About

IxDA is a volunteer-run organization, comprised of a centralized governing body that produces a handful of global events and over 170 local groups around the world that operate entirely on the goodwill of volunteer leaders and generous partnership support from local businesses.

Portland’s IxDA chapter is currently led by Nina Alter and Eva Miller, with occasional help & encouragement from emeritus leaders Melissa Casburn, Cat Rayburn, Jos Vaught, Elena Moon, Jeanne Turner, Barbara Holmes, and our chapter’s founder Elizabeth Bacon.

Our curatorial goal is two-fold: first, to highlight and celebrate local talent, ideas, and emerging design practices through events that are fun, educational, and socially connective.

Second, we’re excited to bring design leaders from around the world into Portland, to share with our members new and emerging practices driving design forward worldwide, while also providing a platform for Portlanders to join these conversations.

Above all, we seek to facilitate the sharing of ideas, perspectives, and inspiration that help make us all better and more aware thinkers and designers.  


The IxDA network actively focuses on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter their level of experience.

We believe that the human condition is increasingly challenged by poor experiences. IxDA is committed to improving the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design. To do this, we foster a
 community of people that choose to come together to support this intention.

IxDA relies on individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization as the primary means for us to achieve our goals.

We are proud to be a rare example of a professional organization that has no membership-fee barriers to entry, yet still manages to deliver the highest quality programming to constituents.

IxDA was founded in 2003 and incorporated as a not-for-profit in late 2005. Today, the IxDA is involved in initiatives relating to the following core topics:

Interaction 17 Conference (NYC)
Interaction Awards
• Local Groups (Worldwide!)
Education Summit
Student Design Challenge
• Design Excellence and Social Impact


Come join in the conversations online in our Google Group, follow us on Twitter, or if you’re shy, drop us a direct line to just say hi!

If you think your employer would like to contribute in-kind sponsorship of event space, or cash sponsorship to fly speakers out to Portland (or better, to pay for them to lead workshops at rates affordable to individuals in our community), we’d definitely love to get an introduction! pdx at ixda dot org, or see send them to our Business Partnership page.

If of course you are that employer (or you just really want to lend your support to developing Portland’s UX community), then—howdy!—we’d love to hear from YOU via our form on the Partnership Page!  🙂