Here's a toast to everything in our lives that's a pain in all the wrong places. Some selected entries of a Boycott Bad Design contest, as well as some international cartoons - all centering round the theme of rethinking, refreshing and recycling ideas for a sustainable world - are on display at the State Art Gallery from 17th to 22nd September. The designs will showcased from 11am to 7pm.
The problem is faced by everyone but noticed only by some. Every day, as we walk, drive, work, commute, relax and live our daily lives, we are met with obstacles that are unseen but felt with great impact. But according to Usability Matters.Org (UMO), identifying a bad design and understanding how it makes our life difficult is the first step in finding practicable ways of solving it.
For the 5th consecutive year, Usability Matters.Org (UMO) is organizing an International Cartoon Exhibition and UMO - Bad Design Expo ’09, as a part of its celebrations towards World Usability Day. The expo will be inaugurated on the 17th September at 4pm. The guests of honor for the event are Ramam Atmakuri (Vice-President and Head, Invensys Development Center, India) and Ramesh Loganathan (MD & Head of India Development Centre, Progress Software Development Pvt. Ltd).
The UMO-Boycott Bad Design Contest'09 was an international competition that was announced in the month of August, and received 640 entries. The theme was So Tweet Earth - Rethink, Refresh And Recycle Ideas For A Sustainable World, and prizes worth Rs. 30,000 were given away. This competition called for participants to identify bad designs, services and experiences from our everyday life, including buildings, roads, consumer products, business, services or healthcare systems; throughout their life cycle. The focus was on the adverse impact they could have on the environment, energy, water, soil, and more.
On similar lines, the UMO-5th International Cartoon Contest '09 was also held, and received 834 entries from across 53 countries with the same theme. Awards worth Rs. 60,000, including a 1st prize of Rs.25,000, two 2nd prizes of Rs.10,000, three 3rd prizes of Rs.5,000, and one special mention award, were given.
UMO is an Indian non-profit organization working towards design awareness and exchange of design sensibilities through interaction between designers and design-sensitive consumers. It is a forum dedicated to discussing, improving and promoting the work of the Usability & Interaction design community in India.
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