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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

Examining four quantitative research methods

Quantitative data methods are vast and used by many more professions than just HCI, which has allowed our methods to have value across the spectrum of an HCI team, as well as your clients, who should be familiar with consuming data.

In order to improve your quantitative user research skills, let's discuss four quantitative methods:

  • Quantitative survey method
  • A/B testing method
  • Usability analytics method
  • Accessibility compliance method

Quantitative survey method

The role of an HCI designer is to gather information for a number of sources. There is so much to learn from your users over time. Just as the HCI designer is the "watcher" for qualitative data, they should double down on that and also be the "collector." The collection of data is about using the tools available to understand more about a system. Qualitative observations and interviews, though incredibly useful, have the issue that they are hard to scale....