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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

Understanding the HCI designer's role

At this point, hopefully the value of software is clear to you and you understand that because computer software has the potential to solve human problems, it also has the potential to make companies money. Just look at Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM, all global Fortune 500 companies that at their core create software that solves users' problems and earns them and their investors a return on investment (ROI). Now, money is not the only benefit that software can provide, but as professionals who want make software better, we have to be armed with the knowledge that our skills and software considerations can impact the bottom line of any company for which we solve problems. The role of an HCI designer in any business should be considered essential, and your ability to understand your own value should translate as you grow your skills. An HCI designer has the ability to impact the ROI of any company.

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