I started my HCI postgraduate subject at UTS last night with Dr. Toni Robertson. Here is the list of recommended readings/books:
1. Preece, Jenny, Yvonne Rogers, Hellen Sharp (2001), Interaction Design: Beyond Human Computer Interaction, Wiley.
2. Krug, Steve (2000) Don’t Make Me Think, Que, USA
3. Nielsen Jakob (1999) Designing Web Usability. New Riders Publishing.
4. Preece, Jenny, Yvonne Rogers, Hellen Sharp, David Benyon, Simon Holland and Tom Carey (1994) Human-Computer Interaction, Addison-Wesley, UK.
I am really looking forward to getting into this subject, particularly as we will be looking at emerging mobile technology usability, experience and human -extension.
Here is a synopsis:
Interaction Design (ID) is defined as designing interactive products to support people in their everyday and working lives.
This entails creating user experiences that enhance and extend the way people work, communicate and interact. ID extends the traditional focus of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) beyond designing computer systems for a single user sitting in front of a single machine.
One of the central challenges is to keep abreast of technological development, to understand the usability issues associated with these and to use this understanding to ensure that technology is harnessed for maximum human benefit.
This subject focuses on user-centred approaches to, and methods for, technology design. It provides students with an understanding of the principles of HCI as well as concepts, tools and techniques that can assist in the creation of both useful and usable technology that supports users? activities.
The subject introduces both the social and the technological aspects of HCI as well as usability design and evaluation methods.