Group Name: Unite
- Muquit H. A. Rabbani (mrab6077)
- Patrick Zaldivar (pzal6616)
- Ramkumar Shankar (rsha2256)
Jaago – a tool to inform and empower non-activists.
My partner and I went through different exercises when it came to manipulating the user. The two that stood out for me were using gloves and blindfolds. It’s quite remarkable how much of the affordance of object is informed by our sense of sight and touch. The comb, for example, has two distinct halves. The spacing between the spines of the comb is different in each half. With blindfolds on, it was hard to tell the spacing between the spines of the comb through touch alone. In some cases, it was not even clear what the object was.
And the feedback from the group on Tuesday, and some comments.
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Describe your experience of creating personas from different users’ perspectives gathered in the interview data. Was there enough commonality between the 4 people interviewed to form a coherent persona? Or did it make more sense to create a second different persona?
In our group, we chose the topic “going to the supermarket”. There were broad similarities, but variances too. The former could have come from our general background – all 4 of us were international masters students. So we were generally conscious of prices.
However, there were many differences as well. Some of us went to the supermarket more often than others. Two of us seldom spent more than 30 minutes in a supermarket. One person spent over an hour because he usually goes as in a group of friends. When we plotted these variables, discrete and continuous, we saw clear patterns. Two of us were closer together in our habits, so it made a lot of sense to create our first persona around this.
The other two members were slightly more different, so it made sense to make another person for that.
Do you think your final persona(s) was successful in generating empathy with users? What would you change to make it better?
Yes, it definitely helped. Just the other day, in my interface design class, I was discussing with the instructor that I was usually worried about personas devolving into stereotypes. This exercise, and the preceding lecture, helped me appreciate how personas can be different and useful when done right. I think it’s because we draw from real user stories and quotes. And this is what I’ll focus more on to make it better, because it makes the persona more of a person, and less of a caricature or stereotype.