Happy (almost) Galentine's Day!

If you are Parks and Recreation fans like we are, then you already know about the awesome holiday that happens every February 13th: Galentine's Day. We love it, because, we are obviously all about Girl Power, but we also love having a day to celebrate all of the important women in our lives.

In that spirit, we hope that all of you creative designer and developer gals out there can join us on February 23, from 7-9pm for B'More Creatives and Girl Develop It Baltimore's "Girl Power Happy Hour" happening at Pen & Quill. Should be an awesome time of networking and bringing out our inner superheros. Register for tickets here (less than a dozen left, so hurry!): https://girlpowerhappyhour.eventbrite.com

So have a wonderful Galentine's Day, and enjoy these new printable cards from Amy Poehler's Smart Girls to help you celebrate!


Merry Christmas from CurlyRed!

We are closing up shop until January 4th, 2016.
We wish you and yours and joyous and anxiety-free holiday!


Client Testimonial: Infographic for Betamore

We have been long-time fans of Betamore, a co-working and educational space for technology and entrepreneurship in downtown Baltimore. So we were thrilled when they came to us with this infographic project that visually captured all of the progress Betamore has made in the past three years. Using the playful color palette of Betamore's branding with fun hand-drawn icons, CurlyRed delivered two final (light and dark) options for the different applications they might need.

Hats off to you, Betamore! It was a joy to create this for you. Here's what they had to say:

CurlyRed provided the strong design we needed to simply capture an entire year in one infographic. The team was also highly responsive, and we would consider CurlyRed for future work.
—Sean McElroy, Director of Membership + Partnerships


What does "Good design for everyone" actually mean?

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 “about” page: “As our business has grown and we’ve developed deeper relationships with more businesses, I’ve realized that there is an even more important challenge ahead. I see, over and over again, other design firms and advertising agencies holding their work ransom for sums impossible for anyone to afford, except the largest and wealthiest companies. Something seems fundamentally wrong about that. There are far too many small business and non-profits with great vision but a limited marketing budget. Don’t they deserve the same access to good design?”

But I want to expand for a minute. Every time I speak about my “why,” 
questions come up, such as:

As a business owner, don't you want to make money?

Yes, I would love if this business continues to help support my family, and enable us to give back. But the dollar isn't driving my business—my love of creativity, and my desire to serve the outliers and the over-looked drives me. To serve the companies and organizations who assume that they could never afford strong branding, a great website, etc. The ones that go to a few agencies, get quotes, and walk away discouraged.

Does that mean that everyone can afford you?
Sadly, no. If marketing isn't a priority, or if a potential client comes to CurlyRed hoping to get the same rate as a student or crowdsourcing website, they might not see the true value of our services. But we do our absolutely best to work with our clients' budgets, and develop creative ways to make our services as affordable as possible.

Besides cost, why else would someone pick CurlyRed over a large firm or agency?

It's actually a long list, but here are a few reasons:

1. The client will get to work directly with me. Yes, I have a team working with me, but I am involved in every client relationship, and have a creative hand in each project.

2. A real person answers the phone when you call (during normal office hours).

3. We deliver within our clients’ budgets. Always.

4. Our clients know exactly what they are getting with CurlyRed, from the very first meeting. We lay out our expectations as clearly as possible, and make sure we are on the same page with our client before starting any job.

5. Everything we create is custom. No templates, and no recycled design work. That goes for our branding, print and web work.

6. When we meet to discuss your project, CurlyRed works hard to discover who our clients are, and design around their needs and preferences. We listen. We care. We want the creative process to be a relationship, a dialogue.


Convinced? Almost? Awesome. Please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.


A winning combination: creatives, pumpkin carving, and free drinks!

We are SO excited for this event! 

B'More Creatives is teaming up with Betamore and for a night of spook-tacular fun 
(we can't wait to see what fun carvings these creatives come up with). 

Join us on Oct 30th at our Pumpkin Carving Soiree: http://tinyurl.com/pumpkinsoiree


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.

good design for everyone