Design Intense was founded by Eliza Alys Young [read her blog], who has a dual BFA from Maine College of Art in Graphic Design and Photography. In the early 90's she studied computer programming and taught herself HTML when there were no classes to take, no templates to buy, or software such as Dreamweaver.
Since then, Eliza has designed several hundred websites, as well as taught web design, from basic to advanced, HTML to multimedia, on a university level. In addition, she was involved the development of the first web design curriculum for Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.
In 2003, she was invited by NY Parsons School of Design, to teach two classes in web design and interface design at Parson’s sister school Altos de Chavón in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The response was so positive to the classes, which consisted of professionals as well as students, that she decided to relocate her web design business, Wolf Imaging, to the island’s capital city, Santo Domingo. At that time, the web market had just dramatically bottomed out in the United States but it was burgeoning in Latin America.
Wolf Imaging was based in Jacksonville, Florida from 1998-2002 and at its height, operated with a large team, on international projects up to half a million dollars. When Eliza relocated the business to the Dominican Republic, she broadened the scope to include traditional advertising/graphic design, and re-branded the company as CreativEliza, a name much easier for her Spanish-speaking clientele. For six years CreativEliza provided creative services to a range of clients, many from Europe who were launching businesses in Latin America such as Sun Village, Reef Club Cozumel and Sanctuary Cap Cana.
In 2009. the company went through a final re-branding and changed the company name to Design Intense to reflect the full scope of the business and to shift emphasis from the founder’s name.