World Usability Day event at UMT, Lahore

November 11, 2008 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

World Usability Day 2008Usability is the degree to which software, hardware, websites, phones or any other product or gadget can be made easy to use. It defines whether a product is efficient, effective and satisfying for those who use it.

After all, usability really just means making sure that something works well: that a person of average (or even below average) ability and experience can use the thing – whether it’s a Web site, a fighter jet, or a revolving door – for its intended purpose without getting hopelessly frustrated. – says Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think, 2000

It is important to realize that usability is not a single, one-dimensional property of a user interface. Usability has multiple components and is traditionally associated with these five usability attributes: learnability, efficiency, memorability, errors, satisfaction. – Jakob Nielsen, Usability Engineering, 1993

Pakistan is not lagging behind in commemorating World Usability Day this year. I received the following invitation from Badar Khushnood, Country Consultant for Google and Imran Hussain, Director of the Interaction Design Center at UMT Lahore. This event is part of a globally-coordinated effort that is being simultaneously held in over 175 cities around the world. This is the first time the event is being held in Pakistan. Wish I was in the country. Certainly seems like an event worth attending. All those of you who are in Lahore or can be in Lahore on November 13, don’t miss the opportunity to attend this event.

Usability invitation

For more information and to register online, please visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=57687680808 or http://tinyurl.com/wud-lhr-pk (limited seats available).

For those who cannot be in Lahore on Nov 13, the organisers are trying to web-cast the event live @ http://www.ustream.tv/channel/world-usability-day

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