Welcome to World Usability Day (WUD) 2009. This year’s theme is Designing For A Sustainable World. Sounds like a great objective to me!
Why are Websites confusing, phone menus hard to use, stores difficult to navigate, and new products a struggle to configure? Because usability is an incredibly underappreciated domain. That’s why I really like the concept of WUD. But it will only have an impact if a lot of people start doing something differently because of WUD. As Mahatma Gandhi said…
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
So here is something that you can start doing. For every decision that you make, ask and answer the three questions of Scenario Design that we’ve been using at Forrester for more than a decade (which I also endorsed for National Design Week):
- Who are your users?
- What are their goals?
- How can you help them achieve those goals?
The bottom line: Let’s improve the world!