Right on the heels of Midwest UX 13’s call for participation comes the same for Interaction 14, which will be held February 5th through the 8th in Amsterdam. For those of you who don’t know, the “14” is for the year 2014—this will be the 7th Interaction conference and the 2nd outside of North America.
The theme of Interaction14 is “Languages of Interaction Design.”
We see language in several contexts. There is spoken language, body language and written language. There is an interface language between user and system. Other languages include the jargon we use to discuss our work and the tools that we use to do our work.
By enhancing the “Languages of Interaction Design” we create new ways to view interactions between people and things. Of particular interest is extending the context from urban to mobile screens and from immersive to sensor based environments.
I don’t know how likely they’ll be to accept an improved version of the workshop I gave at last year’s conference, but I’m going to give it a try. After all, it fits the theme quite nicely. HTML and CSS are languages that an interaction designer working on the web, as most of us are these days, will benefit knowing. I’m talking about true fluency. The ability to translate your concepts, sketches, wireframes, mockups, and prototypes into production-ready code gives you control over the final product. It puts you in the driver’s seat.
They will start accepting applications for talks and workshops on June 10. The deadline is September 1. Selected speakers will be notified on October 15th. Registration also goes live June 10 with early bird tickets going for $720.
Every year, the conference seeks out an academic partner to sponsor the conference. This year, there are two: the Utrecht School of the Arts and Delft University of Technology. Between them and the rich history of Dutch Design, we should be in for a real cultural treat. Of course, the conference will include the Interaction Awards, Student Design Challenge, and Interaction Design Education Summit. I can tell it’s going to be a great year.
Check out the new website. There are a lot of nice microinteractions as you tool around.