Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

Practice-based personas: integrated user and practice models

Document Type

Conference Paper

Conference Name

First Impressions and Early Findings from Ongoing Research Research-in-Progress Papers and Poster Presentations from the 10th International Conference, DESRIST 2015.


Institute for Educational Development, East Africa

Conference Location

Dublin, Ireland

Publication ( Name of Journal)

Cork Open Research Archive (CORA)






Practices are routinised behaviours with social and material components and complex relationships over space and time. Practice-based design goes beyond interaction design to consider how these components and their relationships impact on the formation and enactment of a practice, where technology is just one part of the practice. Though situated user-centred design methods such as participatory design are employed for the design of practice, demand exists for additional methods and tools in this area. This paper introduces practice-based personas as an extension of the persona approach popular in interaction design, and demonstrates how a set of practice-based personas was developed for a given domain – academic practice. The three practice-based personas developed here are linked to a catalogue of forty practices, offering designers both a user perspective and a practice perspective when designing for the domain.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.