Happy Thanksgiving and One Request...

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All of us at CurlyRed wish you a very joyous, safe and restful Thanksgiving. We hope that your holiday is filled with delicious food, and quality friends and family time.

But for many individuals in our own neighborhoods, this is a time of year when it is a struggle to buy groceries or pay a utilities bill. And our hearts go out to them. Ed Hartman and his team of volunteers at the Community Crisis Center in Reisterstown are doing amazing things to help our community (as you'll see from the infographic above).

We ask that you please consider financially supporting this amazing organization this holiday season. Thank you!


Client Spotlight: Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) is a not-for-profit economic development organization led by a partnership of regional business executives, elected government officials and leaders from higher education, focused on fostering business retention and development, job creation and new investment throughout the Greater Baltimore region.

CurlyRed was been working with the EAGB for two years now, and it’s been an absolute pleasure! Here are some of are favorite pieces we've created, including our most recent project, an infographic celebrating all of the fantastic colleges and universities in Baltimore (see above)! Our client said:

“This is perfect! It’s drawing rave reviews from everyone, so I think we can call it a success.”


Guest Blogging: A Supply List for Great Design

DC Social Magazine asked CurlyRed to write a guest blog about design, so we created "A Supply List for Great Design." Here's an excerpt:

3. Tap into and be inspired by your local community.

I’m a Baltimore girl, through and through. And I’m constantly amazed and inspired by what happens in this city. If you want to be inspired too, check out the Baltimore Museum of Art (the Cone Collection alone is worth the trip), window shop in Hampden, or book a table for dinner at Petit Louis. You can thank me later.

You can read the whole article here.


Monthly Pinterest: One Graphic Designer's Wish List

In CurlyRed land, August means fun summer birthday times. 

This year, president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig put together some gift ideas that speak to her love of beautiful fall clothing, reading, the Baltimore Ravens, tech, and, of course, design! We think these items would make most creative women swoon.

Let us know what you think!


Android's inspiration?

Mark Ludwig has brought some very interesting news to our attention: Android has new branding, and it looks strangely familiar.

From The Verge's article:

"Posted earlier this week by Twitter account @upleaks, the alleged 17-second boot animation for LG's upcoming G Watch features the usual stylings of a Google-influenced Android device — but the interesting part comes at the end, when an all-new Android word mark appears. It's entirely in lowercase and has a softer, friendlier feel than the robotic futurism of the current logo — the only questions are whether it's real, and if so, whether it'll be canon for all Android branding going forward."

( Android is currently using the new logo on their main website, so I think we can assume that this is their new look.)

When we revised our CurlyRed logo in 2011, we took our favorite typeface, Century Gothic, and added the "curl" shape to both the "y" and "d" to reflect our name. But then we manually modified some of the character forms to feel more consistent and to flow visually. It appears that Android had the same desire. And the end result is beautiful and clean.

But, come on! Check out the "r"s! End of story.

Android, we're watching you!


Farewell, Hot Air!

We just received the sad news that our client, Hot Air Dry Bar, is closing its doors. We have truly loved working with them, and wish owners Joy and Kate, much happiness and joy moving forward.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces CurlyRed created for Hot Air:


The Colors of Wes Anderson

At CurlyRed, we are constantly inspired. 

A great source of inspiration is the artistic elements used in film. The costumes in Chicago and Moulin Rouge!, the typography in The Artist, the illustration style in Monsters Inc., and even the set design of childhood favorite Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory can all serve to create great ideas.

In our opinion, Wes Anderson is as much an artist as he is a film director. And he uses color better than any other director we can think of. In his brilliant work such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenebaums, every visual detail is taken into consideration. This leads to stunning color palettes that completely encompass the mood, character and respective time periods of each film.

We are not the only ones to notice. A Tumblr of Wes Anderson Palettes has popped up, and we couldn't help but share. Hope you’re inspired as well! Enjoy.

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