Inclusion through User Experience- November 9, 2017

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Inclusion through User Experience

The world is changing and the climate of well-balanced and open society is not as prevalent as many of us would like.  Technology is developing alongside new political changes. This year, 2017 is a pivotal moment in history and we can help shape the course of events by the work we do.   
 
Well-designed user experiences allow for the uniqueness of people’s different strengths and believe to co-exist in a place of similarity and common ground.  Tools and technologies that embrace similarities to tap into the potential of all people creates conditions that promote people to be their best selves, to cultivate and nurture people will produce better outcomes in all we do.  
 
Poorly designed systems create an atmosphere of confusion as people try to figure out how to perform simple tasks that have not been design with the user in mind. In the worst cases, poorly designed technology can produce information and results that is not accurate, further adding to the notion of systems being rigged and information being portrayed as false.
 
User Experience designers and researching can impact the course of events by creating technology, products and services that are inclusive at their core.
 
Some relevant topics for this theme are:
• Universal Design: Creating technology and products that work for everyone
• Accessibility
• Create more usable government websites
• Artificial intelligent (AI) systems supporting global inclusion
o AI systems to protect against bullying
• Empathy as a part of collaboration 
• Social Change through Social Media  
• Unity through Social Change
• Unity is inclusion
• Change through Inclusion
• Inclusion through Collaboration
• Global User Experience as a path towards inclusion
 

 

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World Usability Day 2016 was a huge success. Thank you to all our volunteers.
 
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

No-one should have to suffer through products and services that get in their way. People should not be made to feel stupid by technology. 

 

WUD on Earth

Just as Earth Day celebrates and brings awareness to a better, more sustainable world, World Usability Day celebrates successful user experience, bringing awareness to holistic solutions to create a better world.  
 
A usable product not only incorporates the end user but also the overarching product lifecycle, including what happens to a piece of technology when a person no longers uses it.  Designing with the earth in mind creates a multifaceted client base. When a team designs a product, they should incorporate how the product can compliment, not harm our planet earth.  Sustainablity should be a key element of a successful user experience.
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