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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 Thinking

Any great piece of software is built by a team, and the upcoming chapters will outline the roles and responsibilities for identifying and developing software solutions as a team. Design and development work with the users' best intentions in mind, which is a great concept but is only as good as how a team can execute those human-centered solutions. As we familiarize ourselves with the skills and concepts that allow us to execute HCI software design effectively, the ability of an HCI designer to understand the whole software design process, and all the team members who come together to make it happen, is a great starting place.

Throughout this chapter, you will familiarize yourself with the day-to-day practices of what a software team will be expected to execute when producing software. The HCI skills will also contextualize how a software team works...