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From Persona to Techsona

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n this paper we introduce the notion of techsona, as a possible counterpart design instrument to personas. We use a case study to illustrate a design process where techsonas help pinpoint technological ideas and alternatives and analyze these systematically. While a persona captures “imagine a user…”, a scenario “imagine a situation…” the techsona gives the missing piece of “imagine a technology…” We show how a recently developed activity theoretical model can serve both as a framing for techsonas and as an analytical interface between personas and techsonas. The paper discusses the potentials and problems of the techsona and concludes that the techsona truly helps with a missing piece in persona and scenario-based design
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013 : 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part IV
EditorsPaula Kotzé, Gary Marsden , Gitte Lindgaard, Janet Wesson, Marco Winckler
Number of pages8
PublisherSpringer VS
Publication year2013
ISBN (print)978-3-642-40497-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-40498-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Cape Town International Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 Sept 20136 Sept 2013
Conference number: 14


Conference IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
LocationCape Town International Conference Centre
LandSouth Africa
ByCape Town
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science

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