CurlyRed | A Design Blog

Published: September 1, 2022

It's been an eventful week for us. This past Monday, CurlyRed joined the ranks of property owners in downtown Oakland and purchased the former CMCI building at 208 South Second Street St, Oakland, MD 21550. The location is just behind Englander's and right across the street from the town parking lot, in the heart of […]

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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: 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: 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: March 2, 2018

Thank you to all of our amazing (both new and returning) clients for making 2018's CurlyRed's First Fruits February the best one yet! Next week, we'll be sending out checks to both Simple Sacrifice (visit Simple Sacrifice's website here) and I Can Swim (visit I Can Swim's website here), our 2018 First Fruits February recipients! […]

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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 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. […]

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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: October 27, 2015

M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer I just finished “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert (fantastic, by the way!), and feeling inspired to embrace CurlyRed's creativity and uniqueness in the marketplace. Furthermore, my husband, Mark Ludwig, told me recently how much he still believes in CurlyRed's vision, or our “why.” This got me thinking. From CurlyRed's […]

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Published: June 26, 2013

We found this oldie-but-a-goodie while preparing for a talk on Photoshop. The more you know!

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Published: November 16, 2012

Ahh, Thanksgiving. There are so many reasons we adore this holiday. It goes without mentioning that the food is something we look forward to all year long. Then there's the time we get to spend with family, elaborate parades, lots of football, and a color palette that goes rather nicely with red hair.But above all, being […]

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Published: July 23, 2012

At CurlyRed, we've never really created an infographic. But recently, we've been seeing them all over the place. And we just love how they present information, in such an interesting visual way (if done well). These inspire us! We hope they inspire you too. If CurlyRed was to make an infographic, what should it be […]

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Published: November 4, 2011

Good morning! Just a friendly reminder that if you'd like CurlyRed to create your custom Interactive Holiday Card for 2011, your order must be placed by 5pm today, November 4th, to ensure holiday delivery.We are very excited about the holiday cards we are already working on—let us help you stand apart from the crowd this holiday […]

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Published: November 3, 2011

This morning at the Center Club in Baltimore, we had the pleasure of seeing Mario Armstrong give a great presentation of how to use technology to grow your business. He mentioned things like making your website mobile-friendly, streamlining voicemail, note-taking assistants like EverNote, and how to run more effective meetings. It gave us some great […]

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Published: October 7, 2011

Ludwig Painting was one of CurlyRed's very first web clients. When Josh Ludwig, the owner, expressed that he was ready for a "reboot," we were ready for the challenge.Our web guru, Mark, did an outstanding job of giving the new site a clean, polished and super professional feel. And the beautiful photography was completed by […]

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Published: September 15, 2011

We've been making strides here at CurlyRed to make working with non-profits an important part of our company. Why? Well, first of all, non-profits do so much to benefit the communities we live in. We support them and want to help them in the missions that have chosen to pursue. Secondly, there are thousands of […]

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Published: December 22, 2010

We want to take a moment and thank all of you: our clients, our fans on Facebook, readers of our blog, our friends, and our family! As our 3rd year of business comes to a close, it's hard to imagine CurlyRed not always being around. But it wouldn't be without all of your love, support […]

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Published: November 16, 2010

CurlyRed is pleased to announce that we have developed the branding for an amazing store called HeARTwares by Art With a Art! HeARTwares is having an opening celebration on Saturday, December 4th from 3-6 pm! Click here for all the details, we hope you can make it out!Art with a Heart brings its visual art […]

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Published: September 20, 2010

Thanks to Emily at Moveable Feast for blogging about CurlyRed's happy hour! And please consider donating your time, money or food to this great organization.

