Welcome to the November edition of the Userfocus usability newsletter.
November has anniversaries of varying importance, including Guy Fawkes Day, Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day. Now we can add World Usability Day to this list, a day dedicated to ensuring that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.
In this month's newsletter, we thought we would provide some suggestions for things you can do to mark the event, varying from 10 minutes to an hour.
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Watch a video
World Usability Day will be officially launched by a webcast on the impact of usability on healthcare. You can find instructions for viewing the video at the World Usability Day web site.
Listen to a podcast
There are now many excellent podcasts about usability available on the web. Here are some of our favourites:
Download a poster
Download and print the official World Usability Day 2007 Poster to raise awareness in your office.
Read the news
We've collected together some of the best up-to-date articles on usability and made it available via Netvibes. (Netvibes is free to use and you don't need to register). It's like a Usability Daily Newspaper. Read this article in full: Usability RSS Feeds.
Make a difference
Are you fed up with not being able to find something on your Intranet? Is there a gadget or device you've used today that drives you nuts? Send an e-mail or write a letter to whoever is responsible and try to make a difference.
Attend one of our upcoming training courses
How to carry out a usability expert review, December 10, 2007, London
For people in design teams who need to spot usability problems in prototypes and finished products, "How to carry out a usability expert review" is a 1-day seminar that teaches delegates cost-effective methods to evaluate designs. Unlike courses in usability testing, this seminar teaches delegates how to find and fix usability problems without involving end users. More information about this training course: Expert review training.