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  • Freelance Designer Name Help

    Hey guys,

    I'm a freelance designer from the good old north, and by that I of course mean Canada. I'm just finishing my third year of university, and am looking for work while trying to get my foot in the door to get some more freelance work.
    I'm currently debating what name I should use for my design services.

    Right now it's between

    Carson Shold Design (it's true and tested, but maybe a little plain)


    designed by carson (a little more impersonal, which could work as I'm not targeting large firms just yet)

    I'd love to hear your thoughts, and even some suggestions if you have any. Check out my portfolio to get a sense of what kind of work I do, the link is in my signature, and feel free to look me up on Facebook and Twitter.

    Thanks in advance,

    Carson Shold

  • #2
    Designed by __________ is way over used.


    • #3
      Keep a notepad handy in your pocket and for the next two weeks pay extra close attention to what phrases or words really stick in your head when you read/hear them. Once you set your brain the text of coming up with something like this, it's best to put the processor in 'background mode' and wait and see as it can be really tricky trying to 'force' this stuff out.

      After a while you will develop a new mental skill of 'listening to your inner listener' -- it's a very subtle, but very valuable skill to cultivate as much as you can.

      (Eg? This morning I picked up 'Fetal Position' from this forum. What a potentially powerful combination of just two words. Into my notebook it went! [actually, my Nintendo DS notebook, that's another story])


      • #4
        I'd love a designer to have a name which didn't involve the following:-
        create, design/s/ed, studio/s.
        BUT which wasn't so totally out there you had no idea what it was about- 'curious echo'. If I could come up with such a name, I would have it for me.
        It's a tough one though, because you want to be able to say what you do...Broacher has good ideas.


        • #5
          Sometimes a single word -- and I agree that too many people approach naming with the wrong approach. Literal and descriptive? No. Evocative and engaging? Yes. In fact, I would strongly resist in using the word 'design' in the name at all. Let's face it-- it's because primarily, it's now just another branding term. Now when manufacturers run out of descriptive names for new models they just tack on 'designer' to it, and they're done (after paying lots of bucks to big branding firms first, of course).

          Would you rather use a 'Blackberry' or a 'Blueberry'? It took a couple of years and many millions of dollars for the naming professionals to resolve a question like that.

          Now some random freebies from my lists:


          Casual Sects


          Own Devices

          Square Roots

          Between Breaths

          There There There

          Dead Moose on Table



          Attention Shoppers [happens to be the name of the quartet I'm in now]

          All Those In Favour


          Thumb Rules

          Cromulent Works


          Calm Clam Studios


          Beauty in a Wicked World

          The Left-Right Center

          Holy Mola [as in the giant ocean sunfish]

          Involuntary Shudder

          Not Pretty {for personal reasons, I really like that one for a design company name!}


          Concentrated Ambience

          Gradient Shift

          Shakin' it Twice


          Cognitive Bias


          Ninety-Nine Bottles


          Big Dork Studios


          Stop Learning

          Nuked Coffee


          • #6
            great comments guys. i was kind of hoping to somehow incorporate my name as i'm just starting out, but now that i think about it getting a brand recognized is just as good, if not better, than a name. unfortunately "carsonified" is already taken, which i recommend you guys check out.

            Not Pretty - fantastic name Broacher! I may have to use that idea when coming up with something to call my self!

            Thanks again


            • #7
              Originally posted by Broacher View Post
              Now some random freebies from my lists:

              Oh wow, I hear they have a website where you could win like $50 for some of those, Broacher!
              "The 20th Century is the shudder that announces the approaching cataracts of time over which our species and the destiny of this planet is about to be swept." -Terence McKenna


              • #8
                Originally posted by Broacher View Post
                Now some random freebies from my lists:
                some of those evoked a very strong 'damn, i wish i thought of that' reaction in me


                • #9
                  Cognitive Bias and Ejecta caught my eye

                  "There's something about turning the pages of a book or magazine and the felling of rubbing your hands across the words."

                  This is my pen tool. There are many like it, but this one is MINE. My pen tool is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My pen tool without me is useless. Without my pen tool, I am useless.

                  there is no grey area when it comes to 1 color logos.


                  • #10
                    I have been having the same problem. With my name being Lillian Starr there are numerous directions I could take and I have sketched and written down every possible combination for my name (with and with out the use of 'designs' and 'graphics), I even tried my middle name in there too !!! Finally I settled on using my surname in Gaelic, Réalta (rail-ta). Dunno if I still completely happy with it but hey it's a work in progress.

                    Maybe try something along those lines ... might work


                    'If we want to be taken seriously as pirates, we need a proper metal boat ... None of this wooden crap'


                    • #11
                      I'm having the same problem, too. So far I'm stuck on <name> Creative Designs. Which falls into two of the taboo names mentioned here. Others I've thought of already have domains taken, as I'm also testing that as I come up with other ideas. I need something soon though.
                      "It's not that I don't want to trust people. It's that they give me reasons not to." ~ Me






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