design centres US/EUROPE

i’m currently living in a small country with limited design industry and i’m thinking of moving out into the big bad world, what i would like to know is where are there best places to go in the US/EUROPE especially which are centers for design, east/west coast US, is germany the hot spot in europe…london…any thoughts anyone

for the US: Chicago, LA, Portland, Austin, Boston, New York, Detroit, Holland MI.

it kind of depends on what you want to be doing… working at a consultancy or in house, working on consumer products or furniture, going to school or absorbing a great art/design scene.

New York has a great combination of all of the above!