Alex Davey is a graduate from our Summer 2015 Bootcamp. After finishing our nine-week immersive program, she focused on building a pet project she’d had in mind for months; a Hipster Baby Name Generator. Since launching it in mid-September, it’s been viewed over 30,000 times and has received international coverage. Read on to find out how she came up with the idea and built such a popular app.
So I did.
Yes, there are numerous hipster name generators already out there and no, I am not creating anything groundbreaking. But I wanted something that was more for hipsters than poking fun of the “extreme baby naming” celebrity culture (ex. Pabst Blue Ribbon Fixie Smith). I wanted to create something that could be funny, strangely inspiring and just a little bit helpful.
I started by collecting baby names that would populate the Generator. It was important that I (excuse the hipsterness) actually curate these names. I chose names that I would consider naming my own future children (or my future non-human canine children). It was important to have a solid selection of both male and female names. I created the non-conformist option because it was always important for me to be inclusive; I want everyone to enjoy this app.
The research was pretty easy – there are loads of baby name sites out there. I also went beyond those more expected names and looked names of fruits and vegetables, plants, trees, and gemstones. From there, I would log my favourites in lists that would later become very important variables. For example, I have always loved “grandmother” names. I grew up attending a church where old ladies outnumbered young families and I was enamoured at names that were so different from my own generation. In an era of too many Ashleys & Jennifers, there was a need to revive the Maudes & Agneses of days bygone.
I launched the app on Wednesday, September 16th and in under a week it had reached over 30,000 views! It received coverage from Design Taxi, Trend Hunter, and Paste Magazine. I saw tweets coming in from France, Germany, and San Francisco!
Seeing those results was great and made me feel like I am not alone in my obsession with these names. I was really excited to see my friends and colleagues use it, let alone the world. I am so excited to continue sharing my weird obsessions with the world in the form of design and development.
Like many of our bootcamp grads, Alex got her start in our part-time Web Development classes. Our next session begins November 9th. Learn more here.