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By Rikke Friis Dam, Interaction Design Foundation – April 5, 2013 • The original version was published in the SAP User Experience Community (see reference below)
Recently, it has been announced that SAP has become prime sponsor of the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF). The IDF executive board, authors and foundation members are among the top and most influential professionals in the global User Experience community.
Figure 1: Logo of the Interaction Design Foundation
The IDF provides free textbooks and online education materials created by leading academics and practitioners of software design at www.interaction-design.org. Topics are User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Business innovation, Design Thinking and Design Doing. The 100+ authors are leading designers, IT Leads, CEOs and Ivy League professors from, for example, IBM, SAP, MIT, Microsoft, University of Cambridge and Harvard Business School.
SAP is committed to simplifying solution development with design thinking, which puts people and their problems at the center of software. The sponsorship of IDF is a meeting of the minds and a natural outgrowth of SAP's work to create an ecosystem that supports a more organic relationship between people and software. SAP and IDF will collaborate on spreading the word and democratize access to the top minds in the User Experience community.
Making high-quality educational materials like this available for free via an Internet platform will help educate the next generation of designers so they are qualified to enhance the design, function, and usability of technology worldwide.
Simply put: Businesses run better on better designed technology.
Figure 2: IDF's multi-channel approach to publishing
Figure 3: Example textbook: Open Content and peer-reviewed – written by leading figures.
IDF's free online resources can be found at www.interaction-design.org and comprise:
Figure 4: Example from the image library: Concrete advice on how to
improve software design by using gestalt psychology.
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SAP has a company license so SAP employees can become members of IDF professionals association for free at: www.interaction-design.org/sap
As members of IDF professionals association SAP employees get access to, for example:
As part of the sponsorship, IDF will team with the SAP® University Alliances program to help its members create learning material that promotes simpler, more innovative and efficient product design.
Over 300 major universities globally are currently using IDF’s textbooks regularly in their classes. Giving access to free high quality textbooks can help bridge the higher education accessibility gap between privileged and underprivileged by making higher education affordable to all.
Rikke Friis Dam is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the The Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) in Aarhus, Denmark. She holds a Master's Degree in philosophy and educational philosophy from the University of Aarhus. Rikke also holds a journalistic degree in making research accessible from The Danish School of Media and Journalism, and a bachelor degree in teaching from VIA University College. Rikke has been principal and founder of Diamedier, a Danish consultancy company. The company helped businesses build and implement social media strategies and tools. Rikke has also worked as a filmmaker, photographer and divemaster. As a filmmaker, she has made documentaries about the quality of life in far-away places like Mongolia. As a photographer, she has made several exhibitions on a variety of subjects. As a divemaster, she has worked at dive sites around the world, e.g. in Honduras, Malaysia, and Egypt.
Figure 5: Rikke Friis Dam, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Interaction Design Foundation (IDF)