Archive for the 'Personas' topic

UIE’s Most Popular Resource and Content Tweets: 8/4 – 8/10

Here’s a recap of the resources and information we shared on Twitter last week. Usability Some great usability and user research war stories. This article has some good examples and points to help sell usability testing with execs. Mobile New UI17 speaker podcast: @lukew – Designing Multi-Device User Experiences. Need some help creating cross-platform mobile […]

Whitney Quesenbery – The Characteristics of Effective Personas

It’s impossible to design something if you don’t know who you’re designing for. Developing personas through user research is a great way to create a portrait of your users. But once you have your personas, what do you do with them? That’s a question Whitney Quesenbery says she encounters more and more lately.

UIEtips: Designing with Scenarios – Putting Personas to Work

Storytelling is a natural form of expression. We’ve all been telling stories from a very young age. In the design process, personas become the tool we use to tell our users’ stories. And with good personas in place, usage scenarios can become the micro-stories that drive your design decisions. Kim Goodwin tells us that scenarios […]

UIEtips: Five Factors for Successful Persona Projects

Personas are one of the most controversial tools in the professional UX toolbox. People either swear by them or swear at them. When they work, they are awesome, but when they fail, well, they fail gloriously. For the past few years, we’ve been researching why so many persona projects have such dismal results. We discovered […]

UIE Tips: What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting It

Even the best of plans can go awry. We role play in our head how a usability test will proceed, understand the objectives at hand, and do a rigorous job of screening the participants. But what do you do when something totally unexpected occurs? Life circumstances among the participants can throw a curveball at our […]

When Does A Persona Stop Being A Persona?

Personas are a powerful tool in the UX toolbox. When done well, they rally the team around a small, specific set of archetypal users. Each team member becomes closely familiar with each of the personas, then can create designs that closely match those persona’s needs. In our research on personas, we’ve found this works best […]

The Dog and Hummer Trap

A while back, a client handed me some persona descriptions they’d written for their project. Immediately, I saw several red flags. See, these personas descriptions had something that always put me on alert: they described the character’s car and pet. Now, if we’re building enterprise accounting software, why do we need to know whether Mary […]

Free Access to UI15 Recordings and Materials

Get all of the recordings and slide decks from last year’s User Interface 15 Conference for free. We’re celebrating this year’s User Interface 16 Conference’s fantastic program by giving everyone access to last year’s great show. The recordings and slide decks contain these great topics: Engaging team members in the design process Developing a content […]

UIEtips: 5 Ways To Suck Value Away From Your Persona Projects

I love red velvet cake. I’ve got a great recipe to make it. And I stick with that recipe. I don’t decide to leave out the baking soda (even though I don’t really know what the baking soda does). Nor do I decide to cut the sugar in half (even though I think lots of […]

UIEtips: Designing with Scenarios – Putting Personas to Work

Storytelling is a natural form of expression. We’ve all been telling stories from a very young age. Scenarios are the stories that drive design decisions. They put the design into the context of how and why the user will interact with it. Earlier this year, Kim presented a UIE Virtual Seminar, Designing with Scenarios: Putting […]