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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


Throughout this final chapter, we dug deep into the responsibilities that HCI designers now take on and looked at the skills you have gained in HCI. The skills and tools used by small and large teams are the reason why HCI is such a vibrant space, but you also need to pay diligent attention to solutions and the impact your software can have on a community, society, and the globe. Software creation is an awesome responsibility that you should not just stop studying now that you have completed this final chapter. Since you will be taking the skills and ideas exposed in this book into the world and into the undefined future, I hope you will be able to faithfully apply your HCI skills, not just in your job but in the wider world.

In this book, we started by getting into some skills and activities that are foundational to HCI thinking. The book covered three key pillars:

  1. HCI skills, theory, and historical context
  2. HCI activities and practical challenges
  3. HCI community resources and...