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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
User Insights for Software Solutions

As you may be starting to pick up, human-computer interaction (HCI) is intimately connected to people through the research data we gather on them. A computer is good at gathering data, and we design computer software in order to capitalize not only on this collection of data but also on how this data feeds back into the software solution. Data on its own will not help an HCI designer create great software. A computer cannot create a software interface solution on its own, at least not yet; it is only an outcome of the work we as HCI designers create. User research becomes critical in the software design process, and we as HCI designers need to learn how to capitalize on our research data gathering skills, which includes observations, interviews, surveys, focus groups, and so on. Gathering user research data is only part of the challenge; next...