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Mary Joe Brand

These are confusing times for cannabis branding. Where is it coming from? Where is it going? What does it look and sound like? We wanted to learn a bit more about what exactly is going on in this space so we reached out to the owners of Mary Joe, a CBD-infused cold brew coffee company…

Some of your associations with names are ridiculous

  • About: Naming

We all have personal associations with names, so which ones really matter? Words take us to weird places What comes to mind when you hear the word “heatwave”? You might think of slow radiating waves of energy rolling across an electric blue sky, those lasers that come out of the Flash’s eyes, a microwave, The…

Human Interest

The Problem: Hard to take the name seriously What do you do exactly? When Captain401 first started, the vision behind the name and the brand was a guiding force that steered employers through the muddy waters of 401(k)s. However, this story wasn’t as easy for their audience to grab a hold of. Reactions from new…

Someone Will Pronounce Your Name Wrong. And that’s fine.

  • About: Naming

Seriously. Mispronunciation of your name isn’t the worst thing that could happen to your company, it’s not even close. Like most people, you’re probably thinking about your brand or product as some singular, perfect project – and that makes sense, you’ve been working on it for years. No matter the amount of effort you’ve put…

Oops, it’s perfect

Brands are just like humans. Because we, as humans, have not evolved mental structures for dealing with brands in any other way. Brands communicate to you constantly, the same way other animals communicate to you, chiefly other humans. So we use that same part of the brain and those same mental tools we use for…

Run Studio Run featured in Grain Edit

  • About: Naming

Eli’s latest book Run Studio Run has been featured in Grain Edit, the modern graphic design inspiration blog.

Run Studio Run

  • About: Naming

Creative people are not business people, huh? Creative Director, Eli Altman says otherwise in his new book, Run Studio Run.

The Burning Ears 2017

  • About: Naming

If you arrived at this page you probably already know that we think about names a lot. We can’t help it. We’re passionate about naming. So it’s no wonder that when we come across “curious” or “odd” names in the wild we can’t help but take note. It was only a matter of time before…

The Guardians of Naming

Creative Director, Eli Altman sheds some light on how to create a stand-out business name with The Guardian.

Scaredy (under)pants

Fruit of the Loom can come up with cool names, they’re just afraid to use them. There’s a Fruit of the Loom ad that’s showing up on ESPN in which they’re promoting their new breathable underwear. Since these new underwear are “perfect,” they “need a name just as perfect.” Then, the witty and creative Fruit…