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Learn Human-Computer Interaction

By : Christopher Reid Becker
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Learn Human-Computer Interaction

By: Christopher Reid Becker

Overview of this book

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a field of study that researches, designs, and develops software solutions that solve human problems. This book will help you understand various aspects of the software development phase, from planning and data gathering through to the design and development of software solutions. The book guides you through implementing methodologies that will help you build robust software. You will perform data gathering, evaluate user data, and execute data analysis and interpretation techniques. You’ll also understand why human-centered methodologies are successful in software development, and learn how to build effective software solutions through practical research processes. The book will even show you how to translate your human understanding into software solutions through validation methods and rapid prototyping leading to usability testing. Later, you will understand how to use effective storytelling to convey the key aspects of your software to users. Throughout the book, you will learn the key concepts with the help of historical figures, best practices, and references to common challenges faced in the software industry. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with HCI strategies and methodologies to design effective user interfaces.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1 - Learn Human-Computer Interaction
Section 2 - How to Build Human-Centered Software
Section 3 - When to Improve Software Systems

Validating prototyping solutions

Accordingly, designing and testing software is connected to the idea that we are addressing a human need.

If you are not testing with your users, you are not validating your solutions:

Screaming this is sometimes necessary because there are some involved in the software design business that sees user testing as a nice thing to have rather than an essential requirement for designing and creating great software. In life, validation is one of the hardest things to come across. We look to external sources for validation, whether from coaches telling us "good job" or teachers giving us grades, or friends accepting us into their group.

Validation is not only important to individuals, but also to the products and services they work on. The software can be improved over time through the validation of ideas, just as humans are improved by validation through their peers and those that understand what behaviors to validate. The question is, when do you...