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.


New client work: Dogs and cats and bugs, oh my!

It's so beautiful outside, and this spring weather is making us do the happy dance in our office chairs! You know what else makes us so happy? New client work that we can show off!

First up, a beautiful, stylish website for Animal Eye Care, a national organization that offers advanced medical and surgical therapy for the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems in pets and the advancement of vision in all species. We love the color palette and muted textures, the brand-new streamlined branding CurlyRed created for them, and the "eye"-catching imagery that all works together to inform and reassure AEC's clientele.

Next up: new branding for Unscripted Stationery, is a boutique provider of custom invitations and stationery, dedicated to helping their clients share their news! This was a fun project from start to finish, and the small silhouette of a golden retriever just makes it all the more personal to owner Meg Lawrence. Here's what she had to say:

"Working with CurlyRed was such a pleasure. The process was smooth from start to finish and I am thrilled with my new business logo!"

Last but not least: today our newest website creation is live, a total redesign for long-time client, Scientific Insect Control! It's full of important information about insect control for various industries, allows you to request an appointment online, and seamlessly integrates social media. Plus, as most of our websites, SIC's new site is powered by Wordpress so our client has the ability to quickly and simply update certain content in-house.

Like what you see? Contact us today for a free consultation!


What are YOU doing this April?

CurlyRed is happy to be a part of these upcoming events, and we hope you can join us!

1. M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal design of CurlyRed, will be "speed mentoring" along with many other fabulous women at the BBJ's BizWomen Mentoring Monday. Yay for women in business!

2. Are you struggling to navigate the creative waters? Thinking about switching careers but have no idea how? Have we got the panel for YOU! We are friends will all three panelists, and can't WAIT to hear what they have to say! This is B'More Creatives first event of 2014, and it's not one to miss. Registration ends Monday

3. M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal design of CurlyRed, will be speaking on "What's Your Worth? Negotiating Value as Your Own Boss" at Towson University's Women in Leadership Conference next Friday, April 11th at 11:15 a.m! More info here.

4. M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal design of CurlyRed, will be reviewing portfolios at Ink and Pixels 2014, Baltimore's 2nd Annual Graphic Design Conference just for Students is on Saturday, 4/12! Register to grab your spot and save by 4/4 for this all-day event that includes 2 great design talks, lunch and up to 6 portfolio reviews! Details at bmoreaiga.org.


Another radio show, tomorrow morning at 11am (this time about branding)!

 Piggy Bank Promotions

Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

CurlyRed president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig will once again be chatting with Writer and PR expert Wendy Meyeroff of Piggy Bank Promotions at 11am tomorrow (Thursday March 13th)!
Please tune in to hear us discuss the difference between verbal and visual branding, the importance of color, consistency in branding and much more. Then, after you listen, please let us know what you think!


New work and testimonials!

At CurlyRed, we love our clients (yes, we do say that a LOT), but it's always nice when we get the chance to work on projects that are both fun and really well-received. We wanted to share a couple of recent projects with you:

Our friend, mover/shaker/media-specialist-to-the-stars Matthew Winner wanted new branding for his well-followed podcast, Let's Get Busy. Matthew loves all things whimsical, graphic and eye-catching. So we stuck with a simple and bold color palette, fun typefaces and a sketchy-drawing illustrations. This is what Matthew had to say:

"It was clear from the outset that CurlyRed took the time to understand the client for which they were designing a logo. CurlyRed's design not only captured the energy and enthusiasm of the podcast, but also the focus on fun and exploration. It's a logo that represents the podcast well and one that I know speaks for my work before others even begin to listen."

Our second featured project was for long-time client Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. They contacting us to design our first ever—wait for it— INFOGRAPHIC! Yes, we might be just a little into infographics and this project highlighting the EAGB's accomplishments in 2013 was pure joy. Here's what Melanie Kelleher, the Director of Marketing had to say:

"Thanks as always for your incredible work, flexibility and creativity...you are amazing to work with!"

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


Tomorrow: Kendall chats about being a working mom!

Since everyone will be snowed in tomorrow (2.13.14) and not working anyway, set your alarm, and log onto Piggy Bank Promotions at 11am! 

Then you can listen to CurlyRed president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig discuss balancing running a successful design firm and raising two small girls. Writer and PR expert Wendy Meyeroff interviews Kendall on influential women in her life, scheduling, expectation management and delegating the small stuff. We hope you can tune in. Stay warm and safe, everyone!


What a celebration!

Clockwise from top left: CurlyRed fan James Taavon gives us a grin;
CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig poses with client Maryellen May;
"Mr. CurlyRed," aka Mark Ludwig, sips on a "CurlyRed-tini";
 CurlyRed fans and friends mingled in the newly renovated CurlyRed office;
CurlyRed's logo in bright red vinyl graces the main office wall.

7 years of CurlyRed-ness translated into one killer party last Friday night! Thanks to everyone who made it out. Over signature cocktails and snacks, networking and fun was had by all in our fabulous office. Here's to another 7 years (and beyond)!


7 years old TODAY!

Over 100 clients served. Countless cups of coffee and networking events attended. Tears of joy and frustration (sometimes both in the same day!). Multiple speeches, coaching sessions and life lessons learned. Our hope is that CurlyRed has made the world better with the usable art we've created. Thank YOU for being part of our ultimate goal: good design for everyone. We hope to see you tonight to CELEBRATE!


10 days AND only 11 tickets left!

There are still a few spots left for our 7 Years of CurlyRed Open House next Friday night from 5:30-8:30, but they are going fast! Free food, drinks, networking and all-around good times in our newly renovated office.

If you'd like to join us and you'd like an invitation delivered directly to your inbox, please contact us at kendall@curlyred.com today!


What Tim Gunn taught me: now at mycity4her.com!

Tim Gunn is such a handsome devil.

Monyka Berrocosa, CEO of MyCity4Her, Inc, approached us to share our thoughts on design and business. President and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig, gave a talk in 2013 about her deep respect for Tim Gunn and love of Project Runway. She decided that this same subject manner would translate really well into a guest blog post to help guide and inspire other women in business:

"Entrepreneurship can take many forms, one of the fastest growing fields is the field of design. We decided to approach one of our more successful and entrepreneurial subscribers Kendall Ludwig, the Founder and Creative Director of Curly Red, a Baltimore-based firm and ask her to share her thoughts about what it takes to build a successful design business. Kendall, who often speaks to groups of aspiring designers, and is actively involved in an innovative, supportive community for women in the design field in the Baltimore region called Bmore Creatives, had the following to share."


Open House to Celebrate 7 Years of CurlyRed!

We are 7 years old! And YOU: our clients, friends, followers and fellow creatives have gotten us here! We want to say THANK YOU!

To mix it up a little: we are having an open house at our newly renovated office! Drinks and appetizers are on us. So drop on by, for an hour or the entire evening. Come have a drink, and do some networking while you're at it.

This event is invite-only, with limited space, so if you haven't already received your invitation, contact us at kendall@curlyred.com today.

We look forward to sharing our new space with you!
good design for everyone