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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
Improving Software Systems with Data

Design and development together can build great software solutions but the software is only as good as the team's ability to continue to improve over time for its users. Throughout this chapter, we will extend our skills with improving software over time. The role HCI designers play has a huge range, from inventing new software ideas to maintaining and iterating existing software. We participate in a highly dynamic field where technology, coding languages, and software tools are constantly changing. These changes are good as they are an example of the HCI community continually improving their profession and, along with it, the software they create. The ability of HCI designers to add value to their software teams is essential to helping our users and scaling software solutions around the globe. Let's take the opportunity to understand...