FITC Amsterdam: Design. Technology. Cool Shit February 22 - 24, 2009, Felix Meritis European Centre. Early Bird Rate Ends December 10, 2008

Toronto, Canada [November 5, 2008] -- FITC returns to Amsterdam, The Netherlands with two days of presentations and one day of workshops focused on all aspects of Interactive design and development, February 22-24, 2009 at the Felix Meritis European Centre for Arts and Sciences.

The much acclaimed two-day event includes over 40 presentations covering business, creative and technical subjects, plus pre-festival workshops, and nightly parties as only FITC can deliver. This is the second year for FITC Amsterdam, which last year sold out over a month in advance.

“We’ve brought back some of our favorite speakers, added a whole slew of new ones and have a few surprises up our sleeve for this year’s FITC Amsterdam,” says Shawn Pucknell, Founder of FITC and Executive Producer of FITC Amsterdam. “The speakers have been carefully selected for their skill and talent, and are all eager to share their knowledge and experiences with attendees.”

Highlighting this year’s line-up are graphic design superstar David Carson, creative director Florian Schmitt, Flash/Flex developers Grant Skinner and Mario Klingemann, and Actionscript guru Keith Peters. Designer and creative thinker Joshua Davis returns with more tales from the land of creativity while interface designer and technologist Jared Ficklin lights-up the night with his blazing sound visualizations. Ralph Hauwert, always a popular addition to the FITC program, pushes pixels and explains code in his half-day Papervision3D workshop.

FITC Amsterdam is open to FLASH designers and developers, motion graphic artists, digital artists, and anyone in or having an interest in Flash and digital media. Delegate passes range in price from € 149 for a student pass to € 499 for “The Works” (festival and workshop pass). Early bird discount rates apply now through December 10, 2008. Go to http://www.fitc.ca/amsterdam for more information or to register.

FITC Presenter Bios:

David Carson (http://www.davidcarsondesign.com/) has been called the “most famous graphic designer on the planet.” A former professional surfer, David has been featured in over 180 magazines and newspaper articles, including the front page of The New York Times. London-based Creative Review Magazine dubbed Carson "Art Director of the Era". The American Center for Design (Chicago) called his work on Ray Gun Magazine 'the most important work coming out of America'. His work on Beach Culture Magazine won 'Best Overall Design" and "Cover of the Year" from the Society of Publication Designers in New York.

Joshua Davis (http://www.joshuadavis.com/) is a professional designer and creative thinker who travels the world speaking at conferences and workshops about his inspirations and motivations. When not traveling, he builds his own creative projects and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Jared Ficklin (http://frogdesign.com/) is Principal Technologist for frog design, where he has been creating Flash of all types for eight years. Having worked professionally with digital technologies for 10 years, his current focus is on User Experience Design and the Rapid Prototyping of Device User Interfaces. A passion for musical performance lead to his current hobby of using Flash for Sound Visualization. Along with having appeared as the Grand Marshall for the Denver St. Patrick's Day parade, Jared plays guitar with his twin brother in their Geek Rawk band John Galt.

Ralph Hauwert (http://unitzeroone.com/) is a Dutch Flash / Flex expert focused on creating compelling expressive content for the Web. Ralph is a freelance consultant and developer of rich internet applications and Websites, focusing on Flex, AIR and Flash. Ralph is one of the core team members (along with project founder Carlos Ulloa and John Grden) working on Papervision3D. He maintains a popular Weblog at UnitZeroOne.

Mario Klingemann aka Quasimondo (http://www.quasimondo.com/) is an explorer and discoverer in constant pursuit of the cutting edge. "Here be dragons" marks the spot on the map where you will probably find him chasing new challenges. Code is his vessel and beauty his ultimate destination, yet on the way he doesn't mind to slay a few problematic monsters and save desperate virgins in need. Besides creating computational art and speaking at international design and technology conferences, he is a consultant and developer.

Keith Peters is the engineering guru at Infrared5. Keith has written or contributed to 11 books on Flash and written several magazine articles on various Flash subjects. His award-winning personal experimental Website, bit-101.com features over 500 cutting-edge flash experiments and tutorials on ActionScript.

Florian Schmitt is one-half of the creative team at Hi-ReS! (http://www.hi-res.net/), a creative consultancy and design studio based in London, UK. He and his partner, Alexandra Jugovic, are well-known for their work building Websites for such feature films as "Requiem for a Dream" and "Donnie Darko." Their Interactive work has been featured in over 50 books and magazines and they have won a slew of awards, including Clio, D&AD, OneShow, Prix Ars Electronica and Webby Awards, as well as a Gold Cyberlion in Cannes.

Grant Skinner (http://www.gskinner.com/) is the CEO and chief architect of gskinner.com, a Flash development and consulting company. He works with leading new media agencies and progressive corporate clients to create cutting-edge applications, games and multimedia pieces. Skinner's expertise in fusing coding with interface design, usability, marketing and business logic has garnered international acclaim and resulted in a number of prestigious industry awards. Skinner maintains an active blog at gskinner.com/blog/ , and an exhibit of his experimental work at incomplet.org

FITC Amsterdam - Dates, Times and Location:
Sunday, February 22, 10:00 - 17:00, Pre-festival Workshop
Monday, February 23 – Tuesday, February 24, 9:00 - 18:00, Conference
Felix Meritis European Centre for Arts and Sciences, Keizersgracht 324, 1016 EZ, Amsterdam

FITC Amsterdam Sponsors:
Adobe, Electric Rain, FARB, IdN, Influxis, Media Monks, Powerflasher, The Rich Media Institute and Thin Data.

About FITC:
Starting in Toronto, Canada in 2002, FITC (http://www.fitc.ca) has presented events in Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City and Seoul, South Korea. The company also produced the Colin Moock World ActionScript Tour, which visited 14 cities around the globe, and have been involved with Adobe MAX in both San Francisco and Tokyo. More recently, FITC sold-out the 1500 seat COEX Auditorium for FITC Seoul 2008 and brought together some of the biggest and best names in motion graphics and VFX for Pause: Ideas in Motion (http://www.pausenyc.tv). The company’s flagship event, FITC Toronto: The Design & Technology Festival is one of the largest and most important events of its kind, attracting participants from around the world.