Required Reading List (Summer 2021)
This class has two reading lists: a list of required readings, and a list of recommended readings. The required readings will be useful to your assignments and projects, and will also be tested more explicitly on the two course tests. The recommended readings are more generally foundational books, papers, and courses on HCI in general.
Required Reading List
On average, you can expect to spend 1 to 2 hours reading per week. The topics of these papers fall into two categories: some are thorough, retrospective overviews of decades of HCI research; some are foundational, seminal works in the field of HCI; and some are cutting-edge research from the most recent HCI-related conferences and journals.
The information contained in these readings will be useful as you complete your assignments and projects, but it will also be tested explicitly on the course tests. Ten questions on each test will be based on these readings. From the perspective of the test, your emphasis in reading these papers should be in getting a sufficient understanding of the material to answer high-level questions about the paper, as well as to be able to find answers quickly for more specific questions.
Note that the weeks in this list represent the week of content most relevant to the listed readings. However, we know that there will be weeks when you are busier than others, and you may not be able to complete a week’s readings during that particular week. The only assessments dependent on having completed these readings are the tests, so you need only worry about completing the readings for weeks 1 through 5 by week 5, and for weeks 6 through 10 by week 10.
To accommodate the shorter summer schedule, we have distributed the readings typically completed in weeks 11 and 12 throughout the second half of the class. Readings marked with (CHI) come from week 11’s “Best of CHI 2019” theme. Readings marked with (GT) come from week 12’s “Best of Georgia Tech HCI” theme.
|Week 1: Foundations of HCI|
|Week 2: Research Ethics and Needfinding|
|Week 3: Invisible Interfaces and Human Abilities|
|Week 4: Design Alternatives|
|Week 5: Mental Models and Representations|
|END OF MATERIAL FOR TEST 1|
|Week 6: Prototyping|
|Week 7: Context and Distributed Cognition|
|Week 8: Experiments and Evaluation|
|Week 9: Artifacts, Interfaces, and Politics|
|Week 10: Evaluation and Agile Development|
|END OF MATERIAL FOR TEST 2|
Recommended Reading List
HCI is a huge field, and there’s always more to read; in addition to the required papers and chapters above, there are also several books, other papers, and other courses online that we recommend checking out. None of these are tested explicitly in any work required for the class, but they would certainly benefit both your work here as well as your future pursuits.
The following books are seminal HCI literature and could be read in parallel to any course material.
- The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
- The Inmates Are Running the Asylum by Alan Cooper
- Human-Computer Interaction by Alan Dix, Janet Finlay, Gregory Abowd, and Russell Beale
- Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Yvonne Rogers, Jelen Sharp, and Jenny Preece
- Designing with the Mind in Mind by Jeff Johnson
- Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research by Elizabeth Goodman, Mike Kuniavsky, and Andrea Moed
- Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction by Jonathan Lazar, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, and Harry Hochheiser
- Understanding Your Users: A Practical Guide to User Requirements Methods, Tools, and Techniques by Catherine Courage and Kathy Baxter
- Tools for Thought by Howard Rheingold
In addition to these books, there are several excellent readings that complement specific lessons or concepts from HCI. Many of these papers will be discussed during those lessons, but we have also provided a list of recommended papers and their corresponding lessons and topics. Where available, links go to the paper; if a link is not available, you should be able to locate the paper through the Georgia Tech library or, if noted, the Files folder on Canvas.
There are also a number of high-quality courses offered by other instructors and institutions that may be of interest to further developing your knowledge of HCI.
- Intro to Design of Everyday Things from UC-San Diego’s Don Norman (on Udacity)
- Introduction to User Experience Design from Georgia Tech’s Rosa Arriaga (on Coursera)
- UX Design from the University of Michigan’s Mark Newman (on EdX)
- Interaction Design Specialization from UC-San Diego’s Scott Klemmer, Elizabeth Gerber, and Jason Wobbrock (on Coursera)
- UI Design Specialization from the University of Minnesota’s Lana Yarosh, Haiyi Zhu, Loren Terveen, Joseph Konstan, and Brent Hecht
- UX Design for Mobile Developers, Rapid Prototyping, and Product Design from Google (on Udacity)
- The Interaction Design Foundation, home to dozens of classes on interaction design