World Usability Day is single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.
It is about celebration and education—celebrating the strides we have made in creating usable products and educating the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. It is about making our world work better. It is about reaching out to the common citizen and spreading the message: We don’t have to put up with products and services that don’t work well and that human error is a misnomer.
No one should have to suffer through products and services that get in their way. People should not be made to feel stupid by technology.
Technology today is too hard to use. A cell phone should be as easy-to-use as a doorknob. In order to humanize a world that uses technology as an infrastructure for education, healthcare, government, communication, entertainment, work, and other areas, we must agree to develop technologies in a way that serves people first.
Technology should enhance our lives, not add to our stress or cause danger through poor design or poor quality. It is our duty to ensure that this technology is effective, efficient, satisfying and reliable, and that it is usable by all people. This is particularly important for people with disabilities, because technology can enhance their lives, letting them fully participate in work, social and civic experiences.
World Usability Day was started by Elizabeth Rosenzweig, Nigel Bevan and the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) to raise awareness of the importance of designing technology, products and services for people. Bringing the focus on user-centered design the World Usability Day annual events demonstrate and teach people theories, methods and skills to create a better world through user centered design. Find out more at the World Usability Day website
World Usability Day at Big Design Conference
World Usability Day made it to CNN on the first time out. Watch the interview of Elizabeth Rosenzweig on the morning show.
World Usability Day 2007 was endorsed by Bill Gates. Watch the short video here.
World Usability Day 2010 Communication