CurlyRed | A Design Blog

Published: December 9, 2020

Our client, the Dove Center in Oakland, MD provides safety, advocacy, and counseling to individuals whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence and/or sexual assault, and strives to expand public awareness of those issues. Their biggest fundraiser of the year is the Festival of Trees. In July, they made the heartbreaking decision to cancel […]

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Published: December 1, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we have chosen our 2021 First Fruits February recipients! CurlyRed will donate 10% of all profits in February 2021 to one non-profit in Baltimore, and one local non-profit here in Western Maryland. Our Baltimore recipient is World Relief Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinic! They advise and represent immigrants and their […]

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Published: November 25, 2020

Even during this crazy year, we have much to be grateful for. Like YOU—we're thankful for each of you! We hope you have a safe and joyful holiday. Our offices will be closed, beginning at 3pm today through this Sunday, November 29th. If you need assistance while we're away, feel free to reach out to […]

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Published: November 24, 2020

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday! If you'd like to #shopsmall and #shoplocal this holiday, we still have a limited number of all three of our CurlyRed candles available (lovingly made by Ellicott City's Sihaya & Company). Candles are one for $12, or two for $20. Just message us to place your order, and we […]

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Published: November 18, 2020

Dear Clients and Friends, CurlyRed has had the immense pleasure of serving you for the past (almost) 14 years. During this time, many things have changed, but our commitment to “good design for everyone” has not wavered. We care deeply about creating usable art at affordable rates and working as hard as we can to […]

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Published: November 12, 2020

This was a really exciting project for us at CurlyRed. We were asked to redesign a map for the historic Town of Grantsville. Grantsville is the first Arts & Entertainment district in Garrett County, and home to some of our favorite restaurants, outdoor attractions and working artists in Western Maryland. This map features a custom […]

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Published: October 21, 2020

It's only 65 days until Christmas! Why not get a jump on your holiday shopping? CurlyRed is once again proud to offer our hand-blended, regionally sourced candles. We have partnered with Ellicott City-based company, Sihaya & Co. to create three custom candles: Cinnamon Siren (snickerdoodle cookies with a touch of sass) Cedar & Siren (cozy […]

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Published: October 14, 2020

One of our most recent CurlyRed branding projects is for Swansen Services, the largest real estate sales support firm in the Mid-Atlantic. We decided to use a timeless elegant serif typeface and a pleasing monochromic palette of blues. Regional Account Manager Megan Alsop said this: “Kendall [of CurlyRed] did an amazing job re-branding our company […]

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Published: October 8, 2020

Even though things are looking rather different this year, Autumn Glory is still one of the most wonderful times of the year in Garrett County. The leaves are in their vibrant peak of turning, the air is wonderfully crisp, and there's a sense of pride of living and working in such a beautiful, special place. […]

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Published: September 30, 2020

Our friends at Sihaya & Co. have done it again! That is, created a fully-custom brand new candle for CurlyRed called Spice & Sirenwhich is a "posh pumpkin spice celebration of autumn!" But seriously, it smells like the most delicious pumpkin spice latte you've ever had, just in time for October! Plus, each paraffin wax […]

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Published: September 22, 2020

Join us at our brand new space at 108 South Second St. in the historic Republican newspaper building! Located in downtown Oakland, our office is now directly above The Gallery Shop and professional offices for The Garrett County Arts Council and Oakland Arts & Entertainment District. After the ribbon cutting with Garrett County's Chamber of […]

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Published: September 17, 2020

We're excited to announce that our CurlyRed Ribbon Cutting for our new space has been scheduled with the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce! Please save the date for Friday, October 2nd at 4:30pm! More details and official invite to follow next week.

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Published: September 9, 2020

The new branding for The Tiny Corner Bike Shop might be one the strangest requests we've ever gotten for a logo (a T-rex on a Victorian penny-farthing). But we can't help but LOVE how it turned out! This small-town bike shop (opening next month!) will support the greater Oakland, Maryland area and offer bike repairs, […]

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Published: September 2, 2020

It's feeling like autumn here in Garrett County today, so here's a sneak peek of the our newest custom candle creation for CurlyRed! Coming soon!

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Published: August 26, 2020

CurlyRed had the immense honor of designing and developing a custom, responsive website for the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, MD.The Allegany Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of and access to the arts in Allegany County, Maryland. We have served as one of 24 County arts agencies in the state […]

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Published: August 12, 2020

Doing a giveaway today! Head over to our CurlyRed Facebook or Insta pages to get your free CurlyRed sticker while supplies last!

