Yesterday was World Usability Day. Nearly 100 events in 30 countries worldwide took place, featuring key speakers and notable figures in the UX community who lectured on topics related to user experience, design and Usability of Financial Systems, which was this year’s theme. The iridize team had to pass on attending events and we had to content ourselves with stalking Live Tweeters from Boston and Dubai.
WUD’s tagline is “Making life easy” and in the promo video, John Hockenberry relates to the essential need for making things more usable and universally accessible and points out that the opposite of usability is useless.
He makes a good point, of course. The basic human desire to improve life is deeply rooted in a constant attempt to make things easier, simpler, more efficient. Why not use telephones instead of Carrier Pigeons? Why keep working the poor horses for a third of the profit from crops if you can use a tractor? And so, a straight line is drawn from the Agricultural Revolution through the Industrial Revolution to reading emails on your phone and to an entire industry dedicated to mobile interfaces and the online navigation experience. Advancement, technology and striving to better one’s life have always been intertwined.
Which is why bringing together all that insight, intuition and experience on user experience and usability design in WUD is so important. Not only for UX professionals, UX Designers and UX Architects but also for users, end users and customers seeking to better their interaction with products and technology worldwide. It is through these meetings of minds and exchanging of ideas that we keep moving forward, one outreaching innovation at a time.