Persona Design

Nine Things People Get Wrong About Personas

Without further ado, here are nine things that people often get wrong about personas (based on our experience): Personas are not based on real data. WRONG! This misconception stems from the era when personas were predominantly created based on interviews. The thing is, interviews are also real data. But, nonetheless, the argument was that since …

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How to Create Personas: Steps Using the Qualitative, Quantitative, or Mixed Method Approach

Personas have broad applicability for digital innovation, giving their applicability for human centered user, customer, and audience understanding in activities such as product development, design, testing, content creation, and marketing. It is important that a persona is fictional (not an actual individual) yet realistic (based on real data from actual users). The persona technique has …

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Elements of a Persona Profile

Persona and Persona Profile A persona is a humanized representation of a user segment, audience segment, or customer segment. The persona is presented in a persona profile. A persona profile is the actual representation of the persona. So, a persona is a conceptualize. The person profile is the physical manifestation of that concept. The persona …

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Data-Driven Persona Book: 3 Appendices for Making Personas Actionable

We are putting the finished touches on our book, Data-Driven Personas by Bernard J. Jansen, Joni O. Salminen, Soon-Gyo Jung, and Kathleen Guan, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and University College London. Morgan & Claypool Publishers. The book is comprised of 12 chapters (10 content chapters, plus an introduction and conclusion chapter) divided into 6 …

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Artificial and Real Images

How suitable are artificially generated facial pictures in data-driven personas?

In a previous post, we analyzed the demographic Bias in Artificially Generated Facial Pictures that raised a concern that the generated images might not fairly represent all demographic groups. In this post, we discuss if these artificially generated pictures are good enough for use in personas profiles for real-world systems and applications,  which are highly …

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