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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)
1
Section 1 - Learn Human-Computer Interaction
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Section 2 - How to Build Human-Centered Software
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Section 3 - When to Improve Software Systems

How HCI is standing on the shoulders of giants

I will be quoting many HCI designers and other technology thought leaders, as well as making reading suggestions. There is no way for me to be comprehensive about HCI; the field is too big. Many before me have done an exceptional job, and it would be arrogant of me to attempt to relate or even regurgitate their ideas. I recommend making a list of thinkers along the way and following these thought leaders on Twitter. Many of them contribute to the community, and reading what they have to say will not only inform your work but also help you relate to others around you.

I highly recommend reading the following books:

  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman: Every HCI designer should have read this book as it lays out the origins of UX and discusses thinking about design as a system (https://www.amazon.com/Design-Everyday-Things-Revised-Expanded/dp/0465050654).
  • Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug: If you plan to work on digital interfaces...