World Usability Day, Detroit

Refresh Detroit
Refresh Detroit
Public group

Grand Circus

1570 Woodward Avenue · Detroit, MI

How to find us

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower, on Woodward, south of Witherell, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors. Follow the signs in the elevator to the fourth floor.

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Returning for the fourth year, World Usability Day Detroit is a day to gather together to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. Events will be held around the world ( to raise awareness about usability.

This year's theme for World Usability Day is Inclusion through user experience. We're proud to jointly host this year's event with Michigan User Experience Professionals Association ( (Michigan UXPA)!


If you're creating products or services for others to use, World Usability Day, Detroit is for you!

Or if you want to learn how we can work together to make products and services usable to everyone, we'd love for you to attend.


Usable usability: Inclusive design for the real world
Elle Waters, Director of Strategy at Simply Accessible, Inc.

Many times, user research doesn't account for the needs of people with disabilities. We know that the user experience is more than a series of transactions, but all too often, we limit our understanding of what it means to design for everyone.

How can we move beyond rules and checklists to think about people more holistically?

With hands-on demonstrations and stories from inclusive usability studies, Elle will share best practices and practical recommendations for considering a range of people's abilities and needs in your design process.

We’re giving away 2 copies of Laura Kalbag's recently published book Accessibility for Everyone, courtesy of A Book Apart (


Elle Waters is an inclusion activist, taoist, gamer, xenophile, metaverse enthusiast, agile seeker, and social justice rabble rouser.

In her work, she has seen amazing things happen, where inclusive design is the primary driver for change and innovation, all by putting people first.

In her life, she is learning how to embrace constant change and transformation as a path to participating in a kinder world.

Elle Waters is Director of Strategy at Simply Accessible, Inc (


6:30pm to 7:00pm: Welcome, food, refreshments, and networking
7:00pm to 7:15pm: Introductions
7:15pm to 8:10pm: Presentation and interactive activity
8:10pm to 8:30pm: Announcements and networking
8:30pm: Time to leave

We value you, your safety, and your participation ; we expect all Refresh Detroit members to follow our Code of Conduct (


Vitamin T ( is a division of Aquent and is the only global staffing company dedicated exclusively to creative, digital, marketing, and technical roles for mid size, agency, and Fortune 500 companies. Our core competency is helping companies increase their internal capacity to execute on creative and marketing initiatives while effectively managing costs.

Vitamin T will gain an understanding of the unique nuances of your business, enabling us to streamline the hiring process and uncover the very best candidates for your teams.

The Understanding Group ( brings clarity and meaning to complex information environments. Digital places like websites and intranets require architecture to succeed.

Our information architects collaborate with you to translate your goals into digital places your visitors enjoy visiting. No more confusion and missed opportunities. We can also help guide you through the process of establishing governance and content strategies to keep visitors engaged for years to come.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. ( is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. Quicken Loans was ranked No. 10 on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2017, and has been among the top 30 companies for the past 14 consecutive years.

The company has been recognized as one of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” the past 13 years.

Grand Circus ( is passionate about training people for amazing careers in tech and helping local businesses grow by hiring local tech superstars.

Our coding bootcamps serve both purposes: we give people critical skills for tech jobs while introducing them to businesses looking for talent.

User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) ( International supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience (UX) of products and services.


Tech Toledo ( connects the IT, design and entrepreneur communities in the Toledo region by guiding grass root efforts, organizing events for networking and education, and providing strategic roadmaps for collaboration.


Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower (, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator on the right to the fourth floor. Turn left when you exit the elevator and go through the door to the common room to our meeting space.

Street parking is available on Washington Boulevard ($1/hour, credit card only or use the Park Detroit app) as well as nearby Compuware and Detroit Opera House parking structures (cash only).