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Published: December 22, 2017

So long, 2017! We wish you a wonderful holiday full of love and laughter, and a safe and magical start of 2018. Our CurlyRed office will be closed starting today at 5pm, and we'll re-open Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. Please continue to check CurlyRed's blog ( and Twitter ( for updates and CurlyRed news.

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Published: December 20, 2017

We love bringing clients full-circle. In 2008 (when we were brand-new!), CurlyRed helped Annapolis-based, computer programming company Wyetech create their visual branding. Mark Goss is the president of Wyetech (fun fact: he's also cousin-by-marriage to president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig). Mark approached us this year, ready to up his online presence game. We […]

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Published: December 14, 2017

We hired Hagerstown student Kylie Magnis as our new CurlyRed design intern this month. So we decided to grill her with a few questions about her childhood, art, creativity, and women in business. Read Kylie's answers to our burning questions here: 1. Where do you go to school, and when do you expect to graduate? […]

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Published: December 4, 2017

First off, thank you to everyone who submitted their non-profit for consideration for CurlyRed's 2018 First Fruits February! We had several great choices, and two extra-special organizations to stood out to us. We couldn’t choose between them, so we’ve decided on TWO non-profit recipients, one in Baltimore, MD and one in Garrett County, MD. Congratulations […]

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Published: November 29, 2017

Next Wednesday night is going to be an epic time! _________ SHOW US YOUR MASK & CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY DEC 6TH, 7PM AT THE ELEPHANT At the end of this year B'More Creatives will be closing as a networking group for women in the creative profession in Baltimore. Join us for a private celebration on […]

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Published: November 28, 2017

#givingtuesday is a wonderful day of giving back to organizations that desperately need it! Our favorite global non-profit is Compassion International, where you can sponsor a child in need and change his or her life! This upcoming February of 2018, we'd like to donate the full 10% to one Maryland-based non-profit, suggested by you. We've […]

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Published: November 20, 2017

We've had the pleasure of being part of am amazing (and free) networking group called B'More Creatives, since the very beginning. M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed, was also had the honor of serving on the board of directors for the past 5 or 6 years. But Kendall, along with fellow leader […]

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Published: November 15, 2017

Our dear friend, Bridget Manley, created the Birds in a Tree podcast about parenting. The good, the bad, the hard and the glorious, all from the perspective of different parents each episode. From left: Mark Ludwig, vice-president, CurlyRed; daughter Juliette; daughter Margot; M. Kendall Ludwig, president, CurlyRed She asked M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal […]

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Published: November 8, 2017

First off, thank you to everyone who submitted their non-profit for consideration for CurlyRed's 2018 First Fruits February! We had several great choices, and two extra-special organizations to stood out to us. We couldn’t choose between them, so we’ve decided on TWO non-profit recipients, one in Baltimore, MD and one in Garrett County, MD. Congratulations […]

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Published: October 11, 2017

From the moment we learned about The Slippery Mermaid Sushi Bar — serving colorful, unexpected and funky sushi rolls in Navarre, Florida and Sewickley, Pennsylvania — we KNEW we could design something really special for them. Our CurlyRed team set out to create a fully custom and responsive WordPress website that would showcase the sushi […]

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Published: October 4, 2017

October is a wonderful month for Western Maryland—especially in Garrett County. Here are a few things we are excited to be a part of: The GOBA 50/50 Go Greater Raffle Oakland, Maryland is being revitalized. And CurlyRed (now located in Mtn. Lake Park, considered Greater Oakland) is very pleased to be on the GOBA Marketing […]

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Published: September 20, 2017

Happy Wednesday, friends! That is the last installment of a three-part series (you can find part one here and part two here). These are some of the most important things I’ve learned since moving our family and my business 200 miles west, from Baltimore to Mountain Lake Park, MD (near the West Virginia line). I hope these […]

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Published: September 14, 2017

