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World Usability Day 2018

Global Theme: Design for Good or Evil

Michigan State University's Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (MSU UARC) hosted Michigan's 16th annual World Usability Day event on November 8th, 2018.


  • Dawn Opel
  • Peter Morville
  • Shawn Henry
  • Jason Withrow
  • Erik Dahl
Time Description
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:35 Opening Remarks

"How to Talk with Engineers about Usability"
Dawn Opel; Assistant Professor; Experience Architecture Program and Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; Michigan State University


"Planning for Usability"
Peter Morville, President, Semantic Studios

9:50-10:20 Break

"Understanding the User Experience Behind the New WCAG 2.1 Requirements"
Shawn Henry; World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative; Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"Designing a Usable and Accessible Personal Health Record"
Jason Withrow, Web Design & Development Full-Time Faculty, Washtenaw Community College


"Designing Our Future(s)"
Erik Dahl, Erik Dahl Design Company

1:15-3:00 MSU UARC Open House (Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd, Room 93)

World Usability Day

World Usability Day is the largest gathering of industry professionals, world-class academics, government leaders, and students facilitating the progression of usability, user experience, and user-centered design. Each year, the World Usability Day community holds over 150 events in more than 40 countries. Michigan State University's event draws speakers and attendees from all parts of North America representing industry, government, and academia.

World Usability Day was founded to explore ways to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.

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