Recap: World Usability Day Event in Los Angeles #wud11

Recap: World Usability Day Event in Los Angeles #wud11

Reposting from my original post here at

Today was the annual World Usability Day event, celebrated globally in 43 countries.

Working Village Calendar
Working Village Calendar

We co-sponsored and attended the Santa Monica, CA event, hosted by the LA – Usability Professionals' Association Chapter at the co-working space, Working Village.

Event crowd

Guest speakers included:

Both the day and event were themed-based, with its focus on "Education: Designing for Social Change".

Some highlights from Jason's talk included:

  • The Khan Academy has over a dozen offices in the United States and several in India.
  • Founder Salman Khan's vision for the academy is a "Resource to learn anything".
  • They are currently working on an art history program and hope to roll out one for computer science in the next year or two.

Some highlights from Jeanne's talk included:

  • There is an urgent need to reform art education. 50% of Los Angeles students are not graduating.
  • MOCA has a great teacher's education program that is helping to develop community amongst teachers through relationship building.
  • Museum stakeholders are getting turned on to user experience design as a way to aid in their mission of educating the public and working professionals.

We were happy to participate and support such a wonderful, unified effort and hope to see World Usability Day continue to grow. It is our hope to continue to contribute to this incredibly powerful and rewarding field through our own user experience practice.

Happy learning!