interaction’09 | vancouver

I’m getting hyped about interaction’09 in Vancouver next year: as we break for the holidays here in the southern hemisphere I can see February just around the corner!

Here’s a few reasons why I’m heading over to Vancouver in February for Interaction’09

The speakers. OMG, the speakers…

I’ve been lucky to be engaged with the planning of this conference, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the presentations. A program with people like John Thackara, Genevieve Bell, Dan Saffer, Fiona Raby, Marc Rettig and Kim Goodwin (and that’s just the keynotes) is going to definitely expand my brain in ways I can’t even begin to imagine.

the tribe & the vibe

I went to interaction’08 earlier this year and was just blown away by, as Alan Cooper said, “all these interaction designers in one room”.

I, like many others, really felt like I’d found my tribe.  So I’m really looking forward to catching up with peeps I met earlier this year, reigninting friendships, meeting new people, and needing no excuse to talk about interaction design. The IxDA is such a fantastic group of practitioners, educators & students that it really feels like I’m at home when I’m hanging out at these conferences. That makes a big difference for someone who has to travel halfway round the world to get there..

the workshops

This is something I missed out on last year, and really wished I hadn’t. The list of available workshops this year is awesome! The main issue for me is working out which ones to do..? I think Steve Portigal’s Workshop: Well, we did all this research … now what? sounds great, and really helpful given the projects I’m going to be doing this next year. Dan Saffer and Bill DeRouchey’s Designing for Touchscreens and Interactive Gestures is definitely on my to do list.. Particularly since the launch of Dan’s new book on the subject

look after the jump for some more info about Interaction’09

From the IxDA announcement:

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is pleased to announce Interaction|09, to be held February 5-8, 2009 in conjunction with Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts + Technology, and the Faculty of Business, located in lovely Vancouver, B.C.

Mark your calendars now for what promises to be another exciting and informative conference centered around the design of interactive systems of all types, from web and desktop applications, to mobile devices, consumer electronics, digitally-enhanced environments, and more. This will be our growing community’s second annual opportunity to gather with several hundred other Interaction Design professionals from around the world.

Building on the successful format of Interaction 08 at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Interaction 09 will span four days, with two and a half main conference days preceded by 1 ½ days of pre- conference workshops and activities. Thursday will be devoted to a diverse and valuable series of professional workshops. Friday will be a busy and exciting day, with tours, additional workshops and opportunities to explore SFU, its surrounding community and Vancouver, along with leadership and organizing activities in the morning. The conference will open Friday afternoon, with a welcoming reception that evening.

Saturday and Sunday will be packed with inspirational and tactical sessions geared at anyone who practices Interaction Design. We look forward to Interaction’09 continuing to build on the quality of experience and community camaraderie we shared this year in Savannah.

  • Andy Polaine

    I wish I had the time and money to go to it – next year maybe. I hope you’ll be blogging/tweeting plenty about it!