I’m Olga Pontes, Portuguese by birth, visionary designer by nature, and renowned scientist by choice. I created 10 FINGERS FOR DESIGN to be one of the only web design studios in the world that specializes in tying the knot between the left brain and the right, to deliver products that are unsurpassed in both their beauty and their brains.
To that end, here at the studio co-collaboration is my religion. For me, the beautiful push & pull off a messy exchange of ideas is the process – and one that must be respected. For me, it’s the only way to work, because I believe that you should show up in your design – not simply as a face on top of it.
Together, we’ll work on your website concept from the bottom to the top (and around the backend, too), allowing for plenty of hair whipped creativity & mint fresh ingenuity—while still keeping our eye on the important stuff that all smart websites should have: A clean user interface. An intuitive way to navigate. The things that you’re selling (smartly) front and center. And everything else that’s all business.
Furthermore, cookie cutters are forbidden (only metaphorically, of course—some fresh-baked ginger snaps are always welcome), bad service is a cardinal sin, and half-hearted communication can run along and die along with 1990’s web graphics.
You come here when you can’t stand the templates and the copycats anymore when you want to stand for something meaningful, and the only thing standing in your way is a lack of know-how and ideas. (Don’t worry, I’ve got both.)
We’ll methodically be unmethodical, as our work together serves to stand as a statement against the voodoo dolls of this world, the generic blank faces, and the cold-nosed corporate robots.
And slowly, but every so inevitably, your brand will begin to take on a visual heartbeat of its own, reminding us all with every page load, every click, and every new sale?
That the best brand isn’t just a brand.
It’s humanity in disguise.
Design and branding are the work I get to do now. But, it wasn’t always this way.
Growing up, I loved biology. I was curious about how the cells worked and how all the pieces of the body functioned together. I was a cell biologist, taking “microscopic” photos of cells, published magazine covers, beautiful pictures, and worked to visually tell a story about the organisms we couldn’t see with the human eye – about the detailed intricacies of what makes something special.
But while my work itself was great, something was missing. I had this constant, uneasy feeling that I wasn’t fully connected to the world or myself. I felt so controlled by what I did and the academic title I had, without being able to honor who I am or the creativity I craved. I was trying to fit in everywhere my career took me – from field work to academia, from Europe to the USA to China – but I didn’t feel as if I truly belonged anywhere. I kept running towards new things only to be disappointed by those same feelings popping up once again.
Eventually, I decided to stop running.
I decided to take my experience as a researcher and professor and, design and artist skills, to put it to work as a brand identity designer to empower women to go after their true desires. I found the freedom to do things my way, to be heard and seen in my truth and chase my passion. And I realized that when you do things differently when you invest in yourself and your abilities, you are in turn advancing the world, too.
Because the thing is, we aren’t meant to blend in with the crowd. We were born to stand out and to fully express our gifts. Because if we’re not being ourselves, then what good are we really doing for others?