I read in the Board of Directors post that IxDA is in the
process of selecting a location for Interaction 12. There was a list of
locations under consideration, but I'd like to propose one I didn't see in the
Amsterdam has had a lively interaction design community for
many years. When I lived there in 1994, someone connected with CERN showed me the first popular web browser and a few
months later there was free internet access for the whole city. (A few months
after seeing the Mosaic browser in Amsterdam, I got my first web design job in Barcelona,
another phenomenal city for a conference.)
Amsterdam has been host to a very active interaction design
community ever since, supported by quite a few forward thinking agencies and university
programs. Many, if not most, people who live in Amsterdam speak multiple
languages, including English, making it easy to take care of logistics.
Transportation is outstanding, both to the city and within the city.
Artistically the city has a rich heritage, with over 50 museums, including the
Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Rembrandt house, and many others. As you consider
cities for Interaction 12, please consider Amsterdam.