Human–computer interaction (HCI) is the study, planning and design of the interaction between people (users) and computers.

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What are the usability benefits of using multiple monitors?

I've read a lot of articles suggesting that work patterns are more effective when using more than one monitor. But why is that the case, from an HCI perspective? And as follow-up questions, are there ...
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Teaching HCI to graphic design students

I'll be teaching an undergrad course in HCI to graphic design students. I'm looking for assignment ideas. The assignment should lend itself to research by the students, and be inspiring enough to keep ...
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Is HCI applicable to game design in the way I'm trying to apply it?

Say if I wanted to create a new platform in a game like the mobile game doodle jump. The differences in the different platforms are actually subtle changes in different parts of the feedback loop. If ...
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What scholarly UX publications do you know of? [closed]

There's a difference between anecdote/experience-derived UX ideas and UX ideas based on scientific studies. Anyone know where I can get more of the latter? I'm aware of "Ergonomics in Design: The ...
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designing interface for choosing between two images

This is a general question about HCI. I was wondering what are some of the best examples of UIs you've seen that presents a user two images and has them choose which one of them is better. I have ...
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Is it necessary to include an interface's “hidden functions” in the manual / help?

Background A well designed interface allows any type of user, beginner, advanced, or expert, to achieve their objective quickly. In most cases, help information contains the description of elements ...
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Defining “Instantaneous” as part of usability acceptance criteria

The Setup I have run into this problem time and time again. An interface is performing slow and QA and/or Engineering come back and ask, "can you please define the acceptance criteria for how fast ...
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Benefits of recording user facial expressions when testing

Every "proper" test setup seems to include a camera / webcam for recording the user and a lot of articles I've read in the past recommend it as part of a setup, but sources never really go into a ...
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What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?

It seems "Everyone" knows they're highly disruptive for many situations but often times clients don't. Particularly in desktop applications this form of dialog is often misused, often disrupting a ...
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Use of 'she' in scientific literature

While reading through plenty of scientific papers for my thesis relating to Human Computer Interaction (HCI), I am under the impression almost everybody refers to users/subjects/persons/... as 'she'. ...