to use a credit card. For larger accounts, we offer to email you an invoice (e.g., referencing a Purchase Order ID) and you can pay using a regular bank/wire transfer.

And self-evidently:

  • Once you have paid the annual membership, there are no hidden charges/fees, no up-selling, no cross-selling or the like.
  • You do not have a limited cancellation period and can thus walk away at any point.
Can the members of our account take more than one course at a time?

Yes, each member can take as many as courses as he/she wants. There are no further charges. The members of your account will also have access to our mentoring scheme, local meetings in over 200 cities worldwide, eBook versions of books, among many other benefits.

Are there any hidden fees?

You can rest assured that... :

  • Once you have paid the annual membership, there are no hidden charges/fees, no up-selling, no cross-selling or the like.
  • You do not have a limited cancellation period and can thus walk away at any point.
Can we change our Company Membership Plan later?

No problem at all. You simply choose who should be your account administrator(s) and he/she/they can add new members whenever you want — hassle free. In addition, they can reduce the number of members. This way, you will never pay too much or too little – you are in complete control.

Can a Company Membership Administrator check employee compliance—i.e., can he/she see how active other company members are?

The company profile page provides the administrator with an overview of their team's progress, including:

  • total number of seats filled
  • total accumulated learning hours
  • total course enrollments and completions
  • total of how many members have enrolled in local groups

Additionally, the company leaderboard section shows the ranking within a company on:

  • total learning hours
  • total course points
  • total course completions

For a more advanced view of your team's progress, a detailed dashboard allows administrators to see per-member learning hours on a weekly basis and in total. The advanced dashboard also details

  • course enrollments
  • course completions

If you are an administrator of a Company Membership, you can additionally check the compliance of employees and their activity level in the following ways:

1. Course Certificates

  • We list the course certificates of each employee on his/her public profile page for each course that person has completed. If an employee has started a course—but not finished it yet—it will be listed under the heading "Courses this member is taking".
  • If an employee has finished a course and achieved a particularly good result, the course certificate will include a distinction—e.g. "Top 10% course taker."

In other words, if you are an administrator of a Company Membership you cannot read the individual course answers of your employees or see their day-to-day progress in a given course, but you can see the result of their activities, i.e. course certificates (which will have distinctions if the employee is particularly good).

2. Distinctions

When employees are particularly active on the IDF platform, they will earn distinctions which are also listed on their public profile page. For example, if employees are particularly active in seeking advice from other members, they will earn a "Top discussion contributor" to acknowledge their thirst for learning.

Conclusion

These features make it possible for administrators of a Company Membership to see:

  • how many courses an employee is taking
  • how many hours an employee has spent learning
  • how many courses an employee has finished
  • which courses an employee is taking
  • if an employee has finished a course in the top of his/her class (i.e. a distinction on the course certificate)
  • if an employee has earned other distinctions, e.g., when being extra inquisitive in the discussions on the IDF platform
How can I get my manager to sign up for an IDF Company Membership?

You can persuade your manager to sign up for an IDF Company Membership, for you and your colleagues, by sending an email based on the template below.

Email template:

Dear manager,

I have been learning UX design from the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF), and have made great progress towards learning how to design the best solutions for our company. As such, I would like to propose that we create an IDF Company Membership, to allow me and my colleagues and me to learn UX design from the IDF. An IDF Company Membership would allow the company to provide a high-quality design education for our entire team.

Here are 8 reasons why investing in design education for me and my colleagues makes sense:

  1. High-quality design education at low prices: Forbes Magazine says the Interaction Design Foundation offers “Ivy League level education in UX, Product Design or Human-Computer Interaction”. Because the IDF is a nonprofit organization, the company can thus get high-quality training with low membership fees.
  2. Gain an edge over competitors: research by the Design Management Institute shows that companies who invest in design outperform the market by 228%.
  3. Unique mix of theory and practical knowledge: IDF courses are crafted by academics and industry experts so that they provide the right balance between theoretical rigor and practical insights.
  4. Useful templates and checklists: IDF courses provide specially created templates and design checklists that can be used directly in daily work.
  5. Tap into a global community of designers: the IDF community has 470 local groups worldwide, where meet-ups happen for knowledge sharing.
  6. Self-paced, flexible learning: IDF courses are fully online, with lessons designed so they can be done in as little as 15 minutes a day.
  7. Discuss design problems with peers: online discussions make it convenient to reach out to thousands of designers to get advice and insights on design problems.
  8. Greater company-wide UX design literacy: not only for designers, but also for project managers and developers, to create the best user-centered product.

