Pursuit has launched!

Igor named Viad’s new Travel & Recreation group “Pursuit“:

Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) today introduced an umbrella brand, Pursuit, for its unique collection of iconic experiences. With locations that span Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Glacier, Denali and Kenai Fjords national parks and Vancouver, British Columbia, the creation of a unifying brand is a logical next step to facilitate guest interaction with us across all geographies. “

Pursuit Collection Reveal Video – 35 secs from Pursuit on Vimeo.

“We believe that collecting memories is far more important than collecting things.

We share yourlonging to explore. To get out into the world in search of remarkable
experiences. To stride eagerly through your bucket-list and tick off
dreams fulfilled. This is what we call ‘living’.”

We have gathered a collection of adventure travel experiences, each of
them thoughtfully united by their power to inspire and invigorate. As
a brand, Pursuit weaves elements of wonder and amazement across our
range of awe-inspiring experiences.”

Would “Slack” Make It Through Your Company’s Naming Process?

It would, if and only if your naming committee understands the difference between what is true and what is relevant. If your company needed to name “A messaging app for teams” and the name “Slack” was proposed, this is the type of feedback you could expect:

“In business, Slack means “characterized by a lack of work or activity; quiet. “Business was rather slack””

“A Slacker is someone who works as little as possible. A terrible message for our target audience”

“Slack means slow, sluggish, or indolent, not active or busy; dull; not brisk. Moving very slowly, as the tide, wind, or water. Neglect, reduce, tardy”

Every definition and association we can find of Slack is negative”

All of the above is true. The only real question being, is any of it it relevant? Does this mean Slack would be a terrible name or a great name? Most naming committees would laugh Slack out of the room if anyone suggested it, given all the “negatives surrounding the word – and the complete lack of “positives”.

And let’s not forget the team member who will wrongly assert, “No one will take us seriously with a name like Slack”.

Obviously Slack is a highly effective name. It’s clear that a names’ successes doesn’t depend upon positive associations, nor is it harmed by a plethora of negative associations.

Slack works because it addresses the problem; the reason the tool is needed -to take up the Slack. And because Slack is naming the problem rather than the solution, it stands out and demonstrates that something different is happening at Slack. Its associations that would wrongly be deemed “negative” for a name, like Slacker and Slaking Off, means the name Slack has stopping power. And a sense of humanity demonstrated through humor. It’s engaging, different, human and unforgettable. It demands and receives your attention. What more could you want?

How can you make sure a name like Slack doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor of your next naming project? We’ve spelled it out simply and precisely in the 28 pages of the Igor Naming Guide.

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Ventrix from The North Face. Named by Igor.

February, 2017 – Ventrix in Popular Mechanics’ “Outdoor Retailer 2017: The Best New Gear of the Year”:

“PM is at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Salt Lake City this week, getting our hands on all the gear that outfit your next adventure.

Built for all-day adventures, the Ventrix’s flexible insulation features small perforations that stretch open when you move to vent heat. When you stop to catch your breath, the perforations remain closed to keep you warm.”

Via Feed The Habit, a cutaway image showing the Ventrix insulation:

“The North Face is taking things one step further by introducing Ventrix, which makes their active insulation even more breathable. They do this by cutting vertical slits into the insulation. When sitting still, these slits are essentially closed off, but when active, these slits open up to allow more moisture to escape. The design makes complete sense and should take their active insulation to another level of breathability. Ventrix will be available in the Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie in fall 2017 which features 80g insulation combined with dynamic venting.”

“Navel”, Yoga Wear for New Moms. Our Latest Naming Work.

Navel is one of 5 new brands we’ve named for Target’s startup incubator so far in 2016.

The Basics:

The Startup – Superior yoga wear designed specifically for new moms.

Define the positioning: The job was to find a name that worked with the ideas of mother-child connection, core strengthening, yoga and Buddhism.

Find the confluence: There is only one name that can perfectly pull all four ideas together and provide a deep well of imagery and associations for branding, marketing & advertising: Navel.

Vet for trademark: And it had to be a single-word name available to trademark worldwide – no small feat in the crowded clothing category.

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Via Yoga.com:

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Zoic. Named by Igor.

Zoic Capital is a life science and medical technology venture capital firm focusing on concept to early stage opportunities.

Zoic is a suffix meaning “of life” – as in Paleozoic, Cryptozoic, Protozoic, Mezozoic, et al.
Zoic is short, unique, and has a great look & sound.

Zoic sums up what the company is about in a disruptive, differentiated & intriguing way.
An instant classic.
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Our Latest Naming Work: Sliver Vodka

An extraordinarily interesting and challenging naming assignment: Find a name that works for “All natural fruit infused” AND it had to be “a sexy / edgy name”.

“Sliver” is spot on the confluence of these seemingly disparate ideas.

And of course the name had to be a word that “had never been used for a food or beverage anywhere in the world”. Simple.

Sliver Vodka

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