1.  Describe your experience of creating a single persona from different users’ perspectives gathered in the interview data. Was there enough commonality between the 4 people interviewed to form a coherent persona? Or would it have made more sense to create a second different persona?

It was a very interesting experience to create the personas. I enjoyed the process of the interviews and discussion (making me feel I am actually an UI/UX designer even though I am still learning :D) I learn to consider what the users will be (how his/her habit is, what would make he/ her frustrated…) through our interview data. I believe this kinda exercise is very essential for creating a good-user-experience design because it enables designers to take a look of their users’ lifestyle.
I think 4 people is the least number in terms of creating a single persona. Because you need to keep your reasons (for doing a particular thing) variety up and find the similar pattern in the interview data simultaneously, it would be tricky if the interviewees are less than 4. Take our group for example, all of our team members are in the age range 22-28 and come from asian countries. Most of us have the similar pattern when it comes to shopping so we need to try to come up with many topics to avoid our interviews look alike. Thus, I reckon it would be harder to create the second different persona than the first persona if we just have four of us.

2. Do you think your final persona was successful in generating empathy with users? What would you change to make it better?

For me, the final persona is “adequate” to generate empathy with users but not “successful”. If there are more people in our group as well as people are from all different background would be better. But if under the condition that we cannot include more people into our team, I think I would make as more topics in our questionnaire as possible.