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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

Evangelizing to your team and sharing common goals

As we discussed, software is not going anywhere; it literally runs the world. Because of this, we should be educating ourselves and our teams to be better. The very fact you have made it this far through the book speaks to the fact that you are willing to educate yourself. However, if you are the only one who gains from this knowledge, then it is limited. I am grateful you are learning but it is so much more powerful when the things you learn are shared and maintained by others. Because of the power of building software as a team that shares in the same canon of knowledge, the goal is to keep learning. Have you come across ideas in this book that you think will help your teammates? Share it. Great software teams are constantly consuming new knowledge and learning not only from their team process but from the processes of others.

We share a common passion, but there are many ways to solve problems, and scaling solutions to as many uses...