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