CurlyRed | A Design Blog


Published: December 21, 2016

To all of our fantastic clients, family, and friends: we wish you and yours a most happy holiday season, filled with peace and joy. Thank you for making 2016 truly wonderful. In all honesty, this time last year, things weren't looking so promising for CurlyRed. In fact, we had to completely re-examine our business development […]

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Published: December 6, 2016

CurlyRed, a branding, print and web design company, is excited to announce that it has signed its first Garrett County client, Jay Ferguson of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales. A successful real estate agent for many years, Mr. Ferguson founded the real estate side of Taylor-Made in April of 2014 with friends Joe & […]

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Published: November 29, 2016

Happy Giving Tuesday everyone! If you're looking for a worth charity to donate to today, we have a few suggestions for you:CurlyRed has had the great privilege of providing services for many several fantastic non-profits that would greatly benefit from your donation today. These include The Community Crisis Center, Zion Project, and Business Volunteers Unlimited, just to name […]

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Published: November 16, 2016

Since CurlyRed made this move a few months ago, we felt it was important to get plugged in to our local community. We have met with several community leaders, attended events like Oakland Renaissance, and made the decision to join the local chamber. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association […]

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Published: November 7, 2016

If you live in the Baltimore area, and love free food, drinks and music, pay attention! This Saturday night, Nov 12th, from 7-11pm, our friends at Baltimore Volunteers Unlimited are putting on a great event called "Get Down to Do Good," featuring Motown & Soul Sounds from the Legendary Winfield Parker and the Wilson Pickett Band!At […]

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Published: October 27, 2016

Join Charm City’s Finest Creatives for a Totally Tubular Networking Event!Before CDs and long before Napster, iTunes, and Spotify hit the scene, we all rocked out to our favorite cassette tapes. Although we’re living in the digital age now, let’s never forget how it felt to be an original music curator. Channeling our musical superpowers […]

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Published: October 20, 2016

Goodman, Meagher & Enoch, LLP has been serving the legal needs of the people throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area since 1953. GM&E was one of CurlyRed's very first web clients, but they were in need of an upgrade—to a fully custom, responsive WordPress website. The new website features all new headshots of the attorneys, taken […]

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Published: October 12, 2016

CurlyRed was thrilled to work with Rev. Dr. Amy P. McCullough at Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore. From their website: “we try to hear what God is saying for our everyday lives and for this city. We try our best to serve one another, welcome everyone, grow together in faith, and embrace the Christian […]

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Published: October 5, 2016

Since we made our “CurlyRed-new-adventure” announcement, many of you have asked us what informed our decision and helped us make such a major life change. Today marks our 40th day here, which has a spiritual weight to it—40 days is usually symbolic of a long season. And while it hasn't felt so long, it has […]

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Published: September 28, 2016

...on Instagram, that is.You see, if you've been reading along, CurlyRed has made some changes recently. And we're doing a daily recording to give you a taste of what our new normal is. The point of all of this is the hope that by sharing one shot a day, you'll get a better sense of […]

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Published: September 21, 2016

Delegate Sandy Rosenberg has been a Member of Maryland House of Delegates since January 12, 1983, and he's been working with CurlyRed for a few years now for his digital marketing needs. Sandy felt he was ready for a new website, to feature his updated key issues (like Pimlico and the Preakness) and some new photography […]

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Published: September 14, 2016

Windows. Yes, CurlyRed's office has REAL WINDOWS now. 3 of them to be precise. With the windows open, a light breeze floats in, and there's little sound other than the chirping of crickets. To quote Hamilton (as I so frequently do): “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” […]

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Published: September 6, 2016

Ok, boys and girls, we absolutely ADORE this event! The Un-Company Picnic is a great afternoon of food, drinks, and creatives mixing and mingling. One of the things that makes this event great is that fact that it is family-and-pet friendly, so there's no need to choose between spending a Saturday afternoon with your family, […]

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Published: August 17, 2016

The Delaware Restaurant Association has been a client of CurlyRed for many years, and we've always loved working with them on branding, print and digital projects. This year, we once again created an invitation for their annual Golf Classic and we wanted to share it with you. For this project, we chose a rich color palette, paired […]

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Published: August 2, 2016

ahhhh....August. The best month of the year. Baseball AND football, pool parties, beach getaways and frozen cocktails. What's not to love?And since we're a fan of month-long birthday celebrations, here's a curated list of birthday wishes by the one and only M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed (who turns 35 on the […]

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Published: July 20, 2016

One of our very oldest and most favorite clients, Robin Snyder-Wiencek at EMC Performing Arts Studio is celebrating 25 YEARS of business this year. Wow—what an amazing accomplishment! Go Robin! To celebrate, we wanted to share some of our favorite designs CurlyRed has done for EMC over the past 10 years. We wish you many […]

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Published: July 6, 2016

written by M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer, CurlyRed Every 90 days or so, I open a PDF that looks much like the one you see above and start writing.You see, my business coach to the stars Susan Katz won me over in the area of goal-setting. And it wasn't an easy battle. I […]

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Published: June 23, 2016

So, we are working on a project for a client and we knew that a historic image would provide the perfect backdrop for our piece. But editorial imagery can get VERY pricey.  So we did some research and found some great resources for your next project—there are a ton of public domain images available for […]

