Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction

Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction

Postby squinky86 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:31 pm

Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction 2nd Edition by Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers, and Jenny Preece
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For a class on human-computer interaction, this is an excellent book. The pros heavily outweigh the cons, particularly when this book is taught by a proficient professor. In this book, the authors take the readers through the steps of designing how agents will be using the systems that are being developed.

The book is complete and reads coherently. Every major aspect involving the design of a system that will be interacting with any operator is covered. Taking into account so many of these small details in every design is difficult to do, but this book successfully teaches students how to think through even the smallest aspects of their design. The assignments are engaging and make you think. Combined with the plentiful mix of real-life examples, this book provides all the groundwork for a good HCI class.

At times, the content can be a bit dry. Too much emphasis is given on the history of some of the concepts, and many of the paragraphs are added as "fluff." Professors should remove the fluff before teaching each chapter to their class. Assignments are often subjective in nature. Professors should make sure that they are liberal with their grading on subjective assignments - one student may not see the same flaws in theoretical designs that another person sees. An interaction problem with one student may not pose the same problem for another. The authors do a good job of pointing out that a large set of users to query about the usability of a design is preferable, but if a professor attempts to teach this class as a cut-and-dry my-way-only way, they'll frustrate their students more than educating them.
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