November 12 is World Usability Day (also known as “Make Things Easier Day”—who can argue with that?) On this day we celebrate the pursuit of creating an effortless, intuitive product experience.
Supporters of an improved product experience aim to go beyond building a “functional” product. As the organizers of World Usability Day put it, “We don’t have to put up with products and services that don’t work well; we believe that human error is a misnomer. No one should have to suffer through products and services that get in their way. People should not be made to feel stupid by technology.”
The relationship between usability and accessibility
This is deeply tied to accessibility; creating an accessible and (key word here) useable experience will enhance the experience for everyone, not just for those with disabilities. At TPGi, we are big proponents of simplicity. Fewer steps, moving parts, and complexities involved in a product make it more likely to be both useable and accessible.
It ain’t easy
However, don’t confuse “simple” with “easy” during the product creation process. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. It’s often harder to create a product that’s easy to use because you’re forced to account for many variables without complicating the process of using the product itself. But don’t despair, the UX team at TPGi is here to help your organization accomplish exactly that.
We offer Inclusive Design Reviews, Usability Testing, and User Research for all your digital accessibility products. Contact us to learn more about how we can support your goals for accessibility and usability.
For more reading on the subject of User Experience, Usability, and Accessibility, check out our blog posts:
- UX Series 1: Universal Design and Digital Accessibility
- UX Series 2: User Experience and Digital Accessibility
- UX Series 3: Digital Accessibility and the UX Design Process
- UX Series 4: Digital Accessibility and the UX Testing Process
- UX Series 5: Usability Testing and Digital Accessibility
- UX Series 6: Connecting UX with Digital Accessibility Strategy