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Starts:24-Jan-13 3:04 p.m. GMT

Ends:31-Jan-13 3:04 p.m. GMT


Award 1: $200, was awarded to grinnin1




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Creative brief

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What does your company do?

Develop, produce, exhibit and sell unique jewellery and objects, either unique one-off or small series, or limited production runs. Provide workspace and collaborative opportunities for other jewellers and silversmiths.

Do you require that a .COM or other URL be available for the new name?

yes please

What is your industry?


Describe your customers

Think of the kind of people who attend art exhibitions openings with their wallets open - men and women, probably 30+, with a passion for art and design and the money to spend on it, either occasionally (one-off exibition work) or regularly (small run production work).

What 3 things do you want your company name to communicate to your customers?

This is an art and design business
It is unique and arts-based (not crafty)
It's located in a physical place

List the names of your top three competitors

I would like to be a small fish in this bigger sea:

Gray Street Workshop
Jam Factory
Square Peg Studios

What character, tenor, or spirit do you wish to convey?

A sense of evolved unique creativity and design (as distinct to, say, the local craft group)
Uniqueness and a sense of quirkiness (interesting but not crazily off beat and inaccessible)
Inviting (rather than remote and snobbish)

Are there any words or phrases you especially like or hate?

I played for a while with a few names - Bessie's drawers (jewellers have lots of drawers - for small tools and components and to store work and products - often with a glass lid in each drawer and work displayed in the drawer). Bessie was my great grandmother and I like the double-entendre of 'drawers' - but this is a bit limiting because I hope the studios will house other jewellers too someday.

The studios are on the corner of First Street and West Street so these names might suggest some options.

I like words like adorn, atelier, studio. Also embassy, palace...!

I dislike the word bespoke. And I am not really interested in a spirit of olde-worlde or nostalgie or romance.

Do you have other info you want to share?

I just spent the summer fitting out the new studio - it has its own access but is part of our sprawling 1867 former schoolhouse/chapel. It's in a funky, inner-city area with an industrial history and a long and vibrant history as a place for artists of all kinds. I am hoping to have open studios - by apointment, regular opening times and special open days and small exhibitions.

I'm an emerging artist and have degrees (2) in jewellery and silversmithing, as well as drawing. This is going to be my year to move from studying into production, marketing and exhibiting, hopefully gathering a few like-minded colleagues along the way.

The name of the studio/practice will be used as the basis for all marketing and communications - website, stationery, submissions to galleries and retailers, exhibition invitations, business cards - etc!

I am in the process of organising professional photos but can provide some amateur ones of my work and the studio if requested.

Brief updates

By Belindavanalphen on 28-Jan-13 11:08 a.m. GMT
Hi folks. Thank you all so much for all of your suggestions - I really do appreciate your efforts and there have been some really really cool suggestions.

Just a tip - combinations of there words - first west atelier bessie embassy palace studio chapel school schoolhouse - have pretty much been exhausted and similar combinations are coming up from different people. I'm learning from this too and probably wouldn't suggest including possible words in future briefs (after all - they are the words that I have been thinking of and been unable to settle on as a possible business/studio name!)

Thanks again!

By Belindavanalphen on 31-Jan-13 11:09 a.m. GMT
Hello everyone. It's bed-time here and I just scored the last 100 or so entries. I am so sorry about not giving written feedback for this last round of entries - if you would particularly like it let me know.

I will look at any entires that come in before closing time when daylight comes tomorrow. I already have a few particular favourites to sleep on. Again, I really appreciate each and every suggestion, even if I haven't feel the fit is right.

Once I settle on a final winner, my next step is to list a project for logo design - so if you are a graphic design creative as well as a wordsmith I would welcome your input again.

Have a great day/evening/night wherever you are.