I had the great opportunity not only to assist but also help preparing and hosting this international event in Antwerp (Belgium). If you are not aware of it, here is what you have to know in order to continue your reading throught my review in the next chapter.
World Usability Day is single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. It is about celebration and education – celebrating the strides we have made in creating usable products and educating the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. It is about making our world work better. It is about reaching out to the common citizen and spreading the message: We don’t have to put up with products and services that don’t work well and that human error is a misnomer
This event is the occasion to meet other people working in the usability area and celebrate the power of UX together. The theme for this year is “Sustainable User Experience” or “Green UX”. Sustainability and UX design are innately intertwined since they are both about creating the best experience for people. Green processes and sustainable products take into account goals such as recycle, reuse and incremental improvement. It’s about taking existing products and services and developing ways to refine and redesign them to be more effective, efficient and reusable in ways that enhance a person’s life.
Here is the program: a full day of hands-on workshops and short talks that will allow people to sharpen their knowledge of User Experience and learn more on how sustainable the discipline can be. A panel of discussion animated by UX experts will end the day.
As a web designer we focused our activities on digital products (there were also activities for tangible products). So in the morning we participated to 3 workshops centered on usability and design process.
- #1 Lean and Agile User Testing
- #2 Atomic design as a communication tool
- #3 Internet of Things Ideation
people during 3rd workshop
The afternoon was dedicated to presententions from differents people specialized in usability and/or design.
“People before Pixels”
Natalia Arsand shared with us her thoughts on design and especially user-centered design. We should first solve user problems before even thinking about how it looks. She also spoke about the evolution of design and how we should endlessly adapt in order to better understand the user's needs.
Designing for the behavior of a sustainable future
We finished the day over a drink, having discussions about our daytime and sharing some thoughts with other participants until the event ends.
Have a look at the aftermovie made by UXprobe.
You can see all the information about the event on the official WUD website.
World Usability Day 2016 was a huge success, thanks to anyone for participating. Thanks again to UXprobe for allowing me to be part of this great event.