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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
Interface Design Values

As a growing human-computer interaction (HCI) practitioner, you now get to share a set of human values that bind all practitioners together in the execution of great software. Hopefully, you are learning HCI to join this community of practitioners that care about the community and want to improve the world through software. We only want you to join us if you care about the things you might create.

Interacting with a computer requires lots of trust from your user. If you stand back from software technology, software design can fundamentally impact our day-to-day lives in both positive and negative ways. As you continue to grow your HCI skills, wrapping your head around the bigger picture of how technology impacts society (your users) will improve your ability to design solutions that address their needs. You will learn why HCI designers are valuable for...