Shouldn't your boat's name look as distinctive as your boat?
A well-chosen and well-designed name on a transom or topsides is the finishing touch and creates the ultimate first impression for any boat. Your boat's name is the single most highly visible clue to your nautical interests and sensibilities. Whether the name is whimsical (Y-Knot), classical (Terpsichore), irreverent (Aquaholic), mythical (Valkyrie), sly (For Sail), romantic (Wayfarer), or full of attitude (Bite Me), it won't communicate your message without an effective design.
1. Naming History: An ancient tradition • Staying the course • Boating for pleasure • Just call me Alice • Fiberglass, vinyl, and psychedelia • Why Aquaholic?
2.Design Thinking: Using a design vocabulary • Pairing fonts with names • Traditional or predictable? • Leveraging expression and creativity
3.Design Styles: Type only • Integrating graphics with typography • Image-driven names
4.Boat Letterers' Stories: By hand or machine • Not all names are equal • Power versus sail • Tales from the back