• Anastasia Shcherbakova

Review of the Interaction Design Foundation

I came across Interaction Design Foundation while transitioning from marketing into the design field and still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. One thing that you might notice when you get interested in the whole "design" thing is the variety of disciplines there. From UX to visual design, they all have their own nuances.


I felt massively overwhelmed by the amount of information. Not only it's plenty, but it's also often controversial and shallow. For a person who is new to the industry, it was difficult to identify credible sources and choose a learning path.


When I came across Interaction Design Foundation, it felt like a perfect option to start with. More affordable than bootcamps and with a bunch of courses to choose from, it gives you a good understanding of what working in UX entails and what challenges you might face.


Though, if you are looking for UX Design courses, you need to understand that this doesn't guarantee you any results unless you are willing to do the work yourself.



So far I've taken the following courses:

  • UX Management: Strategy and Tactics

  • Gestalt Psychology and Web Design: The Ultimate Guide

  • User Experience: The Beginner’s Guide

  • Get Your Product Used: Adoption and Appropriation

  • Design Thinking: The Beginner’s Guide

  • User Research – Methods and Best Practices

  • Become a UX Designer from Scratch

  • How to Create a UX Portfolio

And I was over the moon when IxDF launched the Service Design course, the part of design I was leaning towards the most. Even if you don't plan to tie your life to UX design, you can still incorporate its principles in your work. And that alone can improve an organization's performance and strategy.



All these UX courses give a look into "how" things work and why things are done in a certain way. Besides, each lesson is provided with additional information and resources if you want to dig deeper.


So, to summarize, here's what you can expect from UX courses by IxDF:

Pros:

  • it's a great opportunity to get a taste of each discipline and understand the foundation (no pun intended) of UX design

  • IxDF is a community. I had a chance to connect with a few people and it felt like I'm not the only one on this transition journey.

  • Extracurricular webinars to learn from subject matter experts.

  • Courses require actual studying and immersing in lectures.

  • The quality of the presented material is high.

Cons:

  • Might not be so interesting for more experienced professionals.

  • No option to recover your grades if you made a mistake (however, you can redo the whole course).

And the IxDF team deserves a separate mention. It's a supportive and knowledgeable group of people always ready to help you no matter what the challenge is. If you are not sure which track or courses to pick, they will be happy to help you find the right one.