On the shoulders of giants of Interaction Design

SUMMARY: This post will introduce you to the books and courses that assist you in progressing from mid-level to senior-level UX expertise.

If you are a junior in UX:

I have previously introduced 5 best books for junior designers and if you are a junior designer, it’s important to read them first and then come back to read this Medium post.

How to be a Senior UX Designer

If you have been a UX Designer for a few years, you have probably read some books and articles about UX, UI, and related concepts. To become a professional in this field, you must “master the foundation of design”. Knowing web and mobile UI standards or Figma tools is not enough. As a Senior Designer, you must consider how humans interact with technology by studying typical users, context of uses, interaction techniques and resulting emotions, and UX assessment metrics. That’s why you should read about the foundations!

Books to boost you up

  1. Human-Computer Interaction by Alan Dix
    HCI is a foundation for UX Design and you should master it. It’s a multidisciplinary field of study that deals with the design, cognitive psychology, fine arts, evaluation, and implementation of user-friendly interfaces between humans and computers, and it aims to make the interaction efficient, stable, usable, and attainable.
  2. The Design of Everyday Things By Don Norman
    You know Don Norman, Right? The principal designer of Apple© who coined the term “User Experience” in 1993. This book is a must-read for senior designers. In this book, Norman talks about the foundations of design for human.
  3. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
    Harvard professor Clayton Christensen Focuses on “disruptive technology” and shows why most companies miss “the next great wave.” This book presents a set of rules for capitalizing on disruptive innovation.
  4. Lighting the Road Ahead, The Guide to Usability and Accessibility by William Hudson
    Usability is a big issue in designing digital products. In this book, William Hudson, a usability expert and lecturer at NNGroup and Interaction Design Foundation, talks about how to make usable products that people can understand and use.

The Dream of Norman’s Design Class

I have always had the dream of being a student of these professors In the UX Design field. But I didn’t have the chance. Imagine learning UX from Don Norman! the Godfather of UX Design or Alan Dix, writer of the Book “Human-Computer Interaction”. Well, Now you have this opportunity. How?

Don Norman
 is a professor at Northwestern University.
Alan Dix
 is a professor at Swansea University.
Clayton Christensen
 is a professor at Harvard University.
William Hudsin
 is an associate lecturer in The Open University.

Interaction Design Foundation’s courses

The Interaction Design Foundation(IxDF) is where You can learn UX Design principles at an amazing price from top-tier professors like Don Norman, Alan Dix, William Hudson, etc. You can register for $22 (Canadian Dollar) per month and have access to all of these courses (40 professional courses that take 2 months to complete each, and you can take as many courses as you want, at the same time)!

Some of the courses of the Interaction Design Foundation

Interaction Design Foundation is not just another Coursera!

When it comes to learning UX through Video courses, you may think of Coursera, Udemy, Linkedin Learning, and other online schools. But IxDF is nothing like the others.

I have been a member of IxDF for 6 years and it has helped me get updated with cutting-edge knowledge and UX trends in this journey. My favorite courses in IxDF are:

  • Accessibility and Inclusive Design
  • 21st Century Design By Don Norman
  • Interaction Design for Usability By William Hudson
  • User Research — Methods and Best Practices
  • Service Design; Integrated Service Experience

You can see my certificates in my IxDF profile:

ux online courses

Why IxDF is the best place to learn User Experience:

  1. IxDF is focused on UX (While the others are selling courses from knitting to C++ programming)
  2. There is a library of books and articles you can use without registration from world-class writers.
  3. IxDF gives you a specific roadmap (based on your desired job title), which helps you choose the right courses to save time and gain the skills you need for career enhancement.
  4. Courses in IxDF are a mixture of Text, Images, and Video, which help you learn the materials and contain two types of questions: multiple choice questions and open-ended questions. Multiple-choice questions are graded instantly, while open-ended questions are answered in full sentences. Your answer will be graded by your instructor. (Yes, A human checks your answers)
  5. You can get the Course Certificate as soon as you score at least 70% of the course points and add them to your LinkedIn profile. (You can see my certificates in my IxDF profile)
  6. There is a community for each city on the website which connects UX designers. You can join communities, participate in in-person meetings, and make new friends to grow your professional network. (e.g. Vancouver community)
  7. You can see a list of other benefits of IxDF courses here.

Get 3 Months free!

If you are planning to join the IxDF community and learn UX at a professional level, Use My invitation link to sign up. It gives you 3 months of free membership. I’d love to connect on Linkedin with UXers. Come and say Hi!