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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

Rooting action to deeper user purpose

Let's take a birds-eye view of why HCI should care about a user insight in the first place. We discussed how our user research, both qualitative and quantitative, gets analyzed and synthesized, but a broader question remains: does researching our user really create better software solutions?

User research for HCI designers is not an easy task. Not only are the skills we discussed nuanced and somewhat time-consuming, but the real challenge comes when trying to justify the need for user research in the first place. The skills of executing qualitative and quantitive research together have the opportunity to paint an accurate picture of your user and, if done thoroughly, they can have a lasting impact on software decisions and, ultimately, the success or failure of software solutions. For HCI designers, we need the research to understand our process, and some of you may focus solely on the research path. If you are so lucky, great for you. The rest...