As usability professionals, our work is moving us closer to a certain future. Whether the progress is intentionally or unintentionally created, and whether that future is tomorrow, next month, or several years down the line – we are all heading towards endpoints of our own creation. This begs the question – What kind of future are we designing for?
This year’s World Usability Day theme
is: “Design for the Future We Want” and it was inspired by the United Nation’s (UN’s) Sustainable Development goals for the future. These 17 goals provide a roadmap of a future that we could be seeking to attain. The goals vary widely from “Good Health and Well Being” to “Gender Equality” to “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. All of the goals are summarized in the infographic below. You can also read more about each goal (including it’s full description) here.