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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


Throughout this chapter, we discussed how HCI applies to software development and building programs from computers over time. As we continue to get deeper and deeper into the HCI design process and the knowledge that makes HCI a vibrant community, the depth of your understanding should also grow, which is why we reviewed and practiced data gathering methods for both qualitative and quantitative measurements.

As we have discussed, software design is very hard, and without learning from your user, it is even harder – some would even say impossible. The value of data gathering for an HCI designer reaches far into your future and continues to be a set of skills that every software team is reliant upon. Mastering these skills through practice is essential to you growing as an HCI designer.

In the next chapter, we will focus on part 2 of the execution of software design through HCI design and development: human-centered thinking through cycles.