a description of a user archetype that aids designers by allowing them to follow the mindset of specific types of users when test users are not available.

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Why Not Use a Real Person as a Persona?

My understanding of UX Personas is that they're descriptions of fictitious people designed to represent the common traits and attributes of a broader audience demographic. If that's the case, in what ...
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Quoting time and effort for UX research

Edit : I've added a little more detail to the main question here. There are many techniques and practices at our disposal to gain an understanding of the target audiences motivations and needs when ...
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example of a good software design document

Anyone got any online examples of good software design documents. I want personas, goals, scenarios and all that good stuff. I wish Cooper would have included a document with his books.
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Constructing personas without user research

I'm in the position where I can not do proper user research for an upcoming project. I do have some information from the customer (their RFI and RFQ) but I don't feel that is really enough. How would ...
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where to source images for personas [closed]

I've always used istockphoto to find images for personas but I'm finding it increasingly difficult to find 'real' looking people. I feel that the more real they look the more believable they are. But ...
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Is creating personas against the principles of User Centered Design? [closed]

I'm just running through an agency proposal and the misuse of personas has reared its ugly head again. I'm finding this is now a frequently reoccurring theme and so I thought I'd raise it as a ...
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When to use data driven personas and when to make them up?

I'm studying HCI and the focus for persona creation on my course is resolutely that personas should be derived from user research data. I also attended adaptive path's uxintensive last year and the ...
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Do you use Personas? [closed]

I wonder how many UX designers user Personas to create design.