Yay, It’s World Usability Day!

World Usability DayOpen your office Windows (no chairs through the windows if you are hermetically sealed please – especially if you are 40 floors up) and scream with joy – “it’s World Usability Day”. This year’s theme is Designing for a Sustainable World. Let World Usability Day 2009 be your impetus to create greater awareness for designs, products and services that improve the sustainability of our world.

What is World Usability Day? Well it’s described on the namesake web site as follows:

“It’s about making our world work better. It’s about “Making Life Easy” and user friendly. Technology today is too hard to use. A cell phone should be as easy to access as a doorknob. In order to humanize a world that uses technology as an infrastructure for education, healthcare, transportation, government, communication, entertainment, work and other areas, we must develop these technologies in a way that serves people first.

World Usability Day was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals’ Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. Each year, on the second Thursday of November, over 200 events are organized in over 43 countries around the world to raise awareness for the general public, and train professionals in the tools and issues central to good usability research, development and practice.”

There are lots of ways to participate. Be sure to check the web site.

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