All posts tagged baltimore


Drink Me

Wonderland Cocktails
Fans of Molly’s Wonderland Kitchen food blog know that in addition to her fantastic recipes and food photography, there has been a steady stream of posts devoted to cocktails. And though you may find the occasional classic cocktail post, the majority of them are original recipes. So having developed a respectable menu of original cocktails, we decided to launch Wonderland Cocktails, a new cocktail service in Baltimore, Maryland offering anything from custom signature drinks to complete cocktail program consultations. The new site was a quick, fun build. Go check it out! Cheers.

Wonderland Cocktails

Site by Big Ring Creative

When musicians talk about someone with an amazing technical proficiency on their instrument, they say that person has “chops.” Similarly, when talking about composers, someone who has a command over a wide variety of styles and mediums—meaning they can create convincing and idiomatic music in any style—is also said to have chops. Adrian Hernandez is one of those people. Whether it’s scoring films, creating arrangements, or writing his own original compositions, he definitely has some serious chops. He also has some extremely professional looking examples of his work, which were very easy to showcase in a multimedia portfolio setting. Check it out.

Site by Big Ring Creative


Ride to redemption

It doesn’t take a great leap of the imagination to guess that I’m a fan of cycling. I’ve ridden a bike since I was a little boy and have been racing for about five years. And though I am generally a slave to my training plan—I pay to have a coach, so I’d better do what he tells me if I want to get my money’s worth—I took a brief hiatus from that structure in order to participate in this year’s Rapha Festive 500 Challenge.

The rules of the Challenge are simple: ride 500km (or more) during the week of Christmas, document your rides via GPS files, photos, blog posts, etc., and maybe win some prizes. I was one of over 3000 cyclists around the world who took part in the Festive 500 this year and when my week of riding was all said and done, I had logged 556 total kilometers (that’s roughly 345 miles). And after putting in an effort like that, I wanted to make sure that there was an excellent record of my journey.

So we made a video. The footage was shot between two cameras: a Canon EOS Rebel T2i and a GoPro HD Hero, which was graciously loaned to me by our friends at Twenty20 Cycling Company. I chose J Dilla’s “Dime Piece (Instrumental)” from The Shining as the soundtrack, as it seemed to capture my state of mind while on the rides. I’m very excited with how the video turned out. It was as fun to put together as all of the rides were. Check it out if you haven’t pushed play already! And you can read all my daily Festive 500 rides reports and see some photos I took along the way by clicking here. Allez!


Atypical composer

There’s a sort of sameness and monotony to how aspiring musicians and composers present themselves online. And many such sites eventually become drab unmaintained wastelands containing all the relevant information that one would seek—though I’m often astounded how many composer sites may not even have audio samples—and presented in such a boring and uninviting way that it doesn’t inspire the user to explore beyond the page they’ve found themselves on, insuring that the remainder of the composer’s oeuvre stays dusty and hidden. So when Baltimore-based composer Ruby Fulton got in touch about a website redesign, we wanted to make sure we avoided those pitfalls.

Ruby has a very unique compositional voice and it was important to us that her site stood out from the standard composer web fare. Her pieces tend to be extremely topical so we decided that a portfolio-style setup would help create a visual interest in her already sonically interesting work. We’re very happy with the outcome and especially like the fun of sorting through pieces by instrumentation grouping on the main portfolio page. Check it out and give it a spin (and listen)!

Site by Big Ring Creative


So, hey, looks like this is a small business or something. Yes, that’s exactly what it is. Over the years I’ve done web design work for some of my close friends, people who’ve helped me out, and for a handful of my own projects. It’s something I enjoy doing and thought it was about time to go legit on the business end. So, there you have it, Big Ring Creative.

While website work will likely be BRC’s flagship service, we have also more than dabbled in a variety of other forms of digital media, such as podcasts and short videos. Hey, you can check some of that work out too in the portfolio.

The overarching thing we shoot for with any work we do is simplicity—minimalist design is beautiful—and functionality. A website should not only look good, but it should also be easy to use. As our tag line says, this is a “small batch” operation, meaning we try to create the highest quality work for our clients. There’s one very important distinction we want to make with our small batch/whiskey analogy: when we say quality, we don’t mean you spend a fortune. Quite the contrary. We are committed to providing clients with the highest quality product for the lowest possible price. Why? Because this is fun. Simple as that. Really.

So what’s with “Big Ring”? As you may have deduced, it’s an allusion to cycling. I’m a competitive cyclist and love cycling. For cyclists, the “big ring” is a metaphor for going big and taking it to the limit. Though we bike racers love to romanticize cycling, the big ring trope can be applied to life as well. I’m not a half-ass kind of guy, which is why I find it meaningful.


We present THE FIRST

As we’ve finally gotten our act together and decided that having a little web design and digital media company is a good idea, we’ve mined the archives for stuff we did and that would look kind of handsome in our portfolio. And actually, the site we did for Metro Gallery turns out to be the first site we consider part of the business. So, yeah, it’s the first! Maybe it’s a bad idea to let this cat out of the bag, but I actually turned this around in less than 24 hours. BUT, Sarah Williams, Metro’s proprietor, was SUPER prepared and knew exactly what she wanted. I like that. Again, it’s always great to help really awesome people out, especially those who have helped me out so much over the years and who do so much to enrich Baltimore’s cultural life. Check out the site!

Site by Big Ring Creative


When my friends told me they were opening a new bike shop in Baltimore—in my neighborhood, no less—and asked me if I’d be willing to make a website for them the answer was a no-brainer. I obviously love cycling and I love doing work for people who have a passion for their craft or their business or their whatever. The guys at Twenty20 are the most knowledgable, professional, and courteous dudes in Baltimore. It’s been exciting to watch the shop continue to grow and flourish since they opened just a little over a year ago. I’m glad to have had a small part in helping to get the shop off the ground. Check it out!

Website redesign for Twenty20 Cycling Company

Site by Big Ring Creative