Re: [IxDA] Depicting Your Personas

25 Sep 2010 - 11:22am
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Richard Carson
2010

Though I love the fun family orientated use of the Simpsons, in certain industries, this use of character would be appalling when using it to present a type of persona due to a lack of needed sophistication or contrasting of the company's brand, say the client were to be Vogue. I do think an illustration that sat closer to realism would be more effective as a starting point in depicting a persona visually.

Architects and environmental designers often use silhouettes which are very typical and avoids possible stereotyping. The reason for avoiding such issues in the first place is that stereotypes do not let us see the real person beneath, however silhouette usage poses the same issues if used as a mugshot. However if you are depicting your persona's behavior within a physical environment, then its use would be perfect. Say illustrating users of a doorknob and how they approach it.

Richard Carson

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25 Sep 2010 - 7:04pm
Byron Stewart
2008

Hi Richard,

What do you think of  the use of acting methodology and improvisation to engage in the design process as well as communicate and collaborate around design possibilities?  We've been exploring the use of Embodied Dramatic Personas.

Please find a link to an article about our work with dramatic personas here

 http://projectbodystorming.blogspot.com/2010/08/ddd-got-review-from-critical-mass.html

I think you'll also enjoy the pic used and reference made in the article.

Thanks

Byron

 

 

27 Sep 2010 - 4:05pm
Richard Carson
2010

Hi Byron,

The phrase, "to catch a criminal, you must think like one" comes to mind. The term acting on a whole is somewhat misleading to me when considering its use in design, as I begin thinking of my favorite movie characters, whose purpose is to entertain an audience, how could acting out a character in a script help me focus on the users I am trying to design for? However I can see how method acting techniques, which simulate thoughts and emotions of characters, could be just as well applied in digging deeper into the thoughts and emotions of our personas.

Overall, In my opinion, I think acting would be a huge plus when talking about communicating our ideas to others and look forward in learning more about this topic in the future.

Richard

On Sep 25, 2010, at 8:10 PM, Byron Stewart wrote:

> Hi Richard, > > What do you think of the use of acting methodology and improvisation to engage in the design process as well as communicate and collaborate around design possibilities? We've been exploring the use of Embodied Dramatic Personas. > > Please find a link to an article about our work with dramatic personas here > > http://projectbodystorming.blogspot.com/2010/08/ddd-got-review-from-critical-mass.html [1] > > I think you'll also enjoy the pic used and reference made in the article. > > Thanks > > Byron > >
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