Thanks for following along, everyone!Here's some more tidbits I’ve learned over the past year since relocating my life (and CurlyRed) 200 miles west to Garrett County, MD:6. It’s easy to become overcommitted anywhere. As I shared last week, being overcommitted and having little or no margin in my life was a driving force in our move. But […]

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Published: September 6, 2017

written by: M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer, CurlyRed Now that my year-long experiment of positing to Instagram once a day is over, I've had some time to reflect on what I've learned. In both my personal and professional life, some things have changed quite a bit, and some things haven't.I figured I'd start […]

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Published: August 22, 2017

CurlyRed Inc. is a local branding, print and web graphic design company that is looking an intern for Fall 2017. This internship is open to college students working on their degree in website or digital design and/or development. It is an unpaid position, preferably for college credit. The days/hours for this internship are very flexible, […]

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Published: August 16, 2017

A client CurlyRed has enjoyed working with from quite some time is also the best place in Baltimore to go for a facial or massage: Ojas. We wanted to feature them today because they are celebrating the opening of a brand new location in Cockeysville and we've loved watching them grow! We adore the philosophy […]

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Published: August 5, 2017

We’re closing up shop to spend some fun family time down the ocean, hon! Our office will re-open Friday, August 11th. If you have any immediate needs before then, please contact our office assistant Alandra at 410.878.2068 or

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Published: July 12, 2017

We have a special announcement today: In addition to our Certification as a Minority Business Enterprise with the State of Maryland, CurlyRed has now been named an SBA Certified HUBZone Firm! Why does this matter? The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal […]

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Published: July 5, 2017

We’ve worked on so many fun projects this year! And this one was no exception, because it combined three things we love: in this case, The Baltimore Ravens, reading and helping children. The Maryland Book Bank is a Baltimore-based non-profit that distributes over 150,000 free books to children, teachers, schools and organizations each year! We […]

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Published: June 21, 2017

A few folks have asked for the notes from my presentation from last Friday for The Baltimore Business Journal. So I've done one better—here are the take-aways from my talk. _____ This is my car, the one my husband found for me last October. It's a red Mini Cooper Countryman, and as I soon found out—it's […]

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Published: June 6, 2017

In CurlyRed's ten years of business, I had a first last week:I attended the funeral of a client. W.C. Bird, passed away unexpectedly on May 22nd, 2017 from heart complications. I had only known him a few short months. We were paired together after he invented and secured a patent for a baseball/softball training tool. W.C. […]

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Published: May 24, 2017

So exciting! CurlyRed had the awesome opportunity to create the branding and print design for this fun event (happening in one week), and here's what our client, Jessica Fike (who's helping organize this event), had to say: “THANKS A MILLION for your participation in this event, Kendall! You’ve been wonderful to work with and I appreciate […]

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Published: May 18, 2017

Here's Mark, rocking a new 'do and favorite “old man sweater.” We wanted to share a little more of Mark's story with you: his training, passions, and career moves that has led him to become CurlyRed's “web guru.” Mark has a very unique approach to online design and development, and brings his joy and silliness […]

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Published: May 10, 2017

Projects are always so much more fun when you’re helping friends reach their goals. This project was no exception. Faye Rivkin is exceedingly talented and an all-around great woman. We’ve run in the same networking and creative circles for years, so it was CurlyRed's pleasure to create a fully-custom, responsive WordPress website that was as […]

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Published: April 27, 2017

We are pleased to show you CurlyRed's newest fully custom and responsive WordPress website project: Concept Wood Design, a Maryland wood shop for lovers of natural wood creations. From CWD's website: We select wood from the best available for the project. We strive to capture the wonder and beauty of nature’s gift to us. We […]

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Published: April 20, 2017

Happy Thursday, everyone! We’re excited that M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer, will be presenting on the following dates: 1. Friday, April 28th, 2017, 2pm. Kendall will be presenting at the Power of Possibilities Summit on “How to Create a Dynamic and Powerful Website.” This talk will explore the different options one has when […]

