A little word play in a brand name can work very well, such as when the moniker is used to form sentences, like this one for Believe in.

Believe in sketchbookSketchbook photo from Blair Thomson. Collateral on Identity Designed.

These, too.

With Plymouth UniversityFor Plymouth University, designed by Exeter-based Buddy.

SomeOne business cardBusiness card photo courtesy of Simon Manchipp from SomeOne.

Or where the name can flex into different words.

Ink Copywriters

Ink CopywritersFor Ink Copywriters, by Mytton Williams. More on Identity Designed.

Or on a slight logo tangent, when a symbol/monogram can be expanded like this.

New Theatre logo

New Theatre logoFor New Theatre, by the Sydney office of Interbrand.

Then there are companies like Us. “How to get in contact with Us,” and, “What do Us do exactly?” Or Glad, who say that, “Anyone who chooses to work with us will be Glad™ that they did.”

Glad Creative

Proud is another example. “Our goal is to create work that makes our clients and everyone at the studio proud.”

Or what about having your next creative project designed by good people?

Even the much-maligned UAL identity holds some of that flexibility.

University of the Arts London logoOriginal by Pentagram, adapted by D13904, a commentator on Brand New.

Just something I was thinking about.


Update: 07 February 2013
Michael Johnson wrote a relevant piece for Creative Review.
What’s in a name? Just about everything.

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June 24, 2012

Comments

In the Netherlands there are some good examples of flexible brand names. One of the most well known is a former telephone company called Ben (means ‘I am’ but is also a boys name). Made by DieTwee en KesselsKramer.

Also design agency Thonik has done similair designs. I will try to look them up and make a pinterest board and send you the URL.

I actually find these really annoying. I find it harder to say the name of the company and more confusing. The ones that can go within a word, like ink and ual aren’t quite as bad, but the sentence ones…meh. IMO

These are excellent examples of how to keep a brand fresh, and I agree with Jonathan that this concept can be applied to any name with the right planning. The biggest issue that I see is that these executions can’t really cross language and possibly cultural barriers with the same impact.

The adaptation made by commenter D13904 on Brand New is quite smart, and would actually empower the awkward lowercase initials.

Also, after following the link, noticed a new comment worthwhile by Erik Spiekermann on Helvetica, among other things.

Can work very well if applied correctly. A local company for helping disabled people does the opposite and takes away from their name by removing DIS from DISABLED — giving ABLED — I think it works well.

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