I’m Olivia Artz 🙋🏻‍♀️

I can help you build something. A website, an app, whatever.

I have two decades of experience designing and building interfaces.

Everything I build is inclusive, accessible, and made with both 💜 and the simplest tech that gets your job done.

I live in Massachusetts with my wife and cat 😼

Please get in touch.

Born a stupid baby with no grasp of the English language in White Plains, NY
Built my first Lego Technic set. Parents called me to dinner and I just kept building.
Got my first Mac, a Performa 405, in 6th grade. Changed everything. My grades went up. I got taller. Possibly unrelated.
Mom signed me up for a community college course in Photoshop. I was the only kid in the class. Got an A.
First job. My mom would drop me off at people’s houses and I’d teach them how to work their computer or fix something. At 15 I was starting to see the appeal of freelance.
First web job. I did grunt work for the talented folks at Digital Instincts. I got to work on an ancient version of Alec Baldwin’s website. No lie.
Designed, developed, and released a Mac app for doing video performance called GRID. I was still an undergrad, but I built an app that made tens of thousands of dollars. I thought I was pretty great.
Some friends of mine and I performed at Lincoln Center. Two of us remixed video footage of me falling down a hill while two of us provided a live score for the result.
After getting version two of GRID out the door, I assembled my first PC and built GRID2 for Windows. This is VIDVOX’s only Windows app to date. Mine too, I think.
My friends at ID29 designed this cool single page site for Infusystem that I built in only a week.
A friend and I were approached by a non-profit to design and build Quest For College, an HTML/CSS/JS adaptation of a board game designed to prepare high school kids for the college application process. It’s crazy that anything this slick ever ran in IE6.
When Agora Games needed some help getting a completely redesigned MLGPro.com out the door they called on me and my friend Adam. I was in the process of reading the HTML5 spec for fun, so it was a great oportunity to flex this new standard at scale.
Artist Fernando Orellana wanted a unique website that showed off his images as big as possible. I built him a new WordPress powered site that goes to unique lengths to fill as much of the browser window with his work as possible. He paid me with a painting that makes me happy every single day.
Tiny Face was a really silly thing that Adam Grossman and I did to experiment with iOS development. It used advanced computer vision techniques to answer a question no one ever asked: How tiny can you make your face? We made less than $150 charging a buck for it, so we made it free because we’re awesome.
When my friend David needed a redesign of the VIDVOX website I was happy to be of service. All of the illustrations on the site were done by the immensely talented Bryan Kahrs.
Nanospace is an online amusement park built in close collaboration with the biotech department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It’s a web-based arcade full of games and activities designed to teach kids about nanotechnology.
John Gruber called Dark Sky an “innovative, gorgeous, and highly practical weather app for iPhone and iPad.” On we released the Kickstarter funded project. It continues to be one of the most popular weather apps in the App Store.
I was one of two developers that built the front-end interface for Forecast, a website that provided free local weather forecast information to anyone. We were immensely proud of the mobile web interface you could save to the homescreen of your iPhone.
I started noticing that certain times on the clock read as 2 raised to a specific power. For instance, 2:56, 5:12, and 10:24 are 28, 29, and 210 respectively. So I built binary clock to aid with this sillyness.
Worked with [amazing Northampton, MA company] Last Call Media on a number of websites including their own and ones for HIAS, Brainshark, and LCM’s development tool Mannequin.
Artist Fernando Orellana wanted a one-page site that would allow people to submit protest ideas for his installation “You’ll Never Know We Were Here”. I designed and built him this Robot Protest site that uses a Google Spreadsheet as the database and moderation system.
VIDVOX hired Aaron Taylor-Waldman to design the new site for their video compression/playback system HAP. I had the pleasure of working with VIDVOX and ATW to code and launch the HAP website.
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