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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

Designing software for all users with universal design principles

Software design is executed at a fast pace in our world due to the demand of our users; however, this speed has outpaced our ability to make sure the best software is available for all users. The importance of going beyond the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and evolving your software systems to adapt to the changes in culture and technology rather than the other way around is a big reason why software teams and HCI/ UX designers exist in the first place.

Software is indispensable in our society, and building solutions that address our users' needs is a bigger responsibility when those users are more diverse and have different abilities than the teams designing them and creating them. Full disclosure: I am a English-speaking male who is able-bodied, writes with his right hand, has 20/20 vision, and an average mental focus. Having self-awareness when thinking about a problem or devising solutions is really important....