About Blou Designs

Blou Designs is a certified New York State Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) that was founded by Barbara Olsafsky.

The Blou Designs Philosophy and Mission

Our society expects a certain level of technological literacy, proficiency, and utilization. The Cloud. Smartphones. The Internet of Things. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). The assumption is that you're a "dinosaur" if you're not taking advantage of all of these things.

The Blou Designs Philosophy is rooted in the idea that technology is great, but only if it supports humans in doing the things they actually want to do. (By the way, humans aren't dinosaurs.)

The Blou Designs Mission is to:

  • help people find clarity about the things they actually want to do and how they can get there,
  • support the idea that humans are the most important part of any technological solution,
  • create a support structure so that humans (you!) can better do the human part.

This is doable for everyone who is open to the possibility that things could be better. No job is too small for attention if it makes your life better.

About Barbara


Barbara leading a database workshop at Microsoft Store in Walden Galleria

Barbara began her career as an intern at NASA Glenn Research Center (then NASA LeRC), first in Software Assurance and then in Power and Propulsion.

Following this, she worked as a research assistant to artist Chuck Csuri, extending his use of in-house graphics software. Discussions and samples of his work can be found in the book Charles A. Csuri: Beyond Boundaries, 1963-present (PDF).

Segueing into freelancing in 2005, Barbara worked with corporate clients to assess their needs and design and implement custom software, data, and training solutions. She founded Blou Designs in 2013.

Barbara holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies / Educational Technology.

In her free time, Barbara enjoys traveling and co-coaching the SUNY Buffalo State Ethics Bowl team. She also volunteers in the community as an instructor for children at the beginning of their STEM pathway and senior citizens, and as a member of advisory boards.


Blou Designs' proficiencies include:

  • ASP.NET C#, Classic ASP, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • MySQL, MS SQL Server, T-SQL, SQLite, MS Access
  • Crystal Reports
  • Windows PowerShell scripting
  • Microsoft Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and Access; VBA macros
  • Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator