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World Usability Day 2019

Global Theme: Design for the Future We Want

Michigan State University's Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (MSU UARC) hosted Michigan's 17th annual World Usability Day event on November 14th, 2019. The 2019 theme was "Design for the Future We Want."


Time Description
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:35 Opening Remarks

"Gearing up for Ethnography"
Carol Smith, Senior Research Scientist - Human-Machine Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University


"Project to Product: Leveraging UX to Deliver Value"
Phillip Tularak, UX Manager, Thomson Reuters

9:55-10:25 Break

"Real-World Accessibility: Disabilities and Usability"
Sarah J. Swierenga, PhD, CPE, Director, Michigan State University Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting

Originally Scheduled: "Making Open Data More Accessible" - Kat Hartman, Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology, City of Detroit (Emergency Schedule Change by Speaker)


"Using Contextual Shifts to Design with Intent"
Jen Atanasovski, Customer and Industry Research Pathfinder, Ford Motor Company


"Influencer Secrets 101: Government Edition"
Christopher Patten, Design Researcher, Center for Civic Design

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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