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Published: September 17, 2010

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and we are always on the lookout for amazing work our fellow designers are creating. But when thinking about redesigning our website, we were particularly interested in finding other websites that have a similar aesthetic to ours. And here are some of our favorites: We love this site for the […]

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Published: September 15, 2010

So in the next few days, we will be sharing with you some websites we've found that we really love, but first... Our friends Lisa and Matthias got married a few weeks ago, and we were blown away by every personal touch and detail. From the hand crafted beer and beer labels, to the hundreds […]

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Published: September 13, 2010

Happy Monday everyone! Here at CurlyRed, we are working on a huge project: redesigning our website! It's no small feat, and something we've been wanting to do for, well, a really long time. But then came a baby, and she threw everything off-track (in the best way possible). But now that we are moving full […]

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Published: August 26, 2010

(thanks Amy, for sending us this link!) Copyright © Adele Enersen Blogger A Cup of Jo created a totally brilliant photo series of her daughter, see the full post here. Margot, future CEO of CurlyRed, would have been a perfect model for this campaign. However, we doubt she would have stayed asleep through the mayhem. […]

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Published: August 3, 2010

(thanks once again to our intern Sarah, for putting together this blog post!) People all over the world are trying to make packages that are “cool” looking and functional beyond just holding said product. Now “cool” can be defined in a million different ways because well, it depends on the person talking about it. There […]

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Published: June 18, 2010

Looking for a great Father's Day gift? Go tomorrow, Saturday, June 19th, from 2-4 pm to the Greetings & Readings in Hunt Valley, MD. Larry Lichtenauer will be signing copies of his book, 101 Tips to Help Improve the Youth Sports Coaching Experience (cover and layout design by CurlyRed, cover illustration by Peggy Fussell). This […]

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Published: December 23, 2009

Thank you so much for another great year. May your holidays be very joyous, safe and a time to spend with those you love. And as our special gift to you, here is the birth announcement we designed for our daughter Margot! Enjoy! We will be back in full force in the new year, ready […]

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Published: February 26, 2009

Art show, networking, cheap drinks, free food, and wine tastings all at one place! We hope to see you out tonight.

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Published: February 20, 2009

CurlyRed is sponsoring this event, so make sure you're there! Thursday,February 26th,6 - 9pm @ Lemongrass1300 Bank Street(Entrance on Central Ave, before intersection of Bank St.)Baltimore, MD 21231410.327.7835We have the upstairs lounge! $8 in advance* | $10 at the door Drink: Exclusive Happy Hour Specials for duration of event Here is the list so far […]

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Published: January 28, 2009

My brother-in-law called my attention to The Pinup Blog. Jaime Caudill has written a blog post I can relate to. I particularly enjoy this quote by Mark Twain:“While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.” It certainly put a smile on this redhead's face. Thanks Eric!

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Published: November 21, 2008

For those of you who are lucky enough to own an iPhone, we have designed a CurlyRed wallpaper. You can download it for free at ideal size (320 x 480 @ 180 ppi) by clicking on the above image. This will open the image in a new window where you can drag (or right-click) and […]

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Published: October 24, 2008

Happy Friday everyone, We are pleased to announce that we have added a new website to our portfolio section, HEGRA Architects! We worked with Ed Goldberg, owner of HEGRA to redesign his menu and restructure his site to be more efficient and better organized. We will be updating our site again soon with more portfolio […]

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Published: August 26, 2008

Check it out!It now has a link to this blog, a new website in the portfolio section, and all new testimonials!As always, any feedback is welcome. Enjoy!

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Published: August 21, 2008

Do you live in the Baltimore area and want to intern for CurlyRed? CurlyRed Inc. is a local graphic design company that is looking an intern for the Fall 2008 semester. This internship is open to college students working on their degree in graphic design. It is an unpaid position, consisting of 8-10 hours per […]

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Published: July 29, 2008

My friend Neil Blumberg over at Aquent suggested that I talk a little bit about the following girl in my life:She's a beauty, isn't she? Well, she's been a blessing and a burden. I've had a deep love for pinup art for years now. I've found it to be beautiful and fun. They are pieces […]

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Published: July 22, 2008

A year and two days ago was my last day at Polk Audio. I had been at Polk for almost 4 years and it really was the place where I made my transition from a student of design to a professional, experienced designer. I had amazing coworkers and a creative director who really mentored me […]

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