There may not be any events in Pittsburgh to commemorate this year's World Usability Day on Thursday, November 11, but there are plenty of events online. Be sure to check out http://www.worldusabilityday.org/events/2010/online-only for online activities that focus on this year's theme, communication.
Be sure to also take advantage of these special offers featuring usability tools:
User Friendly 2010, whose theme is “Embracing Asian Culture”, is UPA China’s seventh annual UX conference. It will take place in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, from Nov 12th - 14th, 2010.
Over the past decade, UX has been gradually gaining recognition throughout Asia. Although it is still a relatively new term in the region, Asian businesses are now beginning to see the importance of good usability, and the UX market is steadily maturing.
In a recent convo on Twitter, Janna DeVylder, Dave Malouf, Steve Baty and I were discoursing about the difficulties of traversing the Research > Design chasm. Some really great thoughts ensued. So, I thought I'd keep the convo going here.
It's a topic I'm keely interested in. Having helped present From Design to Research at Agile '09, and having worked on this for many years, I still realize I have lots to learn.
I've been doing remote work as a usability / IA professional consultant on and off for about four years now. I have a home office here in Dallas, and have clients all over North America. At the moment, business is pretty good.