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Wednesday, April 3 • 12:15pm - 1:10pm
Lunch & Learn: Agile Behavior-Based Personas for Better Designs

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Great design begins with deep understanding of and empathy for people’s lived experiences. It requires an ability to put yourself in the shoes of the people who will interact with the solutions you create.
People are complex — and unpredictable. They may demonstrate a specific set of personality traits that drive their behavior. But their behavior is also shaped by external stressors and situations.
Designers have long used personas to construct “user profiles” to inform their work. However, we’ve observed a few problems with the way personas are created. In some cases, the process is a time, labor, and resource-intensive endeavor. In others, it’s a quick, off-the-cuff jam session that results in stereotyped caricatures based on designers’ personal beliefs, biases, and assumptions. And both of these approaches can lead to static personas that aren’t flexible enough to be used for future design work.

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Priyama Barua

Experience Strategy Director, Mad*Pow
Priyama came to Mad*Pow after obtaining her masters in Design Management from the University of Bridgeport, and her undergrad in Mumbai, India. As if that’s not enough, she even founded her own company, Matchstix, in India which provided research and strategy work to clients.Priyama... Read More →
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Dana Ortegon

Senior Content Strategist, Mad*Pow
Dana Ortegón is a Senior Content Strategist at Mad*Pow. Plain language/readability and health & financial literacy are Dana’s not-so-secret passions. She also loves helping clients figure out the what’s, why’s, when’s, and how’s that ensure the best possible content experience... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm EDT
Room 2 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA, USA