Designers work hard to make sure that their designs achieve the goals of a project. They take the seed of an idea, start molding it and shaping it along. They push, pull, add, remove, simplify while struggling through their process. They research, ask for feedback, iterate and keep improving their designs. The day finally arrives when the seed of the idea turns into a well thought out design.
Everything is perfect, or so it seems.
If we look closely we can see that the names that are being used in the designs fit nicely but they do not account for diverse names from around the world. The designer hasn't accounted for diverse, multi-syllable names from around the world. This oversight can have unintended effects which could even slip by during the testing phase. So it is better to address this early in the design process.
Another benefit of using diverse names is that it helps us realize that our users are from all over the world and don't just have Anglo-American sounding names. As we share our designs with our teams and clients we can help them understand also that we are serving a global audience which can be easily overlooked. Designing with a diverse set of names will help make sure our designs can handle real world usage and help us empathize with the users we are designing for.
So stop designing perfect mockups and instead make them adaptable and inclusive.
Ready to make your designs more awesome? Learn how to use a more diverse list of names within Sketch and Photoshop.