Thursday, January 17, 2013

Naming Advice From DGaider

Two laws and two rules to go by when it comes to naming things on a project. On the one hand it makes you want to make sure you get something good down the first time around. On the other hand, if you're not sure, come back to it in a month and see if anyone still cares.  

Gaider’s Laws of Naming Things

1) If the name is a made-up word for something, everyone will have different connotations and immediately dislike it.

2) Within 3-6 months, people will begin to associate that made-up word with the thing… and they will forget that they ever had an objection. Of course it’s that name. What else could it be called?

Gaider’s Rules of Naming Things

1) If you don’t like it, but can’t suggest something better, I don’t want to hear it.

2) If we can’t agree, let’s go with this as a temp name and talk about it in a few months.

Pretty good logic. From my own experience a lot of the place holder names I used in Super Apartment Bros came to stick and are now the character working names, if not their names in the actual episodes. Go figure.

Also, bonus advice was to give the thing in question such a bad name that when you come back to it you have to change it. (no her name can't be "Mrs. CutThroatMittens" we need a real name for the princess...)