Re: Help with fake names issue

Subject: Re: Help with fake names issue
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: Cindy Daoust <cynthiadaoust -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:29:09 -0700

Hey Cindy,

Your client needs to lighten up. Apart from that, here is some
justification you can use for actual people names: It makes the characters
and situations more realistic.

Rather than grabbing names out of thin air, why not think of the attitudes
or circumstances the person is in at that moment? At work we talk about
some of our personas as being "frustrated", "contented", "efficient",
"newcomer", etc. So when describing a high-intensity transaction between
the frustrated user, we refer to him as "Fred Frustrated". Likewise the
contented user, in a more easygoing transaction, would be "Cindy Contented".

The alliteration is a mnemonic, and the attitude is a characteristic of the
interaction. Realistic names help to build attachment to the idea.

Hope this helps.

-Tony

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References:
Help with fake names issue: From: Cindy Daoust
RE: Help with fake names issue: From: Fred Ridder
Re: Help with fake names issue: From: Cindy Daoust
Re: Help with fake names issue: From: Julie Stickler
Re: Help with fake names issue: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Help with fake names issue: From: Rick Stone
Re: Help with fake names issue: From: kafkascampi

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