People: Behavior

Scenes Components People
Lens: Type: Behavior
People: Behavior:

Ways people move and act.

Human behavior can vary widely, even in social settings where there are some pretty straightforward “rules.” When designers research people for design, they discover people’s habits. They can also identify people’s physical limitations brought about by injury or age. Even something as mundane as “doing a puzzle” can have many behavioral layers.

People: Self and Relational

People-specific characteristic aspects.

People: Self

Self Characteristics

Age Sex Race Gender Identity Size: People Condition

Self Behavior

Habits Movements
People: Relational

Relational Characteristics

Sexual Orientation Relationships Social Class Knowledge

Relational Behavior


Researching People: Behavior

  • Emotional outbursts
  • Body language that suggests frustration
  • The steps people go through when completing an activity

Look for These When Researching People: Behavior

  • Doing a puzzle at a table with small children
  • Asking a question in a classroom by raising a hand
  • Squinting to read a menu in a dimply-lit restaurant
  • Slamming a smartphone to the ground in frustration
  • Driving over a road cone in a parking lot
  • Unconscious from lack of oxygen (good gosh, please help this person)

People: Behavior Examples

  • In what ways are people behaving?
  • What effects do external factors have upon behaviors?
  • What is prompting people to behave this way?


References and sources that support the inclusion of this Aspects of Experiences for Design component.