IxDD 2021
Solidarity and Transformation

World Interaction Design Day is an annual event where we come together as a united global community to show how interaction design improves the human condition.

Our aim is to have a positive, long-lasting impact by facilitating activities that support dialogue and outcomes.

Given the global pandemic, this year’s edition of IxDD was a digital-first experience. We came together, but apart, through regional live stream events from around the world.

Presented in partnership with Adobe and IxDA, we welcomed everyone to contribute by hosting activities for their local communities around the theme for 2021: Solidarity and Transformation

Presented By



Phyu Mon

Head of Design, Yoma Bank, Myanmar

Birgit Geiberger Boersma

Head of Product UX design at IKEA, Netherlands

Adrian Somoza

Digital Art Director & Instructor, Bont Academy, Argentina

Pato Torello

Sr. Product Designer, New Bank, Argentina

Sonia Manchanda

Founding Partner, Spread, India

Yuichi Inobori

Managing Director/Design Strategist, INFOBAHN Inc., Japan

Frederic Degouzon

Professor, Nantes School of Design, France

Xiao Yong

Professor, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China

Brenda Sanderson

Executive Director at IxDA, Canada

Scott Belsky

Chief Product Officer at Adobe, USA

Kavitha Krishnan

Senior User Experience Strategist at Mattel Inc., USA

Lindsay Munro

Social Media Strategist at Adobe, Canada

Tom Beck

Executive Director at SoDA, USA

Andre Jay Meissner

XDI International at Adobe, Germany

Khoi Vinh

Principal Designer at Adobe, USA

Kelo Kubu

Managing Director, Peo Accelator, South Africa

Questions & Answers

World Interaction Design Day is a global celebration of interaction design impact on improving the human condition. Presented in partnership by Adobe and the Interaction Design Association, events take place in communities across the world one day in September each year. This includes presentations, workshops, and design showcases focused on elevating the work of interaction designers, and knowledge sharing.

This year’s IxDD theme was Solidarity and Transformation.

The events of the past year opened the doors for interaction design to change how we work, connect and live. For World Interaction Design Day 2021 we explored how designers help us to adapt to a changing world, rally around new ideas and find ways to thrive despite all the challenges. We unpacked how interaction design is driving transformations in how we work, connect and live.

Discussions around this year’s theme included:

  • What entrenched assumptions have you had to revisit?
  • How did your work ethos or focus change?
  • What changes in our ways of working did you want/expect to stick around?
  • How have your collaboration processes changed?
  • Are you designing with new audiences in mind? How is that perspective affecting your practice?

World Interaction Design Day is first-and-foremost for interaction designers. Events focus on the practice of creating interactive digital products, environments, and services. If you're not an interaction designer, you're still very welcome to attend an event. Developers, academics, students, and designers from other disciplines will certainly find many of our events interesting and empowering.

To see all the events that happened in your community in 2021, visit our Events page. Sign up to be notified of 2022 activities.

Start planning for 2022! Sign up for updates for more information.

While there are no specific guidelines, all events should host activities that support and advance the cause of interaction design as it relates to the annual theme.

Sign up for updates on 2022.

If you’d like to be involved in supporting World Interaction Design Day, the best way is to host an event or help a local group host an event. Sign up for updates on 2022.

Regional Streams are curated by the IxDA Community. To submit your interest, contact your closest IxDA Local Group.

Click here for 2021 events, or our archives of 2020, 2019, and 2018.

IxDA seeks to advance the discipline of interaction design by fostering a community of passionate individuals dedicated to moving our mission forward. Our mission is broad and inclusive, and our membership is passionate and diverse. While these attributes make the IxDA a strong and vibrant organization, they also bring the possibility of disagreement and cultural disconnect. As a volunteer-led organization we rely on the active participation of our community, which can only happen if all of our members feel safe and respected. By attending World Interaction Design Day, you are agreeing to IxDA's Code of Conduct.

For more information, please email ixdd@adobe.com