A Carnegie Mellon University research scientist, City of Detroit director of innovation & emerging technology, and Center for Civic Design design researcher are among the speakers at the 17th annual World Usability Day at Michigan State University (MSU).
Hosted by MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC), World Usability Day at MSU will be held November 14, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan at the MSU Union Ballroom.
The half-day event brings together usability professionals, academics, government leaders, and students to learn about usability, user experience, and user centered design.
Attendees are invited to an optional afternoon open house at the MSU UARC.
World Usability Day at MSU
With the theme of Design for the Future We Want, the event features five presentations from 8:30am to 12:10pm about ethnography, user-centered design, open data, and accessibility.
Speakers and Topics
- Gearing up for Ethnography by Carol Smith
- Project to Product: Leveraging UX to Deliver Value by Phillip Tularak
- Making Open Data More Accessible by Kat Hartman
- Using Contextual Shifts to Design with Intent by Jen Atanasovski
- Influencer Secrets 101: Government Edition by Christopher Patten
Open house at the MSU UARC in the Kellogg Center will be held from 1:15pm to 3:00pm.
Online registration is available, the cost is $25. Deadline registration is November 12, 2019.
Note: the registration system doesn’t offer group registration. Every person who wants to attend needs to register separately.
What is World Usability Day?
Launched in 2005 by the Usability Professionals Association (now the User Experience Professionals Association), World Usability Day occurs annually on the second Thursday of November for a day of education and celebration.
People in the community gather together at events around the world on World Usability Day for one reason: to ensure the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.
World Usability Day is an inclusive event, everyone is invited to attend. Events are held locally; the format may be presentations, workshops, or open houses.
Want to learn more? Check out World Usability Day: Making Life Easy.
My Experience at World Usability Day
When I was finishing up my user experience program at Washtenaw Community College in 2006, I attended my first World Usability Day event at MSU.
I was hesitant about going because I only knew a couple people who were attending.
It was one of my first professional usability professional events. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I would fit in.
I shouldn’t have been worried, everyone I met was friendly!
And I learned about our local Michigan Usability Professionals Association group (now Michigan User Experience Professionals) where I later served as an officer for three years.
In 2009, I helped conduct alarm clock usability testing at World Usability Day 2009 at MSU.
Alarming usability winner….. alarm clock 4! Thanks to all the #wud2009 people at MSU who volunteered.
— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) November 12, 2009
If you are interested in usability and want to learn how to improve the services and products we use in our everyday life, I encourage you to attend World Usability Day at MSU!