When it comes to the brand naming process, we usually only see the final result: the new name. At that point, it’s easy to pick out flaws. The name might be hard to pronounce, offensive, or too similar to a competitor’s brand. But what about mistakes along the way? The “bad” brand names we encounter […]
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 […]
We’ve identified six common mistakes made in naming, as well as pointers for avoiding them.
How to write a naming brief; a list of what to include