If you’re working on naming something, there are tons of excellent digital resources at your fingertips. But sometimes we find that more uncommon resources yield more interesting names. If you’ve exhausted online resources — or are just exhausted from staring at a screen, try out some of our offline suggestions to crack open creativity.

  1. Look through a dictionary — English or a foreign language. A physical dictionary. With paper pages.
  2. Same as above, but make it a poetry book.
  3. Flip through a magazine. Ideally one you can actually hold, but if you insist on a digital one, I don’t suppose we can stop you. Look for words and images.

Jill Stanewick is a director of naming & strategy at Tanj.