Wageningen - “Why doesn’t this work better? Why can’t this be easier?” World Usability Day is for all the people who’ve ever asked questions like these. For the first time in history, people around the world were focused on the answer – usability.
On November 3, 2005 a worldwide series of events, organized by The Usability Professionals’ Association, promoted awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered design. Events took place in more than 70 cities in 35 countries.
For more information visit the World Usability Day website.
In the scope of World Usability Day, Noldus Information Technology organized two free events in our main office in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Around 40 participants attended the interactive seminar 'Getting the most from usability testing tools' and the demonstrations. Both offered unique opportunities to learn more about usability tests.
The seminar dealt with varied usability topics, such as different ways to speed up tests and optimized data acquisition using tools (Eye Trackers and Event loggers). Other topics were easy ways to analyze generated data and how to present your findings in such a way that it will get your message across. The seminar ended with a discussion of new developments that could facilitate usability testing.
In the afternoon a number of exciting demonstrations took place. A usability test of the Novib website was conducted live. Participants could join the observers and watch a usability test from the observation room in our brand new Experience Lab. Also tools for collecting multimodal data (like eye-tracking data, physiological data, etc.) were on display.
Between the events the participants enjoyed a nice lunch in the grand café of the Noldus building. After the demonstrations drinks were also served in the grand café. This was a good moment to evaluate a successful World Usability Day at Noldus.