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.


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.

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

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


  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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