Why HCI?

HCI considers important issues on the design of effective interactive systems on every day life as in the workplace at home and in schools. The term Human Computer Interaction was adopted in the mid 1980’s as a means of describing this new field of study.

There are numbers of reasons why Human-Computer Interaction is a worthwhile field to study, both theoretical and practical.

  • It provides a context in which to consider user-centered design methods.
  • It provides a basis upon which we can evaluate design methods for their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • It provides real-world environment in which to develop new theories of user psychology. It provides tests for existing theories, as well as the for data developing new ones.
  • This field is one of the fastest-growing areas of employment in computing science.

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Sources: Antakan, S.S. (2006). Human-Computer Interaction, and Dr. Mohammed Alabdulkareem’s lecture.