Juan Espinoza: Class 5 Full-Roaming Vapor

As Halloween approaches, and the veil between worlds grows wan, threadbare, and permeable, Cooper realizes that we can serve the spirit, spook, and creature population better if we understand them from a Goal-Directed perspective. In service of this we present a short series of Halloween personas. Today’s persona is Juan Espinoza.

Background:

Juan was a senior conductor for the Next Stage Railway in 1889, when a demonic cow on the track derailed the train, killing all aboard and decapitating him in the wreckage.

How we can help Juan:

  • Use mechanical controls to match his 19th-century mental model and skill set.
  • Make things accessible so they are easy to detect and operate without eyes, ears, or the ability to make physical contact with objects.
  • Support multiple languages.



Next persona Alexi Devers: Lycanthrope
Spectral investigator: Chris Noessel

5 Comments

Tristan Kromer
This persona resembles a Scooby Doo villain.
Matthew Winick
Poor Mr. Espinoza lost his head. Why are ghosts always from the 1800's? Something about that time period just produced more wondering souls than any other.
Chris Noessel
If I understand correctly, after Gilbert Ryle coined the phrase "ghost in the machine" freshly-minted ghosts were able to find alternate employment. The early-80s album the The Police didn't help things. :P
Interaction Design for Monsters | Cooper Journal
[...] Juan wasn’t a useful person in and of himself, but his users exercised flash mob requirements of real-time activation and coordination. Are there flash mob lessons to learn? [...]
JuanSpotters | Cooper Journal
[...] Psychic sensitivity, resistance to fear-based paralysis, iPhone 4 & 5 Description Real life ghost Juan Espinoza roams the lonely train tracks of Bexar county on full-moon nights, searching for his lost head. [...]

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