IxDA was formed in 2005 to address the needs of the then-emergent field of interaction design. In the intervening years, interaction design has grown as a industry and an area of study, at the same time the recognition of its value in the creation of great products has grown.
We were the first community for those interested in the practice of interaction design, and now we are the largest, with over 170 chapters and more than 80,000 members globally. We are driven by a passion for design, and a belief that our practice of interaction design can make the world a better place. Through local meetups to global events and initiatives, this community comes together to connect, to advance our professional craft and improve our shared human condition through that effort.
What is interaction design?
Interaction Design (IxD) defines the structure and behavior of interactive systems. Interaction Designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances and beyond.
IxDA today is a global community of people who share an interest in interaction design. We are designers, developers, academics, researchers, and more. We’re not a professional organization in the traditional sense: we don’t care if you call yourself an interaction designer or not.
Our community also extends to our employers, our sponsors, and those who make products and services for us, as well as with us.
IxDA is committed to advancing the practice of Interaction Design. Here’s are just a few of the ways we do that:
- Local groups
In 170 cities around the globe, IxDA members self-organize on a regular basis to connect, learn and inspire.
Our annual conferences in Latin America and North America/Europe together host thousands of attendees each year. Additionally, conferences are held regionally by affiliated community members.
- Online community
Our online forums connect practitioners to learn and share around relevant topics.
- Interaction Design Awards
To increase understanding and awareness of the field and to promote a standard of excellence, we host annual Interaction Awards presented at Interaction Week. Recent winners included an experimental system to help the blind navigate in the London underground and a mobile app that fights childhood obesity.
- Interaction Design Education Summit
Our annual Interaction Design Education Summit connects educators and others interested in the evolution of design education.
- Student Design Challenge
We are fostering the next generation of designers through our annual Student Design Challenge.
IxDA is fully the product of our passionate and engaged community. What’s more, membership in IxDA is free — your “dues” are paid by your participation. Connect with your local group. Join the online community. Attend a conference. You make the community better by showing up.
Have more thoughts? Get in touch with the IxDA leadership. We’d love to hear from you.