9.20.2010

Moveable Feast's Blog Post about CurlyRed

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.

9.17.2010

Step 2: Get Inspired! (Part 2)

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 Renegade Craft Fair, which just happened last weekend in Chicago. The playfulness of the handwritten top banner and buttons fit perfectly with the imagery of the handmade goods the site features. The color palette, illustrations and wood panel background texture give it a vintage feel.

The site is for a design firm in Tennessee called Level 2 Design. Rarely does a website succeed in transporting the viewer to another place and time like this site does. We also think their portfolio is showcased quite nicely.

Ahhh...good old Design Sponge. This is, hands down, one of the best design blogs on the web. And the layout, while very simple, works perfectly for the abundance of content. The texture of each element and the layering style really gives a 3-dimensional feel to the whole site. Apparently, they are in the process of redesigning their site as well. We look forward to seeing what they come up with.

Last but not least, we think it's pretty obvious why we were drawn to this site of the Dallas Advertising Agency, Targetscope. Yes, we do have a deep love for all things pinup.

Hope you enjoy these websites as much as we did! Have a great weekend.

9.15.2010

Step 2: Get Inspired!


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 of paper cranes, to the vintage glass used in the centerpieces, it was perfection. The entire day just felt so...THEM. They reminded us that everything you do should be incredibly unique to who you are. We want our website to be just as unique and creative. Thanks, Lisa and Matthais, for inspiring us!

Here are some more snapshots:


9.13.2010

Let's start with color...

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 steam ahead, we would like to give you a sneak peak on our creative process. One of the first steps for us was creating our color palette. So we went to our favorite color picker, Kuler, to put together some swatches. And here's what we came up with:


When you see these colors together, it seems awfully bright, almost garish. But used the right way, like on our existing website, you can see how well this palette works. Therefore, we think we will be picking to a similar basic palette, but perhaps adding in some more muted tones, and a whole lot of TEXTURE.

In our next blog post, we will be sharing with you some other websites that have truly inspired us. Stay tuned!
 
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