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!


Look for us at these great upcoming events!

Spring has sprung (kind of), and with it comes a crop of events for women in business and students in design! CurlyRed is always honored to be a part of these programs. You can catch our president and principal design, M. Kendall Ludwig at the following:

from the BBJ: “MEET YOUR MENTOR at the 2nd Annual Baltimore Business Journal BIZWOMEN MENTORING MONDAY EVENT. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching sessions for seven minute conversations.”

AIGA's Ink & Pixels Student Design Conference: April 11th, 2015

from AIGA Baltimore: “Ink & Pixels, AIGA Baltimore’s Student Design Conference, is one of the area’s largest events focused on helping students and recent graduates prepare for a career in design!

The event is divided into two parts. In the morning, industry leaders will present exciting breakout sessions discussing the different skills needed to succeed in the professional world, followed by a keynote talk from the Global Environments Design Team at Under Armour.

After lunch, attendees will present their portfolios to regional design professionals and receive constructive, one-on-one evaluations. Students and recent grads, this is your chance to show professional designers your portfolio in a no-risk, non-competitive environment. The portfolio review is designed to give you advice and insight that will improve the way you present yourself and your work. You will practice your interview skills and receive honest feedback about your portfolio and resumé.”

Towson University's Women in Leadership Conference: April 18th, 2015

from Towson Unviersity's website: “The Women in Leadership (WIL) Conference increases the leadership capacity of female students and prepares them for success in the workplace. This is a selective event, only 100 students nominated by deans, faculty members or staff, are invited to attend. Students participate in a full-day conference with workshops presented by alumnae, local businesswomen, and Towson faculty. The program also includes a post-conference networking event where a small group of students connect with college deans and conference speakers.

The theme of the 2015 Conference will be Identify. Evolve. Empower.”


We hope to see you at these events—please say hi!


What a great party!

 President and principal designer Kendall with fellow B'More Creatives 
board members Rachel and Hazel, and CurlyRed assistant to the stars, Gena

  CurlyRed family members: Chip, Madeline and John

   Kendall poses with friends Glen, Mary, Tuley, Michael and Linda

    CurlyRed networking partner Tony and friend Toyao

    Mt. Washington Tavern took great care of us!

Kendall grabs a selfie with former CurlyRed intern Phil

It was so nice to see so many of you gathered together last Tuesday at Mt. Washington Tavern for 8 Years of CurlyRed-ness! We look forward to getting together again soon. Thanks to everyone who came out!
good design for everyone