You can find out more about IDF Company Memberships by visiting: https://www.interaction-design.org/corporate. From there you'll be able to go ahead with signing our team up for membership! Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form, or email sales@team.interaction-design.org to personally get in touch with their sales team.

P.S.: To give you some background, the Interaction Design Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation comprising the world’s design and UX elite. For a PDF with more information about the IDF Company Membership, please see: https://public-media.interaction-design.org/documents/IDF-InteractionDesignFoundation-CompanyMemberships.pdf

How many members do we need to sign up for a company membership?

The minimum number of members to sign up for a Company Membership is 2. If you already have some of your colleagues enrolled in our community, we can always merge existing accounts into a new company account.

How will we manage our company membership?

As soon as you become a member of our community you can set any person you want as your Company Account Administrator. This administrator will be able to:

  • Add more colleagues to your Company Membership
  • Promote one or more of your colleagues to administrator(s) level — if you wish to have more than one
  • Remove colleagues from the Company Membership if they leave your company or switch roles within your company
  • Manage the billing — e.g., add or delete a payment method
  • Change the number of members in the Company Membership so that you’re never paying too much
Are your courses only offered online?

As a member, you will be part of a global community of practitioners who will help you understand content as well as help tackle your own business problems. For example, we offer group exercises inside each of our courses where you can learn from, and with, your peers. We have discussion forums where you can connect with members worldwide and we also offer regular meet-ups in more than 450 cities.

How can an IDF membership be applied concretely within my company?

When you take a course with the IDF, we continually encourage you to apply your new-found knowledge, both during and after taking a course. For example, in most exercises we encourage you to complete the exercise in the context of your current work instead of using "textbook examples".

Who are the intended users for your courses?

Our courses are designed with many different users in mind—from a UX Designer who is starting out in his/her first job, to a more senior designer who wants to specialize. There are plenty of offers to choose from in a wide array of areas. Additionally, our courses offer something for practically anyone—from a Sales Rep, to a Marketing Manager. Design education can be applied and become beneficial to all roles within a company.

How much time is needed to complete a course?

Once enrolled in a course, you will gain access to a new lesson each week, which you are free to complete without any deadlines and no end date, either.

What kind of support do you provide for business/company members?

Each IDF company membership has a dedicated relationship manager—an actual human you can talk to and consult for help with your account. So, whether you’ve got a question about increasing the membership size, billing requests and inquiries, or need help creating learning plans for your colleagues, you can just pick up the phone to speak with a person familiar with your company’s unique needs

How can I make sure my company members remain engaged in the coursework?

With a Company membership, your relationship manager will be able to provide you with resources to keep your team motivated and on track with their respective course agendas, and they’ll be your main source of contact here at the IDF — always just an email or phone call away.

How do I know which courses to choose for my company membership team members?

With IDF company memberships, your relationship manager is also your learning advisor, and can help draw up agendas for your entire team. You can also request to receive a document on Course Learning Paths from your relationship manager.

Your courses are online, so how will I connect with members?

At the IDF, you can find thousands of helpful designers in our global community. Discuss your problems in our forums to get valuable input from other designers, or head to an IDF meet-up to have an in-depth conversation with designers nearby. With IDF Local Groups in every city, you and your team can connect with UX professionals near you and gain fresh perspectives on your problems.

Can I rotate users in my company membership, for example, allowing them to use the IDF account for 3 months at a time?

Because every user has an individual profile with his/her own progress, you are not able to rotate users as you would lose all progress and completed courses for those users. Each membership is per person per year. You can always remove a user from a company account, as well as add new members throughout the membership period.

Speak to us before you sign up

Have questions about IDF Company Memberships? Wondering how to persuade your manager or boss to sign up? You can speak to your relationship manager before joining. Tell us what you need and we’ll get in touch!

Daniëlla Gyselinck

Hi, I’m Daniëlla! Do you want to learn more about how IDF Company Memberships can help your organization succeed? Let’s get in touch!

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