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Published: April 5, 2017

We had moved into a truly spectacular home. It's in excellent condition and has so many interesting architectural elements and Victorian charm. We knew when we bought it that there were a few cosmetic changes we would want to make, but we’re handy folks and ready for the challenge. This winter we began our first […]

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Published: March 22, 2017

by M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer, Tonight is opening night for a production called Almost, Maine at the quaint playhouse Our Town Theatre in Oakland, Maryland. We're even featured on the cover of the local newspaper! photo courtesy of Our Town Theatre (I'm on the bottom left!) A few months ago, notices for […]

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Published: March 15, 2017

It's hard to truly articulate all of the amazing things our client, The Institute For Integrative Health in Baltimore, does. So instead, we'll share how they describe themselves on the website: “Despite great advances in medical knowledge and technology, chronic disease affects one in three Americans, leads to 70 percent of U.S. deaths, and accounts […]

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Published: March 7, 2017

Over the past decade, M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed, has done a decent amount of public speaking about design, branding, marketing, and owning her own business. In the next few weeks, you'll have two opportunities to see Kendall present (if you're in the Western Maryland region—or just feel like making a […]

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Published: March 1, 2017

Is anyone else just in love with the Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything”? Christina Ricci and David Hoflin (playing Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald) are both magical and compelling. It’s just so easy to get wrapped up in their lives: the fashion, the art deco style, the blissful words they wrote, the jazz […]

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Published: February 23, 2017

Twin Tails Event Farm is our second local client here in Garrett County, Maryland—the venue is located about 12 minutes north of CurlyRed. When we got a chance to see the property in person, we were inspired to create branding and a web presence that was as beautiful, elegant and rustic as the location itself. […]

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Published: February 15, 2017

Have you been thinking about beginning a new branding, print or web project with CurlyRed? Now is the time! You see, all month long, we want to give thanks for being in business for 10 years by donating ten percent of what we bring in back to the community. We have chosen two charities: The […]

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Published: February 8, 2017

Ten-year-old design and marketing firm expands to meet growing digital demand Mtn. Lake Park, MD - CurlyRed ( announced today that Mark Ludwig has joined the CurlyRed team. Mark Ludwig comes with a wealth of experience within the marketing industry, having spent the last fours years at Warschawski a full-service PR and marketing firm in […]

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Published: January 31, 2017

Yes–ten years ago on this insignificant day, the paperwork was submitted to make CurlyRed a THING, with no real plan for what it would become. And in those ten years, we've worked with hundreds of companies and non-profits around the country. We've had fundraisers (and we're starting a new one tomorrow!). We've gotten to work […]

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Published: January 27, 2017

Happy snowy Friday, everyone, We are expecting more snow today and tomorrow here in Mountain Lake Park, but the crews are good at staying on top of the roads in our neighborhood, so we are still ON for our party tomorrow night from 5-8pm! < We hope you can still join us! Please register here: […]

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Published: January 20, 2017

Next month,CurlyRed is giving back 10% of all of our February sales to two great charities, one here in Garrett County (our new community) and one in Baltimore (our hometown). Today we want to give more exposure to the Community Crisis Center in Baltimore. From their website: "The Community Crisis Center, Inc. (CCC) is a […]

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Published: January 18, 2017

Next month, CurlyRed is giving back 10% of all of our February sales to two great charities, one here in Garrett County (our new community) and one in Baltimore (our hometown). Today we want to shed a little light on The Dove Center, in Oakland, Maryland. The mission of the Dove Center is to provide […]

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Published: January 11, 2017

The idea of giving one's “first fruits” is not new. In Scripture, the idea was that a farmer would give the first (and best) ten percent of all he harvested back to God as an offering, a way of giving thanks. At CurlyRed, we want to give thanks for being in business for 10 years […]

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Published: January 4, 2017

Happy New Year from Garrett County, Maryland! Well, it may be hard to believe, but on January 31st, 2017, CurlyRed will be turning 10 YEARS OLD! Holy goodness, it’s been a tremendous ride. As I mentioned in a recent blog post, at the end of 2015, things weren't looking so promising for CurlyRed, and we […]

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