Featured clients: R.K. Tongue and Holy Trinity Christian Day School

This month at CurlyRed, we are thrilled to have two more website projects under our belt. One is a long-time client and Baltimore-based insurance firm called R.K. Tongue. The other is a brand new client, a Christian childcare and day school in Laurel, MD called Holy Trinity Christian Day School.

R.K. Tongue was looking for a fresh, high-end new look (and a revised, softer color palette) with a sophisticated down-down menu, and a solution to the challenge of having a large amount of important content to convey to their customers.

Holy Trinity Day School needed a total visual overhaul, with new branding, engaging imagery, an easy-to-update calendar, and easy-to-view PDFs for parents of the students. 

If you're looking for a fully custom, mobile-friendly website, with the element of the unexpected, please contact CurlyRed today. We'd love to help you bring your vision to fruition. 


CurlyRed @ Get Found University!

Are you thinking about a website refresh or facelift? Do you want to create a stronger online presence? Are you curious about how to create a dynamic and captivating website for your company or organization?

You're in luck: that's what M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed will be discussing, as part of Baltimore Innovation Week. Discover where website design is going, and how to quickly and effectively communicate and engage with your customers. Kendall will discuss branding, color, content, imagery, mobile-friendliness and much more!

Get Found University is on Thursday, October 1st, 9-12:30pm at the University of Baltimore.  Wanna come? Buy tickets here.


Featured client: Kellie Holoski, Medical Illustrator to the stars

Now THIS was a super-fun job to work on. Not only is Kellie’s work outstanding, but we were able to work together to create new branding and a new look for her portfolio website to really showcase her talent and impressive client list. 

We share a love for white space and stunning typography. And the final result is a functional, clean and beautiful mobile-friendly website! 

As always, we are available to discuss your branding, print and/or web design needs and help YOU create something beautiful! Contact us today.


Featured Client: Ludwig Painting and "Mobilegeddon"

Josh Ludwig, CEO of Ludwig Painting and cousin of president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig, was very happy with the website we created for him a few years ago. But WE had one major problem with it: it wasn't mobile-friendly.

As you've most likely heard by now, Google began rolling out a search engine update on April 21st, dubbed “Mobilegeddon.”

 From Google: “We’re boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results. Now searchers can more easily find high-quality and relevant results where text is readable without tapping or zooming, tap targets are spaced appropriately, and the page avoids unplayable content or horizontal scrolling.”

So basically: if your site isn't optimized for mobile, your site is most likely already losing MAJOR traffic on mobile searches. This is especially important given that, as of this year, mobile devices are now the main source of Google search traffic.

Due to this news, we at CurlyRed have decided that mobile-friendly sites will now become the standard for all of our customers moving forward. 

As you can see, Ludwig Painting's site looks as fantastic in mobile form as it does on a desktop—and Josh no longer needs to worry about losing out on potential mobile traffic and customers. 

So if you're in need of a website that looks great on every device, contact us today!


Design Inspiration and Travel: Nashville

We decided to celebrate 11 (yes, 11) wonderful years of marriage by taking a trip to Nashville. And we were inspired the entire trip! There are such wonderful treasures in "Music City," here are just a few we want to share:

This little gem of a coffee shop was totally unique and very East Nashville—industrial, artistic and very-well branded.

From the website:

Hatch Show Print (started in 1879) now resides at 224 5th Avenue South, in four different spaces designed and built to suit the demands and mission of such a busy icon of design, letterpress printing, and history:
• A large print shop where visitors can watch posters roll off the presses;

• A store with wall space to display the 100-plus posters created by the print shop and available for purchase;

• Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery, featuring historic restrikes of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as Master Printer Jim Sherraden’s monoprints—contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the classic wood blocks of Hatch Show Print; and

• Hatch Show Print Space for Design, a classroom and workshop space that will offer visitors and clients opportunities to learn more through demonstrations, hands-on printing and more in-depth programs.

One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to the record label, venue and shop of the great Jack White—one of our all-time favorite musicians. Every detail of his shop was so well-thought out, it was awe-inspiring!

So, that's our short and incomplete list. And don't plan on losing weight while you're there—did we mention the incredible BBQ? hot chicken? biscuits? GooGoos? EVERYTHING?

If you get the chance to visit the great city of Nashville, don't hesitate. We loved it!


We love you, Baltimore!

For those of you who have asked, thank you! We at CurlyRed are safe, we are open for business, and we are overwhelmingly encouraged by the current peace and restoration being brought to our city.

Baltimore is our home, and we are very grateful to be here.


Summer 2015 Internship Available

CurlyRed Inc. is a Baltimore-based branding, print and web design firm. CurlyRed opened its doors in 2007 with the desire to create usable art, and has provided creative and timeless branding, print and web solutions for companies and non-profits across the country. In 2011, CurlyRed was officially certified as a MBE/WBE business by the State of Maryland.

We believe in good design for everyone.

This internship is open to college students working on their degree in graphic design. It is an unpaid position, for college credit. The days/hours for this internship are somewhat flexible, CurlyRed will work around class and work schedules. The internship will start in June.

Intern duties:
  • Assisting Ms. Ludwig (the owner of CurlyRed) with the production (and possible design) of print and web materials, including but not limited to logos, identities, publications, brochures, advertisements, posters, promotional materials, websites, etc.
  • Scanning images, color correcting or modifying images, and updating design files.
  • Providing administrative office support, including file and database management, answering the phone, and other office-related tasks.
  • Possibly accompanying Ms. Ludwig to occasional client meetings and/or networking events.

Candidates should have:
  • Proficiency with the following programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and Word.
  • Some samples or a portfolio of design work.
  • Reliable transportation—CurlyRed is located in the Reisterstown, MD area.
  • A Macbook with Adobe Creative Suite CS installed.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Desire to learn about the business side as well as the creative side or what comes with owning a graphic design business.

If you think you'd be a good fit, please email kendall@curlyred.com with your resume and samples of your work. Thank you!
good design for everyone