World Usability Day 2018

  • 08 Nov 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • SAS, 200 SAS Campus Drive Cary, NC 27513
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Join us for the 2018 Triangle UXPA World Usability Day celebration on November 8th at 6pm at SAS for networking, dinner and 2 talks.

This year's theme is "Design For Good or Evil." Design has a huge impact on the usability and usefulness of anything and everything. We know that user-centered design produces usable products and services. Whether or not something is usable has significant potential to make our day better or worse. Sometimes, our lives even depend on it.

Evening Agenda

  • 6:00-7:00pm - Networking & Dinner
  • 7:00-7:40pm - Talk #1 by Matt Kubota and Duncan Lewis + Q&A
  • 7:40-7:50pm - Break
  • 7:50-8:30pm - Talk #2 by Derek Ham + Q&A

Talk #1 Can good tech be evil? by Matt Kubota and Duncan Lewis

Today, we can harness technology to problem solve and create new forms of expression and connection at a global scale. How do we make sure that these well-intentioned solutions aren’t ill-received? We will explore how context shapes the utility of technology through case studies and an accessibility project that we’re developing to be a communication aid.

Talk #2 - VR Design For Good & Evil by Derek Ham

Anyone that has tried VR understands that we are truly on the brink of a new way to interact with with digital content. VR is much more immersive than 3D stereoscopic viewing or other virtual reality predecessors. To quote Chris Milk, “VR is the ultimate empathy machine.” While this is true, on the other side of this coin we see countless examples of how VR could be bad for humanity. While the hit television show “Black Mirror” offers several examples of the “dark usage" of VR set in dystopian futures, we can find in today’s ecosystem certain VR applications that suggest negative human characteristics. This talks lays out the design principles of VR UX and connects them to human behaviors wide across the spectrum of what we would classify good and evil.

About Matt Kubota 

Matt lives in Durham, NC and is a product designer at WillowTree where he works on mobile apps for companies like National Geographic, Regal Cinemas, and HBO. At the intersection of technology and design, he strives to improve the lives of others. He graduated from the College of Design at NC State and can’t get enough green tea.

About Duncan Lewis

Duncan is a software engineer at WillowTree, where he architects and develops iOS apps. Duncan has been eagerly exploring potential applications of Apple’s recently released ARKit. You can often find Duncan at one of Durham’s local hangouts with his wife and 1-year old daughter.

About Derek Ham

Derek Ham, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at NCSU's College of Design. Derek completed his doctoral work in Design Computation from MIT, holds a Master’s in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University. His award winning VR experience I Am A Man has been critically reviewed both nationally and internationally for its use of empathy and its ability to transport users back into the Civil Rights Movement. ”I Am A Man” has won the Perspectives Award for Immersive Storytelling at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival, VR Best of Show at the 2108 Nashville Film Festival, and most recently selected as the winner of the 2018 FoST Prize for the category, “Bridging the Divide.”


SAS Training Room
Building F, Room 101
200 SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513
See map: Google Maps

Parking is available behind the building. There is a walkway from the parking lot behind the building to the Training Room (in the front of the building). Parking is also available in adjacent lots.


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