World Usability Day 2016 - Sustainable [Green] UX
The theme for 2016 is “Sustainable User Experience (UX)” 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.
Green UX draws from individual needs and goals to generate products and services that both improve user experience and increase the convenience of environmentally friendly behaviors.
This year’s theme, sustainability, coincides with the recent adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UX design lens can improve efforts to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all” by giving disadvantaged individuals a seat at the table. This can be done in part by taking the ‘user experiences’ of SDG efforts into account. Within this framework, “users” are the people who will be affected by SDG policies and initiatives and “experiences” relate to the encounters, interactions, etc. that people will have with policies and initiatives as SDG efforts continue.
The technological and physical (i.e., architecture) elements of achieving SDGs can also benefit greatly from UX design. Small-scale examples include water sanitation devices that can be used by individuals with limited mobility and/or food packages that are easier to store, open and re-seal. Large-scale examples include the using human-centered design principles into sustainable urban planning. Each example provides opportunities to increase equity and accessibility - fundamental aspects of human rights. Attendees of World Usability Day will gain exposure to knowledge and networks that can equip them to become more effective advocates and design thinkers.
Be sure to mark your calendar for World Usability Day 2016 (November 10th)! As the day approaches, ask yourself “is it me or the design?” Your answer may be a starting point for improving user-friendliness and sustainability on a local and/or global scale.
On November 10, 2016, those who are working to ensure that “services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use” will gather throughout the globe in celebration of World Usability Day. This will be the 11th year for advocates, students, professionals, government officials and leaders to take on (and expand) opportunities to create a more user-friendly world by showcasing their work, exchanging information, and sharing critical feedback.
World Usability Day 2015 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 2015 Articles
The Smartest Clothes are the Most Usable Ones:
In high school, some students are quick to make a distinction between being book-smart and street-smart. The students that are book-smart are generally those who thrive academically – able to memorize endless math formulas or analyze passages of the most advanced literary works. Conversely, the kids with street smarts are able to approach real life problems, take a step back, and adapt to come up with the best solution to have them come out on top.
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.