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Published: August 5, 2020

Garrett Mentors were the winners of our CurlyRed design giveaway this past spring, and we were so happy to use that design time to create all-new branding for their organization! Garrett Mentors is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 serving Garrett County, Maryland. They are committed to providing the Pre-kindergarten through grade five children in […]

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Published: July 29, 2020

Say hello to our newest graphic design intern, Ondrea! We're excited to have her on board this fall, and look forward to seeing what he'll accomplish during her time with CurlyRed. Here's a few things we've learned about Ondrea: Where do you go to school and when do you expect to graduate? I attend West […]

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Published: July 8, 2020

So this project was super cool because the Anglican Episcopal Cathedral of The Good Shepherd is our second ever international client (hailing all the way from Lima, Peru!) This congregation was looking for a simple landing page design with  information and an easy-to-follow guide on how to give. When they approached us at CurlyRed, we […]

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Published: July 1, 2020

At CurlyRed, recently we have been busy bees!  On top of serving our retainer clients, and taking on new branding and print projects, we launched 4 new websites last month (might be a record for us?) including these two: Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE) The ANPCE was established in 2015 as a way […]

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Published: June 24, 2020

Even though we're still a few months away from being ready to move into our new CurlyRed office, we've been dreaming of decor that compliments CurlyRed's style AND the beautiful historic architecture of the old Republican newspaper building. Perhaps a pinup-covered coffee table paired with some lux velvet curtains? A mid-century desk and a funky […]

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Published: June 9, 2020

Oakland, MD — CurlyRed, a local branding, print and web design firm are moving their downtown Oakland office location from 204 Alder St. to 108 South Second St. in the historic Republican newspaper building, directly above The Gallery Shop and professional offices for The Garrett County Arts Council and Oakland Arts & Entertainment District. M. […]

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Published: June 4, 2020

Important CurlyRed announcement coming soon!

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Published: May 21, 2020

  It's been several years since we created this branding for our friend Beth Scott, owner of the Wellness Living Company: It was a fun, whimsical project (and featured the silhouettes of her own 3 children, how cool is that?). But recently, Beth's product line of lotion, sunscreen, bug spray and especially her Elderberry Syrup […]

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Published: May 14, 2020

We signed the Maryland Strong Back to Business pledge and are committed to continuing to serve you and keep our team and our clients as safe as possible. Thanks for your support!

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Published: May 13, 2020

by M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed Are you tired of feeling isolated and in need of authentic community right now? I hear you. This isn't some list to fix things, or a way to ignore the pain and suffering that's happening around the world right now—but simply a few ideas that […]

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Published: April 22, 2020

At CurlyRed, we know things are hard right now—especially for small businesses and non-profits (and pretty much all of our clients fall into those categories). We'd like to help. So we're giving away a FREE PRINT DESIGN PACKAGE (a $500+ value) to one lucky small business or non-profit. It could be an ad design, a […]

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Published: April 14, 2020

—by M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer, CurlyRed Weeks before life (as we knew it) would change for all of us, I thought it would be a good idea to completely give up any personal use of social media for Lent. During those 40 days, I discovered a few things that I hope will be […]

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Published: March 25, 2020

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Published: March 18, 2020

CurlyRed has moved to working virtually with both our team and with client meetings, but we are keeping normal hours to serve you during this time. If your business or organization would like to discuss ways to adapt to this ever-changing climate, please don't hesitate to contact us. Photo by James Sutton on Unsplash

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Published: March 18, 2020

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. —Desmond Tutu It's easy to become swept up the in fear and worry in such uncertain times. But now, more than ever, we must look for ways to bring forth peace, love and faith that we will get through this […]

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Published: February 25, 2020

Take a look at this new branding, identity system and leave behind print pieces with created for Goodwill Retirement Community in Grantsville, MD! Brochure photography by Logan Marks of Marks Media 🙌 

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Published: February 12, 2020

Do you have weekend plans? If not, get excited—there are several local events happening that promise to drive anyone's “February blahs” away. And not one of them requires a Valentine (thank goodness, the only good thing about that Hallmark holiday is the chocolate, are we right?). The 39 Steps at Our Town Theatre Adapted by […]

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Published: February 6, 2020

Sometime a client comes along and you just know that it was meant to be. We met Pat and Michelle Hudnall, owners of  The Vagabond Taproom on Alder Street in downtown Oakland, through the Mountaintop Soccer Association. Their son was on a team with our oldest daughter, and we became friends quickly after that. So […]

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Published: January 28, 2020

Are you ready to Charleston with us? We’ll be doing a Gatsby-style party in downtown Oakland, Maryland THIS FRIDAY, January 31st to celebrate 13 wonderful years of CurlyRed. We’re inviting our clients, friends and family to join us in kicking off a new decade of good design for everyone. We'll be meeting at Sipside Lounge at […]

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CurlyRed First Fruit February 2020
Published: January 21, 2020

Do you love the month of February? Yeah, we used to hate it too. But then we decided to make the most of what can be a cold, dreary month. Back in 2017, CurlyRed began choosing two organizations (one here in Garrett County, and one in our hometown of Baltimore) to which we donate 10% […]

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Published: January 15, 2020

Happy 2020 everyone! We’ll be doing a Gatsby-style party in downtown Oakland, Maryland on Friday, January 31st to celebrate 13 wonderful years of CurlyRed. We’re inviting our clients, friends and family to join us in kicking off a new decade of good design for everyone. We'll be meeting at Sipside Lounge at 5pm for cocktails, […]

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CurlyRed Save the Date
Published: January 10, 2020

Happy 2020 everyone! We hope your year have gotten off to a great start. Here at CurlyRed, we’ve got a ton of new projects kicking off and we can't wait to share them with you. But first: we’re really excited to celebrate THIRTEEN YEARS of CurlyRed at the end of the month! We’ll be doing […]

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