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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
Extending HCI

Now that we have reviewed some ways to produce human-centered solutions at scale, let's discuss how the ideas and skills covered up to this point can be extended and maintained over your careers. As a budding HCI designer, you are well on your way to impacting your users in a positive way. The roles we play in culture are linked to our ability to design, test, and iterate software solutions for our users, but we also have the opportunity to improve ourselves. Extending our own skills will ultimately improve the speed, attention, and value that our solutions bring to our businesses and our users.

Now that you are progressing in your HCI journey, let's discuss how HCI skills can create value over time. Software design and development careers are in high demand. The US News and World Report lists the top jobs each year. In 2020, the #1 best job in the US was...