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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…

Names so bad they’re good

What’s the difference between good names and bad names? A lot less than you think. Ever since I wrote the first edition of Don’t Call It That, a question I always get asked is “What is the worst name you’ve ever seen?” I deserve this. If I wanted to talk about great names all the…

Should You Really Spend $1.5 Million On A Domain?

“Why did I spend 7+ years, hire 3 brokers, and send over 200 emails to buy the 82nd most expensive domain in history,” asks Noah Kagan at the start of his recent podcast. Titled “What I Learned Spending $1.5 Million on,” the podcast goes into the details of Kagan’s huge purchase. The marketing personality…

Does Your Name Pass the Autocorrect Test?

Let’s say you picked up your friend’s tab at the bar last night because he was short on cash. Like a lot of Snake Peo Millennials, you both use Venmo, so you decide to send him a text asking him nicely to pay up. Then you hit send, but just before your message travels through the…