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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Should you make your design personas public?

I have used personas a lot in the design of various products, including IBM Sametime and Lotus Notes. I publicly blogged the draft personas and asked for feedback from the users themselves. The users ...
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Does anyone use different levels of personas?

I'm not sure how to best represent different states of users during their time on my site. For example: New to your system: Billy Buyer Sally Surfer Familiar with your system: Billy Buyer ...
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What constitutes an effective Brand/System Persona?

I'm looking at the idea of creating a brand(or system) persona for the application I am working on. After reading the book 'Designing for Emotion'(and the corresponding list apart article) by Aarron ...
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Personas: Do you study current users, potential users, or both?

From my understanding of personas, one of the main purposes is to find out how your users behave and what their mental models of the system might be. I had always thought that, like in usability ...
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How to prioritize target groups for a web site?

When you're starting a corporate web site project and try to decide who your users are and what their goals are the list could be quit long. Whether you like it or not there will be a lot of different ...
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How to recruit user test participants?

Where do you find participants for user tests and interviews for persona building? Is it OK to recruit them via an existing web site for example? How much do you pay them?
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How to build a site targetet to well paid male company managers [closed]

I'm building a global web site that is targeted to well-paid male company managers. In what way should this user profile direct my user interface decisions? For example they will not have much time ...
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Can personas work for enterprise level software with 10+ archetypes?

I am developing a group of personas for a very complex piece of enterprise software. The problem I am having is that there are very distinct types of users, and I can't seem to boil them down to ...
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Are user able to accurately identify their persona? Or should the be able to?

We are currently developing Personas for our website and as part of the validation process we wanted to see if usability participants would be able to identify which persona segment they most closely ...
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How to perform field studies and usability testing when your target group is e-commerce managers and business executives?

If you are working on a project aimed to this type of difficult to reach user and you still want to keep a proper Lean UX approach, how do you face the problem of finding users for gathering insights ...
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Identifying a fair and representative set of users for interviews and persona development

How do you make sure you have a statistically representative and accurate sample of users from a population and what criteria would you base that sample on? I want to make sure that the people we ...
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what question should be asked to make a persona

I am currently designing an interview plan in order to make a persona for our products(an ERP software, already online). So here is the outline of the questions that i want to asked: know your user ...
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How do you source your persona photographs?

Like many of you I'm sure, I consider the creation of user personas to be a crucial part of the UCD process, particularly when starting a new project. While we all have our own techniques and styles ...
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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.