To begin with, as a qualified psychologist, I’ve always been interested in user experience and product design. I employed as a technical writer after discovering that certain devices would not need user manuals and lengthy manuals if they were well-built. That’s why I started to study interaction design and user experience. I already had some research experience and soon learned that I can adapt it to the new field. Nonetheless, I required additional training in that field. That’s how I learned about Interaction Design Foundation, and how my fantastic journey began…
It is worth mentioning that I wrote this article after I received a message from Rikke Friis Dam (co-funder and editor in chief of the IxDF) stating that I am among the best performers in IxDF courses and that my name appeared in the top 1%, as well as an invitation to write about my experience with the Interaction Design Foundation.
Interaction Design Foundation
The Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF) is the most well-known online design school in the world. It was established in 2002 and has over 100,000 graduates. It is the industry leader in online design education and its content is created by the world’s top professionals, many of whom are design specialists. Courses span the whole range of UX design, from novice to advanced.
Content – UX Design Courses
As the area of UX is on the rise, there are more and more courses and content available. But membership to IxDF is one very comprehensible and reliable of knowledge and a place to be a UX specialist and people working in the digital industry in general. A variety of courses present cross-sectional knowledge and even exhausting tactics of implementing and letting your company be UX-driven.
Course about accessibility introduces us to our product and our world more accessible and designed driven by empathy and compassion. At the same time, it is possible to learn more about accessibility standards such a WCAG or Aria. The User Research methods provide a complete overview of qualitative and quantitive user research methods, which are still underestimated in the digital world. I wish I had done it in the past to introduce some ideas from it to my past co-workers during our joint projects.
Fortunately, once you start studying, you’ll probably find so much interesting material that you won’t be able to stop learning and looking for new challenges. Courses include great industry names like Frank Spiller (my personal favorite; follow him on Linkedin and check out his initiative – UX Inner Circle), Alan Dix, and William Hudson (LinkedIn and Syntagm website).
Courses Ive completed
So far I completed 13 online courses in IDF platform. You can ask me about their curriculum in message using contact form or in LinkedIn (just invite me and write the question in invitation!).
- How to Create a UX Portfolio
- User Research – Methods and Best Practices
- Gamification – Creating Addictive User Experiences
- Affordances: Designing Intuitive User Interfaces
- Information Visualization
- Become a UX Designer from Scratch
- How to Design for Augmented and Virtual Reality
- UX Management: Strategy and Tactics
- Human-Computer Interaction – HCI
- Accessibility: How to Design for All
- Conducting Usability Testing
- Data-Driven Design: Quantitative Research for UX
- Dynamic User Experience: Design and Usability
- How to Become a Freelance Designer?
Courses are categorized into career tracks but don’t worry. You can sign for any course as long signing up is opened. Classes are hosted on the authorized platform, easily accessible through the web browser though desktop and mobile devices.
The standard of the courses ranges from fully elementary to advanced. You can begin by taking Beginner courses, which will teach you about UX, interaction design, and the fundamentals of design thinking. There are also courses with more practical applications, such as becoming a UX designer from scratch, creating a UX portfolio, or working as a freelancer. I completed all three, and they have proven useful. Some courses have templates that you can save and use while working. It’s extremely beneficial and also money well spent.
Literature UX Library
In this paragraph, I would like to mention that with being a member of the Interaction Design Foundation, comes a key extensively developed UX and interaction design-oriented library. More than 100 leading designers, bestselling authors, and Ivy League professors have contributed to free textbooks. You can find there a massive encyclopedia of 4,000+ pages covering the design of digital goods and services such as websites, household items, smartphones, computer software, and aircraft cockpits.
Don’t miss the UX Design articles divided into five categories:
- User Experience (UX) Design,
- Design Thinking,
- Human-Computer Interaction (HCI),
- User Interface Design.
Interaction Design Foundation organises live masterclasses with industry leaders. Topics of those are a up to date and they are devoted to important topics from UX and interaction design. Here there is an exemplary webinar:
How to transfer UX to digital
Frank Spiller’s webinar came at the right time. Author discusses how to move UX research and design to the remote – what can be done online, and what the drawbacks of remote work are. What is more, the following practical tips are provided in the webinar:
- Reduce the workshop time to 2.5-3 hours and document the meeting
- What types of research can be successful in remote work?
- How to conduct online tasks that were previously done in person?
With IxDF membership participation in such webinar costs only about 3$!
How to start?
To start learning with IDF, you need to sign up as a member and pay for your membership. Interaction Design Foundation is a non-profit and applies clear and concise financing.
9 advice if you want to successfully undertake UX courses on IxDF
- You don’t have to worry about understanding everything correctly; you can successfully finish your course with some minor knowledge gaps.
- Stuck? Go forward! Don’t spend too much time on one particular lesson you cannot pass. Move forward and go back to this lesson at the end of the course; you will exclude the lack of motivation.
- Learn some more about the subject of the course (read books or watch some videos).
- Follow the course teachers on Social Media and other channels.
- Add the course to your calendar!
- Implement some ideas from the course to your professional or personal project.
- Don’t give up; take a short break and go back to the course.
- Read articles from the UX library to broaden your perspective.
- Add IxDF as your start page or add it to your bookmarks. to maximize chances of doing some work more frequently.
Is it worth it? Prices
Firstly, price varies depending on your location, and there is a option for cheaper membership price for students. Personally I think it looks very attractive compared to other online courses.
Moreover, the Interaction Design Foundation has a broad and very satisfying offer for education in UX and Interaction Design. Membership covers unlimited access to courses and joining a global digital community, and attractive prices of frequent webinar masterclasses. If you would like to stay in the loop and stay in touch with some great industry professionals, do not hesitate to join.
You can join now using my link and in that way we both gain two months membership for free! That’s quite an offer, is it? Click on the banner to claim the offer.Computer Mockup by freepik – pl.freepik.com