As an instructional designer who works with software, I frequently create fake users in order to take screenshots and build simulations. Maybe it’s just me, but my creativity when it comes to coming up with fake (but realistic) names is somewhat limited. I’ve found name generators to be very useful and wanted to create my own.
I started out by finding the most common first and last names for men and women in the US and UK. The most popular last names were very easy to find, but the most popular first names were more difficult. In the US, the Social Security Administration did have a list of names for people born in the last 100 years, so it’s somewhat representative of the whole population. However, for UK names, I ended up using a list of the top 100 based on births in 2015. As a result, the British names in the generator are more modern than the American names.
Once I had the names, I was ready to build the code and put it into Storyline. I followed Matthew’s template, modifying it to fill in the First and Last Name text variables I had created. This is what one of the triggers looked like:
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If you’d like to play around with the source file or modify it with names from a different country, download the Storyline 360 source file here.