November 26th, 2007
A while back I wrote a piece about personas where I talked it about why it’s a bad idea to base your personas on a single real individual. Using a real person as a substitute persona might seem like a good idea since you know that everything about that user is for real. The problem, though, is that one individual comes with quirks that may not be representative of the market as a whole. If you interview enough people, you can eliminate their biographical peculiarities by focusing your personas on the characteristics common to the group.