a result – software that is usable: easy to learn and remember; efficient, visually pleasing and fun to use; quick to recover from errors;
a process for creating usable software;
a set of techniques used to create usable software;
a philosophy of designing to meet user needs.
Friends and Colleagues,
I wanted to let you know that Aspiration and Blue Oxen Associates are hosting a first-ever usability sprint for free and open source software February 18-20 in San Francisco. During the sprint, usability experts will work with open source developers and users to make software more intuitive and user-friendly. A number of free/libre/open source (FLOSS) projects, including several nonprofit e-advocacy applications, will be part of the working sessions, putting usability principles to the test.
The event will be documented throughout to capture learnings and to apply towards other free and open source projects. A full press release is below. This event is the first in a series focused on free and open source software usability for nonprofits.
Aspiration and Blue Oxen are seeking to attract FLOSS projects and individuals to the event. Developers, designers, users, and others passionate about improving the quality of the FLOSS user experience for specific projects are welcome to apply at www.flossusability.org.
CM: I don't think I can attend this. It would be great if someone from the community did.