As usability professionals, our work is moving us closer to a certain future. Whether the progress towards it is intentionally or unintentionally created, or 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”. It was inspired by the United Nation’s (UN’s) 17 Sustainable Development goals. These 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.
In conclusion, it is our responsibility as UX professionals to design for a future that not only we would want to live in, but also for future generations. As a community, we should strive to consciously think about a future we would want, and work to create that future for ourselves and each other.