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With 86,929 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.

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.

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.


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What are design principles?

Design principles are widely applicable laws, guidelines, biases and design considerations which designers apply with discretion. Professionals from many disciplines—e.g., behavioral science, sociology, physics and ergonomics—provided the foundation for design principles via their accumulated knowledge and experience.

Design principles

Courses

Accessibility: how to design for all

Gain practical, hands-on skills that’ll enable you to assess and optimize for common accessibility issues and improve the quality of the user experience by avoiding classic mistakes.

Short course Intermediate Accessibility

Affordances: designing intuitive user interfaces

This course will teach you both the theory of affordances and also how to build instantly perceptible affordances into your own designs.

Short course Advanced Interface design

Become a UX designer from scratch

If you want to join one of the most rapidly growing fields in design, then look no further – this course will show you how to embark on a new career in UX design.

Short course Beginner User experience

Conducting usability testing

Hands-on experience with all stages of a usability test project—how to plan, run, analyze and report on usability tests.

Short course Intermediate User testing

Creativity: methods to design better products and services

Design better products, services and experiences by helping you and your team develop innovative and useful solutions.

Short course Beginner Design thinking

Design Thinking: The Beginner’s Guide

This course will help you design better products, services, processes, strategies, spaces, architecture, and experiences.

Short course Beginner Design thinking

Dynamic user experience: design and usability

This course will equip you with an understanding of how to use Javascript to turn a static webpage into a dynamic one.

Short course Advanced Web development

Emotional design: how to make products people will love

This course will provide you with the information necessary to elicit positive emotional experiences through your designs.

Short course Intermediate User engagement UX design Interface design

Formal design methods: formalism and design

Learn how various forms of formal notation and methods can help you catch potentially disastrous problems early in a design process.

Short course Advanced Information architecture

Gamification: creating addictive user experiences

This course is designed to give you the confidence and skills to undertake gamification design projects.

Short course Intermediate Optimisation User engagement

Gestalt psychology and web design: the ultimate guide

Gain a thorough understanding of the various design principles that come together to create a user’s experience when using a product or service.

Short course Beginner User experience

Get your product used: adoption and appropriation

Master the concepts and practice of designing for adoption and appropriation, blending theory and practice to ensure you get to grips with these essential design processes.

Short course Advanced Product design

How to become a freelance designer

This course will show you how to create a freelance business from scratch—from overcoming your fears, to the practicalities of making a brand name of yourself.

Short course Intermediate UX careers

How to create a UX portfolio

This course will give you the skills needed to create your personal online UX portfolio site and PDF UX portfolio.

Short course Beginner User experience

How to create intuitive products by imitating physicality

In this course you will how to make the use of your product “feel right” and how to incorporate users' existing knowledge within your designs, thereby making your product intuitive.

Short course Advanced Usability

How to design for augmented and virtual reality

Master how to create immersive 3D content for AR and VR that provides rich user experiences

Short course Advanced Augmented and virtual reality

Human-Computer Interaction - HCI

This course provides a comprehensive introduction and deep dive into HCI, so you can create designs that provide outstanding user experiences.

Short course Beginner Interaction design

Information visualisation: getting dashboards right

This course will lead you through some of the key considerations when designing dashboard displays

Short course Intermediate Interface design

Information visualization

Simple but practical lessons to guide your development in information visualization.

Short course Beginner User experience

Interaction design for usability

This course will teach you fundamental usability concepts and methods and will tie them together with interaction and visual design.

Short course Beginner Interaction design Usability

Psychology of e-commerce: how to sell online

This course is based on tried and tested psychological techniques that bring together content and design to improve your web design and increase your customer engagement.

Short course Beginner User engagement User experience

Psychology of interaction design: the ultimate guide

This course will equip you with the knowledge to relate to your users psychologically, thus allowing you to create stand-out products.

Short course Advanced Psychology Interaction design

Service design: delivering integrated service experiences

Learn how to go through a robust service design process and which methods to use at each step along the way.

Short course Intermediate Service design

The brain and technology: brain science in interface design

This course merges brain science and computer science in order to teach you the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Short course Advanced Human-computer interaction Interaction design

The practical guide to usability

Turn your good intentions into great products through a mixture of teaching both the theoretical guidelines as well as practical applications surrounding usability.

Short course Beginner Usability

The ultimate guide to visual perception and design

This course explores how we can improve designs to support human vision better and improve usability as a direct result.

Short course Advanced Visual design

UI design patterns for successful software

This course will equip you with the knowledge necessary to select the most appropriate display methods and solve common design problems affecting existing user interfaces.

Short course Beginner Design patterns

UX management: strategy and tactics

In this course, we will explore the ins and outs of UX maturity by looking at the way your organization is structured and developed.

Short course Intermediate UX strategy UX leadership

User experience: the beginner's guide

Gain a thorough understanding of the various design principles that come together to create a user’s experience when using a product or service.

Short course Beginner User experience

User research: methods and best practices

This course will give you insights into the most essential qualitative research methods around and will teach you how to put them into practice in your design work.

Short course Intermediate User research

Web Design for Usability

Learn the principles of user-centred design and apply them to your designs to improve usability

Short course Beginner Usability

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