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Published: June 16, 2016

WAAAAY back in 2008, CurlyRed was part of the Urban Forest Project, and this work still holds a special place in our hearts. The Urban Forest Project was a national exhibition working in conjunction with the Times Square Alliance and World Studio in NYC, put on by Tilt Studios. The project brought together 200 artists, designers […]

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Published: June 1, 2016

Caitlin McAfee is not your typical founder of a dance company. She comes from an almost scientific viewpoint in her approach to dance. She is starting a new dance company, and needed branding as quickly as possible. Caitlin gave CurlyRed the following statements to help guide us in the branding creation process. BlueShift Dance Artist […]

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Published: May 25, 2016

A lifetime ago, our dear friend Matthew Winner (author, blogger, and of All The Wonders fame) was teaching a class of 3rd graders. I, M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed, had an idea for a graphic design firm but DIDN'T HAVE A NAME! I was stuck and needed help. So Matthew took […]

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Published: May 18, 2016

Since we went live with our brand-new site last week, the response has been absolutely tremendous!Thanks to all of you for your kind words of encouragement and support—we're so glad you love the site too! Since we've launched, a few of you have asked us to refresh you on exactly what our services are, so […]

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Published: May 11, 2016

Well, let us tell you—this has been a long time coming. We are so excited to finally share this with you—our brand-new website has gone LIVE! This fully-responsive custom website is full of new imagery (with the pictures of Kendall shot by the talented Stacey of Atomic Cheesecake Studios), new navigation, new testimonials, tons of […]

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Published: May 4, 2016

Yesterday, after completely deleting the majority of their online presence, Radiohead released a rather strange and yet beautifully-made claymation video for their new haunting single: "Burn the Witch." For us, music and design are deeply intertwined. Music often inspires us to create, and design/art often influences and helps shapes some truly amazing music videos.Kendall's love […]

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Published: April 28, 2016

We love it when we get to do cool things with our clients! Carroll Museums has agreed to host B’More Creatives for this very “sweet” event, bringing creative professionals and students together in Baltimore! Check it out: Register here: http://allamericanicecreamsocial.eventbrite.com/ We hope to see you there!

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Published: April 20, 2016

Wow! We couldn't be happier about this one—Carroll Museums, with includes the historic Carroll Mansion and the Phoenix Shot Tower in Baltimore, Maryland, just launched a brand-new website.   Carroll Mansion was the winter home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, last living and only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. Over time, this house has been a […]

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Published: April 13, 2016

photo courtesy of Aji Bakare, TU Graduate Student, Women and Gender Studies Kendall, president and principal designer for CurlyRed, had the great privilege of speaking the Women In Leadership conference at Towson University on April 2nd. She spoke to a room of enthusiastic and driven women, and enjoyed the diversity of the women's passions and goals.  The university's newsletter covered the event, saying […]

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Published: April 7, 2016

written by Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer, CurlyRed Disclaimer: I know, and have long had great respect for, Brooke Hall and Justin Allen. They are the founders of What Works Studio, What Weekly, and the the ones who first imagined Light City.  I've been hearing them talk about this event for several years, and have been very […]

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Published: March 30, 2016

So—this client is VERY near and dear to our hearts.Kendall's younger brother, John Amato, V, was married to Samantha Tarlton this past Saturday in a beautiful celebration at Linganore Winecellars. CurlyRed had the extreme privilege of designing the save-the-date, invitations, and RSVP cards. This was our first time printing in spot foil and hand-lining foil envelopes, […]

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Published: March 23, 2016

Clarity Centers is a new group counseling center in Towson, MD that believes the relationship between patient and therapist is of the upmost importance. Through fully engaged guided conversations with wise and compassionate counselors, patients can "end needless suffering" by learning self knowledge, self control and gaining clarity.  Our client and long-time friend, Dr. Shawn […]

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Published: March 16, 2016

Our long-time good friend, Jenn Tucker of Cafeteria Design has a new endeavor: Studio Lola! We're in love with these beautiful pillows and the care that goes into creating them. From Studio Lola’s Etsy page:  “One of the privileges of entrepreneurship is the ability to make responsible, meaningful, and sustainable business decisions in matters that […]

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Published: March 10, 2016

It's that time of year again—presentation time! CurlyRed is always honored to be a part of these great events. You can catch our president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig, presenting at the following: Towson University's Women in Leadership Conference: April 2nd, 2016 from Towson University's website: “On Saturday April 2, 2016, Towson University will be hosting […]

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Published: March 2, 2016

Hi everyone! Meet Tia: our newest lovable member of this crazy CurlyRed family. We often take interns from local universities to help mentor them while they earn school credit. But we thought it would be sweet to interview her and find out what makes Tia tick.Here we go!1. Where do you go to school and when […]

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Published: February 17, 2016

So you might be sick of hearing how awesome Hamilton is (it seems like everyone on the interwebs are bussing about this musical)—but seriously, it's so very good. And unlike most trending topics, Hamilton is worth all of the buzz.We haven't gotten a chance to see it on stage yet, but have listened to the […]

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Published: February 11, 2016

If you are Parks and Recreation fans like we are, then you already know about the awesome holiday that happens every February 13th: Galentine's Day. We love it, because, we are obviously all about Girl Power, but we also love having a day to celebrate all of the important women in our lives. In that […]

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