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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 software origins

As we discussed, the computer's origins are rooted in solving human problems—for example, doing mathematics. Much of software is linked with and obsessed with counting, and whether it be social media likes, views of web pages, or how many photos you take a day, we create software that helps users manage the things we create from our software.

The origins of designing computer software are intimately tied to caring about the people who will use our solution in the first place. The role of HCI is birthed out of these human-centered ideals. We hold that we can solve users' problems with technology, but first come to understand what they need.

As Silicon Valley grew and software scaled into our world, the role of designing software well also changed. The education of computer scientists, engineers, and designers came into play as their skills are being used to execute software design. HCI is a reaction, a way of improving the way we think...