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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

Creating solutions that are net positive for culture

Software design has informed the way we think about the world and, in turn, how we contribute to the world as well. For hundreds of millions (perhaps billions) of people, platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, WhatsApp, Twitter, Quora, TikTok, and others are a means of access and contribution to society. Of course, some users contribute to their communities more than others, but fundamentally, they are utilizing the same technology channels.

Both Pope Francis and Alex Jones use Facebook to communicate with their communities, albeit for very different ends, but the utilization of the software features is equal. How software and platforms are used as a vehicle for communication is then transferred to its users with little to no oversight or moderation. As software designers, we typically don't want to restrict our users from using our solutions; however, if a software team is finding that users are abusing our platforms...