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World Usability Day- November 3, 2005: Events in 35 Countries Promote “Making It Easy”

Sue Leitner
Prosperity Communications

World Usability Day is November 3, 2005

(Chicago, Illinois: September 30, 2005) Why doesn't this work better? Why can't they make this easier?” World Usability Day, November 3, 2005, is for all the people who've ever asked questions like these.

This worldwide series of events, organized by The Usability Professionals' Association, will promote awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered design, Earth Day style. Events are planned in more than 70 cities in 35 countries. The types of events being planned include:

  • Participation by cabinet-level leaders in Italy, and many other important government officials around the world.
  • An event at the Boston Museum of Science, featuring hands-on usability testing exhibits for children of all ages, which will coincide with the opening of the Museum's new “Star Wars” exhibit.
  • Author Ben Shneiderman's talk in Bremen on “Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies.”
  • Twelve-year-old technology experts demonstrating usability issues on breakfast TV in New Zealand.
  • Israeli usability experts going all over Israel with introductory presentations on usability in dozens of development organizations.
  • Online conferences with well-known usability experts on accessibility, and other fields.
  • Several cities in India offering events that focus on advances in usability which are key drivers in India's economic development.
  • At Dartmouth College, a conference designed to help people understand how principles of usability can be applied to benefit all kinds of learners.

More information is available at www.WorldUsabilityDay.org

Information on coordinating a local event is available by joining the discussion group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UsabilityDay .  Elizabeth Rosenzweig chairs the World Usability Day committee.  Human Factors International, Inc. is the Title Sponsor of the worldwide initiative.


The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2000 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Shares information about the skills and approach of usability professionals in meeting needs for usable products.
  • Acts as an advocate for usability in consumer, corporate and governmental software, products and web sites.
  • Educates the general public about the usability.

For more information, contact:

The Usability Professionals' Association
140 N. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
email: office@upassoc.org
web: http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org

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