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14 Nov, 2006

World Usability Day

Posted by: Dave In: Design |Technology |Web

Usability is an interesting thing. I attended a conference in San Francisco back in July on the topic of web usability. However, I think usability in general is a very interesting subject that affects us nearly every day whether we know it or not. Have you ever tried to push open a door and felt like a jackass for not realizing the door should be pulled open instead? If so, you have fallen victim to poor usability. It wasn’t your fault. Honest.

That is an extremely simple example, but one that illustrates poor usability pretty clearly. Google has recently posted a notice on their website about World Usability Day.

Being that I’m in the industry, I’m particularly interested in web usability, but good industrial design (no matter what industry) fascinates me too.

If you’re interested in usability or industrial design, Don Norman’s “The Design of Everyday Things” is a must. It’s got some great examples of why some things in our daily routine are easier to use than others. Very clever book.

– Dave

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