Wrapping up season one: Tips for the naming process
Today’s episode marks the end of season one, but certainly not the end of this podcast. Plans for season two are already underway, and I’m very excited about some of the guests who’ve already signed on. But I won’t be ready to release those episodes for a little while, so…to make sure you’re the first to know when they’re available, please make sure you’ve signed up for the newsletter. And between now and season two, we’ll still be posting new articles and information on the website. You can follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to make sure your seeing the latest content.
I’ve organized this season-one wrap-up episode loosely around the naming process: the naming brief, name generation (as well as a few tips on what to do if you get stuck), shortlisting, prescreening, and presenting names. For each step, I’ll call out some comments I found especially interesting or informative from interviews with nine naming experts:
- Anthony Shore of Operative Words
- Shannon DeJong of House of Who
- Clive Chafer of Namebrand
- Steven Price of Tessera Trademark Screening
- Amanda Peterson, formerly of Google (now at Milwaukee Art Museum)
- Jonathan Bell of WANT
- Laurel Sutton of Sutton Strategy (formerly of Catchword)
- Scott Milano of Tanj
- Eli Altman of A Hundred Monkeys
I had to leave tons of insights and tips the digital cutting room floor, so be sure to go back and listen to each episode or read through the transcripts. While you’re on the site, take a look at a blog post called Useful List: Online/software resources used by professional namers. Whenever a namer mentioned a website or some software they use during these interviews, I tried to collect it in a sortable table in that post—so hopefully that’s a good resource for you, and I’ll keep adding to it as I learn about more tools and resources.
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