November 03, 2005

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
more user-friendly

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