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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


To summarize, we discussed how HCI skills are valuable to a team and why we evangelize the value of human-centered design to every team member. The opportunities that teams small and large get is why HCI is a vibrant space and your practice of caring about the users and sharing that goal with your current team or a team you are looking to join is key to growing your HCI skills, but equally to demonstrating your value to users.

As we get approach the end of the book, and you prepare yourself to take these conversations and skills into the world, it is important to remember that you are part of a community and will join a team of designers. If you think about it, it is kind of remarkable that great solutions are designed by hundreds of people. The ability to share ideas and solutions and scale them around the globe is an opportunity, but also a challenge for you to continue to educate yourself and your team over time. As you grow your skills and extend them to your fellow team...