End User Personas
Note: This page was originally created in the context of Cloud4all's Smart House Online Simulation activity, but it can be useful for other activities as well.
- Omar - Elderly Person – in SUDAN - Omar/ 50-years old / Sudanese farmer / does not use computers / cannot read
- Timothy - Low Vision [Enlarged Text] - Timothy/ 55-years old / businessman / has low vision
- Nisha - Physical Disability - Nisha / 18-years old / student / has quadriplegia / uses headpointing and on-screen keyboard
- Elaine - Elderly person US - Elaine/ 85-years old / grandmother / does not use computers
- Carla (and carla_24751) - Very Low Vision [Magnifier] - Carla/ 30-years old / software developer/ has very low vision
- Andrei - Blind [Screen reader] - Andrei / 28-years old / lawyer / is blind
- Tim - Cognitive, language, and learning disabilities (Touch and read, read and highlight - different low contrast colors ??????) - Tim/ 12-years old / student / has a learning disability
- Chun - Deaf/HoH [Captions/Transcript] - Chun/ 19-years old / university freshman / is deaf since age 4
The following AEGIS personas (see below) also have a preference set on the GPII Preferences Server:
Personas created in the Prosperity4all project: Developer Space Repository/Personas.
Personas from other projects
- Personas from the AEGIS project: based on user research and available on a Creative Commons licence.
- Personas of Persons with Disabilities: from the Curb Cut blog (11 December 2007)
- Example Personas from Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design (book by Shawn Lawton Henry, 2007)
Note: Some of the AEGIS personas are quite similar to some of the GPII personas; see this e-mail from April 2012.
Personas and Impairments or Needs
|Source; Impairments or Needs||Blind||Colour vision deficiency||Needing magnification||Other vision issues||Deaf||Slight/moderate hearing loss||Slight dexterity problems||Moderate dexterity problems||Severe motor problems||Slight cognitive limitation||Moderate/severe cognitive limitation||Aphasia||Stuttering and dysarthria||ADHD||Does not use computers||Cannot read|
| GPII Persona
|| Timothy (low vision); Carla (very low vision)
|| Nisha (headpointing and on-screen keyboard)
||Elaine (85 years)||Omar (Sudanese farmer)|
|AEGIS Persona||Paulina Reyes||Nitesh Sarin||Märta Hansson||Tomasa Almaraz||Edward Hodgins/Emma Karlson||Ramin El-Fassi||Caroline Combs/Peter Vandezande||Jane Brown/Mikel Vargas||Adam Ljung/Peter Vandezande||Wayne Edwards||Carlos Portillo/Wayne Edwards||Emma Karlson/Jane Brown|
|ACCESSIBLE Persona||Kathleen de Munck (also has extreme light sensitivity)||Maurice Nalobaka (night blindness); David Burt (peripheral vision loss)||Magda Paskimada||Magda Paskimada (also uses AAC)||(Matthew Perkins: Down syndrome)||Andy Catteeuw|
|Fluid Project||Sarah Windsor||Christy Gonzola (very low vision; also uses TTS and keyboard)|
|Just Ask||Roger Thompson (also has slight tremor in right hand)||Kim Callahan (student; Alport Syndrome)|
|Jasig wiki||Brent Blindman||Clark Colorblind (protanopia)||Melissa Motorimpaired (also uses voice recognition software)|
|project y|| |
Other personas not included in the table:
From the ACCESSIBLE project:
- John Howard Jones: Parkinson's disease, affecting short term memory, speech (hypophonia) and mobility (rigidity and joint stiffness); he uses large keypads and voice recognition.
- Nikolaos Souflakos (had severe car accident): expressive aphasia, blurred vision.
- Ellen Kell: blind and partially deaf since the age of 12.
- Peter Brown: Asperger syndrome.
- Charles Lewis: chronic motor and vocal tics, Tourette syndrome.
Personas for AAL:
Personas for inclusive design:
- Inclusive design toolkit (created by the i~design 2 project): Example set of personas: these personas represent a family of four generations (no persons with disabilities).
- Harold from Anne Gibson's article "Reframing Accessibility for the Web", A List Apart, 3 February 2015.
- colord (color daemon): Typical user profiles (color daemon is a Linux toolkit for colour management).
- Designing With People | Putting people at the heart of the design process by the the i-design project.
- Kevin Rydberg: "Putting a Face on Accessibility", April 29, 2013. (Describes a blind persona named Keith.)
- Designing With People | Putting people at the heart of the design process: web-based resource created by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the Royal College of Art to share ways to design with people.
- Sarah Horton: "The Value of Involving People with Disabilities in User Research", UserTesting.com, 4 March 2014.
- Shawn Henry: Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design (and print version of the book).