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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

Exploring how great solutions should be shared and scaled

Importantly, even software teams that are built around prototyping first and working with tight collaboration doesn't mean without a doubt that they will be successful. The reality is there is a ton of competition and making software solutions scalable is risky. For example, Microsoft Word is not going away anytime soon – even if a new software team invented a better word processor, the hold and longevity of Microsoft Word means it is staying around. There are many reasons why, but Microsoft Word is still the default. A 5-year-old in kindergarten is now learning to use a computer alongside their ABCs and I can bet you they use Microsoft Word software to write their first letters. The deep hooks in culture that software such as Microsoft Word has is profound, as that tool has achieved adoption on a massive scale. Its scale is achieved not just due to its use on computers; it has also reached such a scale culturally...