World Usability Day

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Established in 2005 by the Usability Professionals' Association, World Usability Day or Make Things Easier Day[1] occurs annually to promote the values of usability, usability engineering, user-centered design, universal usability, and every user's responsibility to ask for things that work better. The day adopts a different theme each year. Organisations, groups or individuals are encouraged to hold events to mark the day, optionally according to that year's theme.

History[edit]

World Usability Day is held annually on the second Thursday of November. Details on past events can be found on the World Usability Day official website.

2005
  • 36 hours of content in 115 events around the world
  • Events in 35 countries
  • Approximately 8,000 people attended events worldwide
2006
  • Events in 39 countries

Additionally, World Usability Day New England 2006 focused on universal usability to enhance learning, effectiveness, and understanding for people of all abilities.

2007
  • Theme: Healthcare
  • Events in 41 countries
  • 10,000 volunteers
  • Approximately 40,000 participants
2008
  • Theme: Transportation
  • Events in 43 countries
  • Approximately 50,000 participants
2009
  • Theme: Designing for a Sustainable World
2010
  • Theme: Designs, products and services that improve and facilitate communication
2011
  • Theme: Education: Designing for Social Change
2012
  • Theme: Usability of Financial Systems
2013
  • Theme: Healthcare: Collaborating for Better Systems
  • Day: 14 November 2013
2014
  • Theme: Engagement
  • Day: 13 November 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Bedore (2006-11-14). "How about Make Things Easier Day?" (HTML/audio). American Public Media's Marketplace (radio program). Retrieved 2006-12-27. "Today is World Usability Day, a day to promote intuitive engineering and user-friendly design. Commentator and humorist Tim Bedore is all for it, if only we could come up with a better name . . ." 

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