Who are the people in your neighborhood?


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UXDers often rely on personas to build a more complete understanding of the types of users that will interact with the applications they are working on. Writing the stories for those personas used to be hard for me until I started using other stories as inspiration for them.

This is a completely unscientific, highly incomplete look at some of the personality types you find in communities, online and off. Think about how these and other stories might be used as the basis for your persona development.

This was a 5-minute lightning talk for Webstock Mini (http://www.webstock.org.nz/birthday.html) and updated to a 10-minute talk for UX Australia 2009 (http://www.uxaustralia.com.au/conference-2009/10-minute-talks).

Published in: Business, Technology, Spiritual

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

  1. 1. Who are the people Stephen Collins in your neighborhood? acidlabs
  2. 2. I used to hate personas
  3. 3. Then I realised they were just stories
  4. 4. I’m an English Lit major
  5. 5. I’m into movies... http://www.flickr.com/photos/lanuiop/2565966351/
  6. 6. … and comics http://www.flickr.com/photos/roscoe/2598303289/
  7. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/redneck/186228784/ … and science fiction
  8. 8. … and weird stuff on TV
  9. 9. Why not use the stories I love to invent personas?
  10. 10. Let’s have some fun!
  11. 11. WTF?
  12. 12. The leader
  13. 13. The friend
  14. 14. The enthusiast
  15. 15. The odd but nice one
  16. 16. The one-topic guy
  17. 17. The odd couple
  18. 18. The grumbler
  19. 19. The newbie
  20. 20. So... 20
  21. 21. License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ http://www.slideshare.net/trib
  22. 22. Thanks! Stephen “trib” Collins trib@acidlabs.org +61 410 680722 @trib www.acidlabs.org