Apologies for not posting again last week - I had a few applications to various things due and it was quite hectic. I'll try to post once a day this week, as there has been enough work done in the last week to warrant it. Today, I'll talk about personas - a useful analytical tool that designers use to keep the needs of the people that they're designing for in mind. These are abstracted characters that pull very specific details from real people and real experiences - they aren't real people but are more like an amalgamation of real people. For an exercise yesterday in class, we were asked to identify users [who we're designing for], experts, career helpers, and people that we want to make proud and rank them in order of importance in our thesis. I identified the three most important stakeholders for my thesis as people with spinal cord injuries, medical suppliers and doctors. If you remember back to my early posts about the thesis, one of my goals for the thesis is to make something real, something mass-marketable that will actually help people with spinal cord injuries arrive at that place of quiet determinism, of agency. My choice of key stakeholders follows directly from that. Today, I discuss what I'll need to do in order to develop personas for these stakeholders.