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The Essence of Human-Computer Interaction (Essence of Computing) Paperback – 6 Nov 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 01 edition (6 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137519753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137519750
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is my favourite HCI book plainly because it lacks all the boring jargon most books like this seem to contain. It contains all the basics you need to know, in a way you can easily understand. I find it best as a quick reference book. It's so easy to read it's probably the only academic book that hasn't bored me senseless yet and I keep picking up now and then to refer to. I constantly recommend it to fellow HCI and usability enthusiasts. However do not buy this book if you want something that's really gonna plough into the great depths of HCI.
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I'm starting out on usability and this book is a great starter. It has a lot of stuff in there, like user capabilities, interface layout and more the development rather than the actual fancy design aspects of interfaces - which is what I wanted.

It covers the fundamentals of what I wanted.

The only fault would be the quite old screens which give it a bit dated feel to it, but it's hard to keep up with the fancy aspect of design.
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I thought that this book was a really useful guide, that gave specific names, dates and experiments to human interaction with computers.
Although dry at some point, over all I found this a good pickup-at-any-time kind of book.
I found the book really useful in my A level IT course when talking about designing an interface. What should it contain, how should it be laid out, where etc.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x929424b0) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x9213f774) out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to HCI for the complete novice. 31 Dec. 1998
By akhtarsb@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
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While there are lots of HCI books around, many concentrate on the theory and recent areas of academic research.
Faulkner, however, endeavours to gently introduce relevant aspects of practical and theoretical HCI.
The book requires no previous or specialist knowledge. The aim is to make HCI skills a part of the general software engineering skill-set that the technical project teams possess.
HCI can be viewed as a specialist skill, but only when it is part of the generic engineering lifecycles will it make its true impact.
With this in mind Faulkner has put together a book that can key you into cconcepts and how they are realised, in quick and simple format.
Although this is not as detailed as some other books on usability engineering, it is not written for that purpose.
It is suitable not only for computer personnel who wish to add HCI to their own projects but also for managers who need to work with usability engineers, entry-level students and possibly end-users who will be required to participate in the usability engineering cycle.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9213ffe4) out of 5 stars An excellent launching pad. 24 Dec. 2006
By wooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gives a useful overview in an easy to read digestible tome hence ideal if HCI is a subcomponent of a course you are taking - as it is for me. Recommended for everybody who is involved in professional software development. It's a small book and less that 200 pages at that so hardly onerous and you really ought to be familiar with this stuff.
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HASH(0x920cff78) out of 5 stars Turn off the tape recorder 24 Mar. 2002
By Happy Shopper - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads like it was simply transcribed from tape recordings of lectures. I closed my eyes and I almost felt like I was sitting in an uncomfortable chair in a lecture hall in Southpark, England. Really, very little effort was made to smooth out the prose. More importantly, the book offers little in the way of insight into HCI. Perhaps this is because this discipline doesn't really have much to offer; I'll reserve judgment on that until I find a better book.
This book starts out with a fairly interesting discussion about memory, vision, and hearing, but then makes essentially no connection between these early chapters and what follows. Except for the Earth-shaking insights that users can't remember a list of more than seven random things, and some people are color blind, etc. there isn't much actionable information that will help you design a better UI.
I suppose the chapters on user testing were somewhat helpful in understanding what HCI professionals need to do to evaluate user satisfaction, but overall the book left me still searching for a better text. At this point I'd say the best book on UI design I've seen so far is Cooper's "About Face."
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HASH(0x93e8af84) out of 5 stars Claudia in Republic of Trinidad & Tobago 5 April 2002
By Claudia L. White - Published on Amazon.com
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I am about to pursue a degree program and human-computer interaction is one of the areas of study.
This book has given me an excellent introduction to the subject area. It was very easy and simple reading which gave me the "ESSENCE" of the subject area. Its layout and style would also prove useful for revision just before examinations. All that would be required of me now is to acquire a book that has case studies to build upon this foundation.
I was never aware that there was such an area of study called Human-Computer Interaction. This book has really highlighted the fact that while we may know about system analysis and design we tend to forget some of the "HUMAN" aspects of the user. We design things with the attitude that "the user has to get with the times".
I would recommend this book for reading even by novices.
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