Today is World Usability Day
I'll be participating in events here in the Twin Cities along with representatives from many local companies.
"On November 3rd, 2005, World Usability Day, a worldwide series of events will promote the benefits of user-centered design, with the theme "Making It Easy." Local events are being held in over 100 locations in 35 different countries."
World Usability Day is getting quite a lot of attention from major media and press (and this is just the first one). For example, a Usability Professionals' Association spokesperson will be on CNN Headline News at 7:15 (Eastern time?) in the morning to talk about the event. Other representatives have been interviewed for radio and various publications. Here are links to a few early articles talking about the Day along with usability, and user-centered design:
USA TODAY: Why are tech gizmos so hard to figure out?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “World Usability Day” aims to make technology
Sydney Morning Herald: Pushing the right buttons requires a human touch
(Talks about how even urinals have been improved using UCD.)
BBC: The secret of making things work