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really struggling for a name

Discussion in 'General Business Forum:' started by tim, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. tim

    tim Senior Member

    remember me talking about a name for my new company?

    well, i've been thiking ever since then, and i have no idea which one to pick. i've had some decent ideas and then lost them because either the domain was taken or it was actually shite. :p

    how did you guys come up with a name, first off? i've been around the UK recently so it's not like i dont have any inspiration coming my way, but i just can't find anything that sounds good and isnt taken!

    second, anyone wanna give me some pointers? like links of choosing "the most appropriate name for your business" etc?

  2. Aarlev

    Aarlev Member

    Ok I'm just gonna write whatever pops into my head. :)

    Ginger Beer Creative

    Filter Five

    Tipi Creative



    Baseline Creative


    I think Berry wrote a blog post once that told the story of how they came up with Armadillo and I think they just wrote down as many names as possible and picked the best.
  3. tim

    tim Senior Member

    oooh good idea then.

    thanks for that list aarlev, that's thinking outside of the box for ya :D
  4. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Same, just put a load of names down, narrowed down, went looking for domain name, found I couldn't use it, started over and ended up with my business name (Image Resolutions) which I now realise has a duality about it - image resolutions as in print etc and also the 3D aspect of resolving a model into an image so I was quite surprised on that after I realised :)

    Pinch is already quite well established in the UK Soren

    As to Tim, the only one I thought of off the top of my head was TP Design and that was taken, even had an idea for the logo :(
  5. tim

    tim Senior Member

    yeh this is my problem Levi. i'd come up with a great idea for a logo etc, get excited about it, and find the domain was taken.

    am still searching for a pun of some kind or just something short and memorable, but every fail possible is appearing.
  6. Anon.

    Anon. Senior Member

    how about Teepee Design, just make it clear on your website you don't design tents... :D
  7. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    I just thought after looking at your current site

    how about tmp design or just tmp, both domains are readily available in the UK and I can see a really nice flowing design for the logo :)

    I'll send the bill in later :p

    Anon, tepee (correct spelling) is already in the UK so that might cause a few issues
  8. Anon.

    Anon. Senior Member

    ah, whoops! :eek:
  9. tim

    tim Senior Member

    just to let you guys know, it's a joint business, with one of my designer friends from my area, so it can't reall be TP or TMP or similar, im not freelancing technically anymore.
  10. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    ok how about
    couples design service :p
    duplex designs
    Not freelancing anymore design incorporated, obviously shortened to NFADI :D
  11. tim

    tim Senior Member

    lol :p

    i think i'll pass on the last one, just because... it doesn't say "design" to me :p
  12. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Yeah or Toilet Paper :p
  13. tim

    tim Senior Member

    lol :p
  14. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    I like Sorens start.

    I'll continue.









    Ooh la.

    Mmmm, toast.









  15. tim

    tim Senior Member

    thanks guys for the words. they actually are helping.
  16. this is exactly how Widdlers Wee was born :D i'll try to help:








    Toast (Damn you Fred... now I want some Toast :D mmmmmm)
  17. berry

    berry Active Member

    I did this conversation before somewhere. Don't get hung up on a name that tries to describe your business or you'll end up with the' Cute & Curly Hairdressers' or 'Fringe Benefit Hairdresser ' syndrome.
    Think Apple, Orange, Shell, Exxon, Nike, Puma relationship at all to the product. Brand is not a logo it's what a company represents.

    Pick up a Thesaurus and just do 40 or so random blinds stabs, You may be surprised what comes up. Armadillo was picked from the index pages of a cookery book in my kitchen. We could have been Tomato or Red Snapper
  18. really Berry? I would've thought it was semi tactical to call yourselves Armadillo.. so you are first in the Yellow Pages listings etc (due to it being alphabetical :))
  19. berry

    berry Active Member

    I never actually put that into the equation as I've never got any business in 30 odd years thru a Yellow Pages listingYellow Pages. I prefer going for a phonetic ring to a name. 2/4 syllables it makes for a 'happy' tuneful name recall. Geordies like singing, ringing phonetics of up and down, Brummies and Scousers too.
  20. tim

    tim Senior Member

    haha thaks for the tip off berry. you're 100% right (as usual, dammit).

    good to hear where yours came from though, it's ra'r interestin

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