When I try to get creative with a pattern name, I almost always regret it. I feel like a pattern title should be memorable. It should be unique to your product. It should grab you when you see the words written together. It should be easy to remember so that if someone hears the name once they’ll remember what it is to be able to go look for it.
When I was designing the Knotted Bag, I was going through a bunch of names, you know, girl’s names that might fit. Then I tried finding different words for the word Knot. Then I found the perfect name: Bella Knotte bag. Cute, huh? Bella Notte means “beautiful night” in Italian. Adding a K at the beginning made it “beautiful knot”, right? I was sure no one else had ever thought of that for a bag name. Even so, it took me a few days to google it. You know what? It was a terrible name! Apparently spelling notte with a K at the begining is code for, “You have found yourself a porn site.” Aaaaack!
Needless to say, I went with something safe: the Knotted Bag. Sorta unique, sorta memorable, not so grabby, sorta easy to remember. Blech.
For my latest pdf pattern, I went through the whole process again. The cushions keep your bottom happy, right? Stacking them together sorta makes them looks like a layer cake, right? Another word for bottom is Fanny, right? And BONUS: Fanny is also a girl’s name, right? It was all coming together so nicely and a new and humorous pattern title was born: Happy Fanny Cakes Round Seat Cushion. I was happy. I even googled it and came up with nothing that seemed blatantly objectionable.
The blessing in all this is that my pattern proofer Lara is from Australia. She informed me that Fanny is a not so nice word for a pattern name in some parts of the world. WHAT?? Am I ignorant? Apparently I am. Who knew? And who knew how GROSSLY inappropriate a round seat cushion pattern title could be? Not me.
Back to going with something safe: Comfy Seat Round Cushion. Here’s to your happy fan… um, I mean bottom!
No promises that I won’t get all creative in the future. But hopefully someone will catch me before it’s too late.