World Usability Day 13 November 2014


photo: Prof. R. Schmidt, HS Esslingen


Established in 2005 by the Usability Professionals' Association, World Usability Day or Make Things Easier Day 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.
Events will take place in more than 30 countries all-over the world, this year there are 39 countries participating.
http://www.worldusabilityday.org/

Germany is one of the most active countries with more than 20 events in Stuttgart, Hamburg, M√ľnchen and other venues.
Stuttgart is participating since the beginning in 2005 and hosts the biggest events in Germany if not the whole world.
evenst in Germany: http://www.worldusabilityday.de/wud-in/

Visitors engaged in one attraction at the booth of University of Applied Sciences Esslingen (where I teach)
http://www.worldusabilityday.de/wud-in/stuttgart/
http://www.worldusabilityday.de/data/mediapool/14-11-04_flyer_wudstuttgart.pdf


photo: Prof. R. Schmidt, HS Esslingen


Events in the UK
London: http://www.city.ac.uk/news/2014/nov/city-to-celebrate-world-usability-day
near Oxford: http://www.worldusabilityday.org/events/2014/doctorsnetuk-usability-workshop


Awards ceremony
see here the results of a competition for designing the best new alternative for the "save" icon:
http://www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/inhalt.wettbewerb-speichern-unter-pfeile-zeigen-den-weg-zur-datensicherung.86a09c2e-0b41-4a4b-96a3-bbf32c7cc971.html (see also pic 11 an 15 which are taken at my University Departments booth).

The laureates were honored at WUD Stuttgart. Lots of these ideas have already discussed in here though:
http://branch.com/b/redesigning-the-save-symbol-let-s-do-this (found in Akendi's course material)