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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
Storytelling and Rapid Prototyping

As you continue to grow your human-computer interaction (HCI) skills, it is essential to practice these skills over time. Up to this point, we have learned how to combine our research data from our new qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as to align our software analysis to our users through data gathering, analysis, and interpretation. All of the HCI user research has allowed us to understand something true and hopefully produce a deep and meaningful user insight. The user insight is the kernel of a solution or multiple solutions, and our role now is to unpack how we move from user insight to a software solution. An HCI designer's job gets very tactical as we move from user research to creating human-centered solutions. Based on the user insight, the HCI designer can start employing human-centered storytelling methods that help...