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When designing anything to accomodate names”such as a business card, an address book, or a project management app”don’t forget about Wolfgang Wienerschnitzelhaus.


Because he’s a got really really long name.

And he won’t be the only one.

So while everyone else cozies up to the boring John Does of this world, make sure you’re best friends with the intriguingly complicated, Wolfgang Wienerschnitzelhaus

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  • Luciano

    gravatarMay 15, 2008
    6:40 am

    really a long name… on a businness card you can reduce fonts but in this case you must provide glasses to everyone… a smile

  • Gates VP

    gravatarMay 15, 2008
    8:10 am

    Point well made. From a computer standpoint, I tend to use my name for testing and design work:

    Gaëtan Voyer-Perrault

    Both parts of the name legitimately includes a special character (that’s left alt+137 on the num pad). Though I do only have 15 characters instead of 19 in that last name. Those special characters are often forgotten during testing and it’s pretty appalling how often my name appears as: Ga%$tan or Gatan or something silly I’ve also had to submit Voyer Perrault (no dash) b/c certain sites don’t accept the dash. Of course, the dash is on my credit card, so you can see how this might cause issues :)

  • JanB

    gravatarMay 15, 2008
    9:01 am

    As being a German this really confused me when I saw the title of the post and thought I should know this guy :O The last name is equivalent to the english “Steakhouse” but Wiener Schnitzel instead of a steak ;) I wonder how you made this name up!?

  • Chanpory Rith

    gravatarMay 15, 2008
    10:08 am

    JanB, I have an affinity for the German language, and also Wiener Schnitzel! So that’s how the name came to be. ;-)

    I went to Germany last year, and now I miss eating Wiener Schnitzel. There’s actually a few places here in San Francisco where you can get it, but it’s not the same.

  • JanB

    gravatarMay 18, 2008
    8:16 am

    Interesting story, thanks for letting me know ;) Try “Jägerschnitzel” next time, I like it even more :)

  • Jay

    gravatarMay 22, 2008
    8:57 pm

    Wolfgang must have hated filling out those letter bubbles for his name on standardized tests in school.