World Usability Day is celebrated annually on the second Thursday of the last autumn month. In 2022, the event will take place on November 10th. It was founded in 2005 by the Association of Usability Professionals, a global organization that promotes the principles of usability engineering design, interface, versatility and focus on each user. Every year a new theme is chosen to celebrate the holiday, such as virtual safety and health.
The User Experience Association was founded in 1991 and initially had 50 members, but now their number has grown to almost 2,500 people around the world. Through annual conferences and publications in international publications, the Association educates consumers on the fundamentals of user interaction. It is interesting to note that the roots of user interaction go back to Ancient Greece, where ergonomic concepts were developed when creating jobs and goods in the 5th century BC.
- In 1955, industrial engineer Henry Dreyfus published the book Design for People, which outlined the basic principles of user interaction.
- Walt Disney is credited as the first user experience designer and developer in 1966.
- Apple, a company synonymous with innovation in the field of user experience, even coined the term “user interaction design”.
How to take part
On this day, talk about the benefits of using technology. The internet has revolutionized many aspects of our lives, such as doctor’s appointments, training, work conferences and museum visits. Learn about the evolution of technology, share your experience of using digital devices on social media, and encourage people to protect their computers and phones from viruses.
When is World Usability Day celebrated in 2023?
World Usability Day is observed on the second Thursday of November each year.