Each year, the Usability Professionals’ Association sponsors a one-day celebration that both celebrates and raises awareness for good design – design that makes life easier, design that facilitates communication and interaction, design that operates intuitively. The objective of World Usability Day is to craft, overtime, a list of specifications that a product needs to have to satisfy everyone’s basic requirements for ease of use.
At Zemoga, our commitment to good user experience transcends our client work. Our employees actively seek out knowledge beyond the office that can improve or enhance their specialties. One such employee is Natalia Vivas, one of our Information Architects, who leads the official Colombian Usability Community. Natalia’s dedication led her to organize the first-ever Colombian Usability Day, in conjunction with World Usability Day, which will be held on November 12, 2010.
Zemoga is proud to be an official sponsor of Colombian Usability Day, along with two major Colombian Universities, Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería and Universidad de la Salle. There is also government support from the Colombian Ministry of Communications, who will be financing the airfare & accommodations for the speakers. But our support goes far beyond just helping build the website; we believe in design that improves lives, and want to spread the word about this amazing event.
Attendance at Colombian Usability Day is completely FREE, with limited seating for up to 400 people. The keynote speakers at the event will be Peter Van Dijck, Vice President of Global User Experience at Fox Mobile Distribution in Belgium. Van Dijck is one of the most referenced figures in Information Architecture, and author of the book Information Architecture for Designers. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone Magazine, and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. Other notable speakers include Enrique Stanziola, multimedia professor, freelance interactive designer, and coordinator at Taller de Diseño Interactivo from Argentina, as well as Darcy Vergara, an experienced Information Architect from Chile. The event will take place at Universidad La Salle’s Teatro Central in Candelaria.
It’s great to see international discussion about humanizing technological products and services to ensure that no one gets left behind, even if the user is elderly or disabled. That’s why Colombian Usability is keeping the conversation going with an open conference until October 12 for anyone to speak their mind about user experience, user centered design, information architecture and accessibility.
Find more information at http://www.diadelausabilidad.com.co, and thanks so much to Natalia Vivas for her hard work and devotion to creating great user experiences.