The 5th annual World Usability Day is coming up on November 12th. This is where people raise money to rid the planet of usability once and for all!
Ok not really.
It’s meant to showcase usability research and draw attention to design issues such as sustainability. What it usually becomes though is a scattering of intellectuals “preaching to the converted”. At its worse, it’s a platform for the “usability industry” to justify their existence.
It is perhaps ironic that the WUD web site is in itself barely usable. Navigation of planned events is scattered across map views, country views and other non-sensical paradigms. Nothing stands out and everything sticks out!
In of itself, usability is a good thing. But more often than not usability professionals take “ease of use” out of the business context which results into a weaker whole-product experience. But then, I’ve ranted about this before!