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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

Exploring qualitative user research methods

As an HCI designer, you will spend a significant amount of time trying to understand your users, which is extremely hard. As we will discuss, your users are not a monolithic group; rather, they are a collection of individuals who are always in flux. Users are people, and people can be unpredictable. We are lucky that people are complex; otherwise, we would be able to program everyone to be the same and our software opportunities would be greatly diminished because all people would be like robots. Users are not robots; they are people who have human emotions, needs, and consciousness. The human considerations are what make designing software for humans so difficult. The reality is that people are like snowflakes: no two are alike, and because of this, an HCI designer needs to build a robust set of skills to try and understand people. We need to improve our abilities to gather data on our users. The role of qualitative user research is essential...