Detroit website designer and Michigan native, Olivia F. Gresham started coding at the age of twelve, in 1999. She was introduced to HTML by her father, a self-employed software developer. Already leaning towards design from previous years of creating jewelry and sewing, she learned to design and develop websites simultaneously.
After her freshman year of high school 2001 and a few projects done for her school. Her father helped her land a paid internship with Ohio FAIR Plan, an insurance company he was designing software for. She interned as a website designer and front-end developer creating the help system for the in-house software. She came back for three summers straight coding and designing.
Fast-forward to her junior and senior year of high school she took 3D animation classes and decided to pursue a career as a 3D animator. So she attended The Savannah College of Art and Design and absolutely hated 2D animation, a prerequisite for 3D animation and switched to Visual Effects as a major at the end of her freshman year. She then added Industrial Design as a second major in Fall 2005, the start of her second year of college. By the end of her sophomore year she majored in Visual Effects with a minor in Composition and majored in Industrial Design with a minor in Interaction Design. In May 2009, she graduated burnt out and didn’t design or code for seven months.
On Thanksgiving Day, she came home exhausted from working at Waffle House and was so upset she was too tired to make her own dinner she decided to launch her own business so she’d never had to work another Thanksgiving. For a few months she juggled two jobs while launching OGiDesigns and attracting clients. In February she landed her first major contract with Trevelino Keller working on brands like Ritz Camera and Wolf Image, Verizon Wireless, and Delta Community Bank.
Since then, OG has sharpened and continues to pick up new skills to ensure clients are given the best and remain in the best position to thrive. She collaborates with others bringing them in on projects when needed.
Clients love her dedication to helping them thrive, the access they have to her, her personalized approach, and her experience with Ux research and design. So whether you’re a new entrepreneur looking for an affordable website for your startup or an organization needing help with designing a new web application, OG will make sure you understand what she’s doing and why.
Under her watch, clients have won awards for their web applications, reached an international audience in under three years, have drastically improved their new feature acceptance rate by their users. Don’t just take our word for it, read what others have to say.