What is a Persona?
A Persona is a fictional depiction of what typical or extreme user is like. It aggregates and maps user behaviour patterns of actual users into archetypal profiles, allowing focused study on the user.
Personas make key characteristics of user types explicit and aids in bringing a human touch to user research.
This video gives you a walk-through on how to create a Persona, through a worked example of a Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge.
Here are examples of Personas
Personas Make Users Memorable for Product Team Members. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nngroup.com/articles/persona/
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Teo, K., Wee, Y., Swee, A., Altybayeva, A., Gopal, M., Kamiso, N., Foo, D., Lauff, C., Wood, K.L., “Design Innovation (DI) Learning Modules,” SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC), SUTD, Singapore, idc.sutd.edu.sg, 2018.
Smaply: An web-based tool that can be used to create Personas