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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
Human-Centered Design Principles

Human-computer interaction (HCI) is more significant than just a set of skills or professions. There is a shared set of human values that bind all of us who participate in the execution of software. HCI skills apply to our roles as we produce software products, websites, or any other computer-related solutions. The collection of skills we are learning and practicing is also part of a bigger picture that joins together with the long line of designers, developers, technologists, and creators who have made humanity better with their ideas and contributions.

Throughout this chapter, we will be covering human-centered design principles that support the HCI profession. Human-centered design (HCD), sometimes called user-centered design (UCD), is a design process that focuses on the user throughout iterative design cycles. The design process allows design...