Chapter 1: Summary & Response

In chapter one, we learned that Human Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on creating things that are truly usable, but that are also easy to learn, effective, and pleasurable for the user. This chapter also informs that HCI designers need to be aware of their product’s intended use, who is going to be using it, how they will be using it, and what they will be doing as they are using it. Many people are involved in interaction design; they focus on how to design for the user and the user experience, which is how people feel after they’ve used the product. Four steps regarding interaction design were laid out: the needs and requirements need to be specified, many different designs need to be made that meet those needs and requirements, the prototype needs to be made so it can be tried out, and it needs to be evaluated. It is important to keep our product efficiently functional, but it still needs to have a pleasing visual form; sometimes it is hard to be successful in both areas. While it is important the thing we’re designing is functional, we always need to keep in mind who we are designing it for- the user always needs to be in the designers’ minds.

I think it is very interesting how design has so much affect on products and how successful they are. The example of the TiVo remote to a standard remote is a perfect example: these two products basically have the exact same function, but one is so much more successful than the other based on the design. It is clear that the TiVo designers really took the user into account based on the picture of the model the chapter provided. They know that people with TiVo will be pausing live TV often, therefore the pause button is right in the middle, slightly bigger, and is a bright yellow color. The fact that it’s shaped into the palm of the TV watcher’s hand is an excellent touch as well, because it is the little things like that which go a long way for the consumer. Making less buttons on it was a very good idea, because it makes the consumer think that it will be a simple process, because the remote is not cluttered and looking confusing.

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One Response to “Chapter 1: Summary & Response”

  1. dthartle Says:

    Good summary, I think this chapter does a good job of explaning what HCI is all about and introduces some important topics that will be useful to understanding this course and its topics.


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