Every month or two, I publish a newsletter with branding news, updates on the podcast, featured blog posts, and branding tips and tools. If you’re not already getting the newsletter, sign up here. The most recent newsletter featured the six stories below. Target has launched a new private label brand named “Everspring” for “clean and natural,” sustainable […]
An abstract brand name is a brand name with no apparent connection to the underlying brand.
We’re just weeks away from the official beginning of Atlantic storm season. Along with tropical storms and hurricanes, we can expect a handful of the perennial articles about how storms are named. You probably already know the basics: Hurricanes are named with alternating male and female names, organized alphabetically and starting over each calendar year. […]
At Catchword, if we had a nickel for every client who expressed concern about “bad” meanings associated with proposed brand names…well, we’d have a ton of nickels. Keeping an eye out for potential hiccups when creating new brand names is not only natural—it’s critical. But it’s also important to know the difference between edgy-but-viable name […]
Search online for “what makes a great brand name” and you’ll find plenty of strong opinions. We’ve compiled and organized a list based on articles, agency blog posts, naming guides, and even books about naming. We’ll update this periodically, if new items or sources are found.
A descriptive brand name is a brand name that clearly describes what it refers to (e.g., a feature, product, service, or organization).
I worked on my first naming assignment about 15 years ago at Interbrand San Francisco. I liked it so much that after leaving Interbrand, I decided to start moonlighting as a freelance namer for agencies all over the world. I’ve since lived and worked in Asia, eventually returning to Interbrand San Francisco as director of […]
Back in July, I wrote a post about what to include in a naming brief based on my own experience as a professional namer, interviews with other namers (including Amanda Peterson, Clive Chafer, and Jonathan Bell), and other available resources, like a blog post by well-known naming expert, Nancy Friedman (AKA Fritinancy). As a follow-up to that post, I’m excited […]
In my experience, brand consultants are a contrarian lot. We agree on very little, right down to the best definition of “brand.” The high-level naming process, however, may be a rare point of consensus: create a brief, generate ideas (often hundreds), shortlist, prescreen, and present. If necessary, repeat. But as any home chef will tell […]
Trademarks are a consumer protection mechanism, ensuring that customers don’t mistakenly acquire an item because it bore a confusingly similar mark to another product. This is a twist on the other IP forms, which benefit the items’ creators.
Midterms are fast approaching, and all the candidates have at least one thing in common: they have names, many you haven’t seen before. Can the branch of linguistics that deals with names, onomastics, help us predict election results? That is, do some candidates have advantages simply because of their name? Election research in California, North Dakota, Ohio, […]