Meet OG

Map of michigan highlighting Benton Harbor city

Michigan is home for me.

I was blessed to grow up near my great-grandparents and a host of cousins in Benton Harbor. I attended Full Gospel Christian Center on Sundays, and am forever grateful for Sister Easterling who helped instill a love of God in my heart from a young age.

The Easterlings

Easterlings

The hood


I’ve jumped off this roof with a bed sheet hoping to fly

My father, Eric Gresham, is one of the biggest influences in my life, and my inspiration in my journey for entrepreneurship. When I was a child, I watched him launch a software development business, teaching himself multiple program languages.

Pops

Pops

The summer before my fourth-grade year, I started to make and sell jewelry to girls in the neighborhood. My father caught on to what I was doing and gave me a lesson on pricing products, which I use to this day. I was hooked, and from age nine to now, my journey to becoming a serial entrepreneur had begun.

me in fourth grade

4th grade

I learned how to code in middle school, at the encouragement of my father. I found I didn’t like the backend languages he predominantly worked in, but I loved HTML. And I was passionate about art. I had started animating and enjoyed photography.

My sister and I in Middle School

High School

I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I learned that money could make money in the markets. I wanted to become my own bank and finance my dreams myself.

Prom dress that I made

I designed and sewed together each of my homecoming and prom dresses

High School graduation

Class of '04

At the same time, I was thinking a lot about my purpose and God's calling on my life and praying fervently for God to help me figure it out.

I went on to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, where I graduated with dual Bachelor Fine of Arts degrees in Industrial Design, with a minor in User Experience and Visual Effects with a minor in Composition.

IDSA New Orleans Conference

IDSA

The very last course in my very last quarter at SCAD, I took Information Architecture and realized I’d found my calling. But when I graduated in 2009, jobs were still scarce from the financial crisis of 2008, and companies that were hiring wanted someone with three to five years of experience.

Waffle House in Atlanta, Georgia

I found myself, a college graduate, working at Waffle House in Atlanta. The turning point came when I had to work on Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.

I was too exhausted to cook my dinner when I got home. Then I had to work Christmas and New Year’s Eve that year. OGiDesigns was born that winter, as I determined to never work another holiday again.

First logo for OGiDesigns

original logo

I landed my first two clients by the end of January 2010. My first website went live on February 15, 2010. I landed my first contract with a million-dollar business, Ritz Wolf Camera and Image, which set me up to do contract work for a local bank in Atlanta and Verizon Wireless before May 2010.

NYC skyline

I moved to New York City in February 2012 with no projects lined up, but God continued to make a way. In 2019, He called me back to my home state, and OGiDesigns is officially rooted in Detroit. The Lord is still making a way for me to live out all of my dreams.

Me in the Detroit Winter

Oh, and I haven't worked a holiday since Valentine’s Day 2010.