World Usability Day is an annual program that consists of concurrent events around the world to raise public awareness about the role of usability and accessibility in making designs easier to use and understand: "Making life easy!". The focus for this year was on Transportation.
On Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Boston-IA members joined the Boston chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA), Boston CHI, the MIT Media Lab, and other local volunteers at Boston's Museum of Science to bring this fun-filled, day-long event to Boston.
This was the fourth year in a row that Boston-IA members and friends have helped to conduct or supervise usability activities for day-time visitors at the Museum of Science— particularly school-aged children, their teachers, and their chaperones.
Boston-IA has traditionally contributed to the "The Evaluation Station", an activity in which volunteers conduct free web site usability and accessibility evaluations for local organizations. This year, we participated in a wide variety of activities.