This afternoon, Stephen and Laurene from local usability firm User Vision popped by for a chat. As one of the biggest and well-known usability and user experience firms in the capital, they’re spearheading the World Usability Day for 2010 in Scotland:
“World Usability Day (WUD) is a global event promoted by the Usability Professional’s Association (UPA) to raise awareness of usability and user experience so that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. More than 150 events across 43 countries were held on last year’s World Usability Day.”
This year, User Vision has been selected as one of the five official events around the world. Their event is basically an open doors day (2-6pm) where anyone can go along and engage in some tasks related to usability or try some new hardware.
The theme for the Day is communication. To contribute. we want to showcase how much multitouch interfaces (and interactive tables in particular) change the way that we communicate and work together.
Our discussions really centred around our Interactive Mortgage Guide project. In brief, the mortgage guide was meant for a adviser/client scenario in a bank branch. On the surface (if you excuse the pun!) it might seem like a few graphs and a video or two. But in practice it ends up being so much more because it facilitates a lot more engagement than the previous model where the adviser types on computer more than the customer. Read more…