About The Interaction Design Foundation

The World’s Leading Online Design School

Your One-Stop Design School to Learn New Design Skills

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Online Design Courses

Lessons are self-paced so you’ll never miss a class.

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UX Master Classes

Webinars that constantly update your design skills and knowledge.

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UX Bootcamps

Get a job in design with mentor-led sessions.

With 95,616 graduates, the Interaction Design Foundation is the biggest online design school globally. We were founded in 2002.


We’re market leaders in online design education because the world’s leading experts create our content and because we’re specialized in design. Our courses cover the entire spectrum of UX design from beginner to advanced.

User Experience Design
Design Thinking
Human-Computer Interaction
User Research
UI Design
UX Management
Gestalt Psychology
Information Visualization

Our Course Certificates are trusted by industry leaders such as IBM and Adobe who train their teams with our courses. Universities such as MIT and the University of Cambridge include our material in their curricula.

Our clients: IBM, HP, Adobe, GE, Accenture, Allianz, Phillips, Deezer, Capgemin, Mcafee, SAP, Telenor, Cigna, British Parliment, State of New York
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
Stanford University
Indiana University

We’ve created the world’s biggest and most authoritative library of open-source UX Design literature with such noted authors as Don Norman and Clayton Christensen.

Donald A. Norman
Donald A. Norman
Director of The Design Lab
La Jolla California United States
Don Norman is Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego, cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, IDEO fellow, and former Vice President of Apple. He serves on numerous company and educational advisory boards and boards of directors. He has published 18 books translated into 24 languages including Emotional Design and Design of Everyday Things. He can be found at www.jnd.org.
Daniel Rosenberg
Daniel Rosenberg
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
Clayton Christensen
Clayton Christensen
Professor at Harvard Business School
Massachusetts United States
Clayton Christensen was a professor at the Harvard Business School, and is best known for creating the theory of disruptive innovation in his 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma. Christensen’s ideas are influential to business managers and designers alike, through reinforcing how design, business, and marketing should work hand-in-hand in order to create exceptional value and commercial success. His insight is that market disruption—i.e., a new market overtaking an existing one—is not about technological sophistication, but rather about how technology is innovatively applied to achieve a new and better business model—that is, how technology is designed to create value for users.
Frank Spillers
Frank Spillers
CEO at Experience Dynamics
Portland OR United States
Frank Spillers is a web and software usability expert and is the founder of usability consultancy firm Experience Dynamics. With a MSc in Cognitive Science, and eleven years of experience in UX design, Spillers has worked with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Microsoft. He is an experienced practitioner of user-centered and emotional design, and has developed a new research technique called “cognitive archeology,” which aids experts when researching emotional product design.

Our Mission: To Improve Your Career

Since 2002, we’ve been on a mission to:

  • Teach you concrete design skills to advance your career and build a better future for yourself and your employer.
  • Teach you how to leverage the power of design in the same way companies such as Apple and Google do.
  • Help you apply your new design skills to improve the quality of life for humankind. We live in a world filled with inefficient and frustrating design and you can make a positive impact by designing human-centered technology.
  • Democratize education by providing top-quality, online design courses at a fraction of the cost of traditional education.
  • We offer you the best expertise from both high-tech companies and academia. We produce top-grade learning materials with elite industry designers from Google and IBM as well as top professors from Stanford, MIT and Cambridge University.
  • We facilitate learning and career advancement in 467 Local Groups in 95 countries.

Impact in Numbers


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Cost per course Courses taken 5 10 15 20 25 30 $31/course $16 $10 $8 $6 $5/course

Why? With our annual membership you pay a $16 flat fee a month (4 cups of coffee), and take all the UX courses you want.

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