Featured client: The New Mr. and Mrs. Amato!

So—this client is VERY near and dear to our hearts.

Kendall's younger brother, John Amato, V, was married to Samantha Tarlton this past Saturday in a beautiful celebration at Linganore Winecellars. CurlyRed had the extreme privilege of designing the save-the-date, invitations, and RSVP cards. 

This was our first time printing in spot foil and hand-lining foil envelopes, and we were thrilled with the outcome (a special thanks to Illiah of C&V for all of her wedding stationery wisdom)! We also love the marriage of the lovely handwritten with the clean san-serif typography.

There is so much we could say about this breathtaking day, but we’d rather show you with pictures! These are just a few of the visual details that added to the joy of the event:

We wish John and Sam the happiest of honeymoons, and blessings for a long life together.


Featured client: Clarity Centers

Clarity Centers is a new group counseling center in Towson, MD that believes the relationship between patient and therapist is of the upmost importance. Through fully engaged guided conversations with wise and compassionate counselors, patients can "end needless suffering" by learning self knowledge, self control and gaining clarity. 

Our client and long-time friend, Dr. Shawn Hales, wanted to visually express this mission and purpose through the imagery of a tree coming out of winter—representing the journey we as humans take to end suffering in our own lives. This tree and leaf imagery are coupled with a soothing, lovely color palette to set this practice apart.

(Side note: a quick shout out to Peter Davis Branding for their help in crafting the language and tagline for this new endeavor.)

It's not often that we hear from the spouses of our clients, but this one said: “Shawn's new business cards and logo are amazing. You have truly outdone yourself.”

We have loved working with Shawn and Clarity Centers, and look forward to launching their new website later this Spring.


Fellow Creative Spotlight: Studio Lola

Our long-time good friend, Jenn Tucker of Cafeteria Design has a new endeavor: Studio Lola! We're in love with these beautiful pillows and the care that goes into creating them.

“One of the privileges of entrepreneurship is the ability to make responsible, meaningful, and sustainable business decisions in matters that can make an impact, no matter the size. Studio Lola values the opportunity to practice a livelihood that you love, supports other entrepreneurs, and believes in always finding ways to lessen the human impact on the environment. That’s why Studio Lola donates a percentage of sales to Muses, a Seattle-based non-profit that equips low-income immigrants and refugees with skills and ethical job opportunities in apparel production. And whenever possible, Studio Lola sources locally made, 100% organic supplies from other small businesses.”

Studio Lola was also just featured in the Examiner. We’re extremely excited to see her business grow and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors (and please go support her)!


See Kendall Speak!

It's that time of year again—presentation time! CurlyRed is always honored to be a part of these great events. You can catch our president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig, presenting at the following:

Towson University's Women in Leadership Conference: April 2nd, 2016

from Towson University's website: “On Saturday April 2, 2016, Towson University will be hosting the Women in Leadership (WIL) Conference, Presented by the Center for Student Diversity. This conference will increase 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 

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

In the morning, industry leaders from independent design studio CurlyRed and the US Food and Drug Administration will give talks discussing the different skills needed to succeed in the professional world. These talks will be followed by a keynote talk from the Exhibit Design Team from the National Aquarium. After lunch, students will present their portfolios to regional design professionals and receive constructive, one-on-one evaluations.AIGA Baltimore is excited to host this annual event that brings together students and professionals who share a passion for design and its future. Join us and share your excitement on social media using the hashtag #inknpix16.”

Kendall is excited to present: "Are Virtual Teams the Future?" and will explore the beauty and the dangers of collaboration, delegation, and the freedom of working remotely, as a team, for a single purpose.

And last, but not least, Kendall is humbled and honored to preach this Sunday, March 13th at 9:30am, at her home church, New Hope Community Church, in Catonsville. The sermon is entitled "Sheep and harps, slingshots and hearts" and will be exploring David and his kingship. We would be thrilled to have you visit our church (there is even a wonderful children's ministry if you have a family).

If you do make it out to any of these talks, please say hi! Kendall would love to connect with you.


Meet our intern: Tia Calloway

Hi everyone! Meet Tia: our newest lovable member of this crazy CurlyRed family. 

We often take interns from local universities to help mentor them while they earn school credit. But we thought it would be sweet to interview her and find out what makes Tia tick.

Here we go!

1. Where do you go to school and when do you expect to graduate?

I attend Towson University in Towson, Maryland and I expect to graduate Wednesday, May 18, 2016!

2. Where were you born?

I was born in Washington, DC and raised in the surrounding suburbs in Prince George's County.

3. What's your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory is going to Disney World in Florida with my family and staying in Florida for a week when I was 11 years old.

4. Who's your favorite artist and why?

I have a lot of favorite artists, but I'd have to say that Louise Fili is my favorite designer. I love Dana Tanamachi's hand-lettering and Kathrin Honesta's illustrations.

5. When did you first fall in love with design?

I've been involved with art ever since I was 3 years old. But I first fell in love with design in middle school. I learned how to code MySpace (ha! remember Myspace?) layouts and had several websites that gave them away for free. This led to my love of coding and journey to learn HTML/CSS and some PHP.

6. What's you favorite design project you've worked on to date?

My favorite design project that I've worked on to date would have to be a campaign ad suite that I did for a nonprofit called the Red Nose Foundation. This organization provides children in Indonesia with art supplies and teaches them circus tricks at the same time.

7. What unique point of view do you bring to your design work?

I try to bring a fun and playful style to my personal design work. I love illustrating happy line-work and exciting, bright colors.

8. Why did you pick CurlyRed for your internship? What are you hoping to learn?

I chose to accept an offer to intern with CurlyRed because the President of the company, Kendall had so much insight during our interview. Her experience in the design world reflects a lot of the goals that I want to achieve once I graduate college. She is an admirably independent woman in a male-dominated field. I also identify as a woman and believe strongly in surrounding yourself with people and opportunities that will sharpen your skills. Working with Kendall so far has been really humbling. I've learned so much already! I'm hoping to also learn about business skills/relationships and how to be an involved designer. I want to work in the Baltimore community and help others.

9. What do you think about a) women in design and b) women in business?

Women in design are definitely some of the most influential artists. It always excites me to learn about a new, female designer. It gives me the motivation. Representation is so important. When I see a successful and noted female designer it gives me hope that I, too, can be something great. Women definitely belong in business. In high school I was involved in several Entrepreneurship clubs and camps, as well as Future Business Leaders of America and those programs taught me so much about the importance of having your voice be heard. Women are seen as objects in many cultures. They provide a certain level of wisdom and intuition that just doesn't come naturally to the opposite sex. In my opinion, women make great business leaders because many of them are gifted with a desire to lead AND nurture.

10. What's your favorite typeface and why?

My favorite typeface to use is often Futura. It's a beautiful sans-serif with tight kerning and a heavy weight. Super visually appealing to me.


Thank you, Tia! We love getting to know you and having you on board!
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