Having a persona template is good to effectively create new user personas for UX projects. Although using a standard Photoshop file can do the trick, sometimes having a library of user personas can help you manage your overall projects. Here’s a round up of the 3 best tools to build user personas:
Userforge is a simple free tool that generates persona templates easily for you. It starts with a form that has a user picture and name generated. Once you have filled up the personal details, you can add sections such as Quote, Paragraph and Lists. It’s easy to use and I highly recommend it because you get to save as many personas in your account. Userforge is great if you are looking for a tool that keeps user information.
Xtensio is more targeted towards content marketers, and you can use to build user personas such as the one above. Once you have started a new document, a template is ready for you to begin editing. I like using Xtensio because of it’s clean layout and ease of use. It comes with a pricing plan that upgrades your number of folios, exports and revision history.
Smaply is a web application that focuses on Service Design. You can build Customer Journey Maps, Personas, Powerpoint Presentations and Stakeholder Maps. Smaply allows you to create simple Persona templates and gives you a clean template on building your list of Personas and Stakeholders. It comes with a payment plan starting at 25 Euro/month and offers a 14 day free trial if you would like to try out.
Want to know more about building good user personas? Here are my recommended reads:
- Personas by Usability.gov
- The 5 Best Guides for Creating Customer Personas by Spencer Lanoue
- The UX Designer’s 5-Minute Guide To Lean Personas by Jerry Cao
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