WHO WRITES IT: Four branding gurus: Andy Lark, Johnnie Moore, Jennifer Rice, and John Winsor
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: While their individual blogs often wander off-topic, BrandShift's authors stick to their knitting at this site. There's a healthy debate on defining the concept of branding and an account of the dead-on brand experience of calling the receptionist ("You've got it, bro") at Patagonia's headquarters.
WHO WRITES IT: Brand planners and researchers at scenarioDNA in New York
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Mostly a roundup of stories on hip brands, scenario's blog collects insightful news without pitching its services. It offers surprising takes on current buzz concepts — such as applying the notion of "brand hijacking" to the downtown New York music club CBGB, once country, now punk.
BLOG: Naming and Branding Meta Blog, an aggregation of the three blogs Snark Hunting, Whisper, and Wordlab
WHO WRITES IT: The folks behind Igor, a San Francisco branding consultancy
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Whisper offers good musings on strategy, but the best stuff comes from Snark Hunting. Its authors riff on Gap Inc.'s new Forth & Towne store concept for middle-aged women, noting that it uses an ampersand rather than risk the acronym FAT.
Read more about brand blogs — and nominate your favorite blogs of any sort — at www.fastcompany.com/keyword/bestblogs.
A version of this article appeared in the August 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine.