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  • 01 Nov 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    From the BBC:

    > With thousands of products and services to choose from, ease of use is still a bonus factor rather than a norm and those that possess this elusive quality often go on to dominate markets.

    > Google, Amazon and eBay are successful brands not just because of their financial models but the ease with which their users are able to achieve their goals on these sites, be they searching, buying or selling.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4393468.stm

  • 01 Nov 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Motricity is holding a corporate usability ticketing event. We've asked program managers and developers at Motricity to ticket products with great or poor usability. On Thursday, November 3, we'll collect the tickets and hold a random drawing to award an Ipod Nano to one lucky person.

    Corporate ticketing events, like this one, are designed to encourage people to think about how usability issues affects their day-to-day lives, giving them a better understanding of how the products they build affect your customers' day-to-day lives. There's still time to hold your own corporate ticketing event.

  • 01 Nov 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    A couple of notable updates to the usability ticketing contest:

    * Deadline for entries has been extended to Thursday at noon.
    * Instead of looking for the most interesting usability tickets, we're now going to hold a random drawing.

    For full details, visit:

    * http://www.triux.org/usability-ticket/

  • 01 Nov 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Another article about World Usability Day on BBC. Here's a quote:

    > Thursday is World Usability Day.

    > I'm sorry, but I'm not sure the world is ready for such a day.

    > It's not that I don't think usability is a good idea - of course it is.

    > It's not that I don't think some progress has been made. Of course it has. The success of the iconic iPod is largely down to the usability of the device, especially the click wheel interface and iTunes.

    > No, my worry is that the world has so far to go in making technology usable that I fear that celebrating usability is premature and conceals just how much hassle we put up with on a daily basis.

    Read the article:

    * http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4392644.stm

  • 31 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Human Factors International is conducting a color survey on World Usability Day. What colors would you associate with different types of Web sites, such as banking, healthcare, and news?

    On November 3, 2005, go to this page on the Human Factors International site and complete the brief survey. After the survey is complete, the results will be analyzed and discussed in Human Factors International's monthly eNewsletter.

  • 31 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    World Usability Day is this Thursday. :-) That's right four days away. We're nearly finished with the preparations--just a few minor things to wrap up.

    In the meantime, don't forget:

    * Start ticketing! If you haven't already, get out there and get ticketing. That's an order. Well, as close to an order as it comes from someone who has no authority over you whatsoever. Even if you can't post your ticket to flickr, ticket something!
    * Ticketing awards. If you do post it to flickr, you'll be in the running for one of two $50 awards.
    * Help promote World Usability Day. Whether you're one person on a large company or a lone pioneer in your own company, you can help spread the word.
    * And come on out on Thursday. We've got a great event lined up with an amazing line-up of panelists and a UNC/NC State square-off that's sure to be a lot of fun!

  • 28 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Need another reason to attend the World Usability Day? How about $50? We’re awarding two $50 cash prizes to two of the usablity tickets posted to flickr.

    We're awarding two $50 cash prizes to the most interesting usablity tickets posted to flickr. What do we mean by interesting? Anything that stands out as unusual--e.g. an unusual product, technology, or person(!?). Your description counts, too...unusual reasons for why you love or hate the product will certainly garner votes among the judges!

    **Update:** Instead of awarding a ticket for the most interesting usability ticket, we're going to hold a random drawing; there will still be two $50 awards. For detailed information about the tickets and the event, visit:

    * http://www.triux.org/usability-ticket/

    All you have to do is take a picture of something that annoys the fire out of you--or something that you works so well it puts most other products to shame--and post it to flickr under the tag "uticket". And make sure you attach the ticket after you've posted it to flickr!

    The deadline to be considered for the contest is Wednesday at 6pm Thursday at noon. We'll announce the winners during the ticket review on Thursday. The only catch is that you must attend the event in order to receive the cash. If you don't show, you don't get the dough. (Yeah, definitely not one of my better attempts at a rhyme.)

  • 28 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have co-workers or a boss who just doesn't understand why usability matters? Consider having that person post ticket a usability violation. That'll get them thinking about how usability affects their lives--and who knows, maybe you'll get that testing budget you've been vying for all these years, and then you'll get promoted because of all the amazing product improvements you initiated due to the testing...a guy can dream, can't he?

    This shouldn't take more than 15-30 minutes to execute, and it should be a lot of fun! And besides, I'm sure you could actually list several products that are completely unusable that you use every day--admit it, you're always thinking about usability no matter what product you're using. (Surely *I'm* not the only one!) This is just an opportunity to share your frustration and/or joy.

  • 26 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We're heading into the final stretch for World Usability Day and are shifting gears from organization to promotion. I would love to see RTP have one of the best attended events, but we can't do it without your help. Help us reach our goal of 100+ attendees by

    * Posting the following description with a link to triux.org on your Web site and e-newsletters: Attend World Usability Day on Thursday, November 3 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm @ MCNC (Get Directions »). World Usability Day is for everyone who's ever asked these questions: "Why doesn't this work right? What am I supposed to do with this now?" Save the date and visit http://www.triux.org/ for more information about the event.
    * Encouraging your co-workers, employees, and clients to attend; even folks who work peripherally to the usability discipline or user experience field--such as product managers, project managers, and developers--will find the event educational and fun. The interactionary will provide a great opportunity to see a user-centered design process in action; and the usability ticket review will demonstrate how usability affects our every day lives. For practitioners, the event will provide professional development and networking opportunities.
    * And, lastly, posting the following description of the usability ticket on your web site or e-newsletter: "Is there a product that never works the way you expect? What about a product that always exceeds your expectations? Share your joys and frustrations
    by tagging the product with the usability ticket. Come on out to the Triangle's celebration of World Usability Day on Thursday, November 3 @ MCNC (Get Directions ») from 6pm to 9pm to discuss ticketed items from around the Triangle. For more information about World Usability Day in the Triangle, visit triux.org.

    With your help, we can create a great event that will exceed everyone's expectations.

  • 25 Oct 2005 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Wanted to thank our local sponsors, once again.

    * Gold sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
    * Silver sponsor: hesketh.com
    * Silver sponsor: Motricity

    Thanks to them we have raised $1,000 for the event, which will help pay for the space, food, and some advertising. Thanks, all! We still need help, though. If you know someone who might be interested in sponsoring, pass on the sponsorship benefits.

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