Book Image

Learn Human-Computer Interaction

By : Christopher Reid Becker
Book Image

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

Solving a problem with computer software

Software is connected along a large spectrum of possible solutions, from those that are not so helpful to those that are very helpful to its users. The problem-solving spectrum has given software design a lot of value in the world:

Software is a process, and at the heart of why we design and develop software is that it is based on the opportunity to solve a problem. Problems, fortunately, are an endless stream. Unfortunately, there are no finite solutions, as some problems have multiple answers. Software design and development is one of the many ways to solve a human problem, and as we use software to solve problems, we need to be aware of the role software and computers can play in helping address and ultimately become a strong candidate for helping to design solutions to those human problems.

Positive software example – the alarm

Software technology has been designed and created to carry out everyday tasks. Take waking us up with an...