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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

Using qualitative and quantitative data

It is worth repeating: software design is hard! There is no quick and easy way to jump into the end state where everything just works and your users are blissfully happy. To do it well, you have to get your hands dirty. The reality is that HCI designers get their hands dirty by gathering data from beginning to end. We establish user research and data as essential to the process. The research we do is fed back. Along the process, different qualitative and quantitative research methods are deployed to help us learn and address whether our user's needs are being met.

Not to over-complicate the process, but qualitative methods are more valuable toward the beginning of solving software problems and quantitive methods are more useful as solutions get created. HCI designers should understand where in the software process life cycle they are creating value through user research and data collection – for example, using qualitative methods of...