Raphaël Grignani

My name is Raphaël Grignani. I'm a designer living in San Francisco, currently Director of Product Design at Messenger. Previously, I lead the Growth and Monetization design teams for Pinterest and cofounded/CEOed Jauntful. I also designed products for Nokia, Method, Google, Heath Ceramics, amongst others.

I co-founded the IxDA Interaction Awards to document and celebrate contemporary design.

See my tweets, photos, and pins for more personal details.

Email me for work and speaking inquiries, or just to say hello.

Selected Works
  • Messenger
    Building a universal way for people to connect and be closer together.
    Monetization, AI, Sharing
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  • Pinterest
    Helping you discover and do what you love.
    Growth, Monetization
    » Sign up today.

  • Jauntful
    Helping people and businesses share their favorite local recommendations.
    CEO, Product Development, Partnerships, Branding
    » Visit Jauntful.

  • Global Lives Project
    Creating a holistic identity able to live and grow in an interactive space. Method, 2012.
    Branding, Web, WordPress
    » Visit Global Lives.

  • Google Cultural Institute
    Devising new ways to explore exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Method, 2012.
    Concepting, Web
    » Visit Google Cultural Institute.

  • Heath Ceramics
    Empowering an artisan brand with a robust e-commerce experience. Method, 2011.
    Branding, Web, Magento
    » Visit Heath Ceramics.

  • Nokia Homegrown
    Working towards the most sustainable, ethical and desirable communication solutions for Nokia by placing sustainability first. Nokia, 2008.
    Concepting, Strategy, Prototyping, Mobile, Hardware
Publications & Press
  • TBD Catalog The catalog of the near future’s normal ordinary everyday edited and published by The Near Future Laboratory, August 2014.
    » Purchase TBD Catalog.

  • Connecting A short film that explores trends in UI, Interaction, & Experience Design by Windows Phone Design Studio, December 2012.
    » Watch Connecting.

  • Designing for Billions of People. Asia Design Journal 2010 Design for Social Innovation, 2010. Grignani R.
    » Read article.

  • GQ Korea. Very Secret Issue 100. June 2009.

  • CBC Radio Spark. Episode 52: Raphael Grignani designs mobile phones for billions of people hosted by Nora Young, November 2008.
    » Listen.

  • The Race for Perfect: Inside the Quest to Design the Ultimate Portable Computer by Steve Hamm published in September 2008.
    » Buy on Amazon.

  • The New York Times. Hoping to Make Phone Buyers Flip by Laura M. Holson published in February 2008.
    » Read article.

  • Where’s the phone? A study of Mobile Phone Location in Public Spaces. Mobility ’05. Ichikawa, F., Chipchase J., & Grignani R.

Academia & Workshops
Granted Patents
  • A mobile terminal, and an associated method, with means for modifying a behavior pattern of a multi-medial user interface (Granted, Republic Of Korea, 02 Nov 2009, 0925759)

  • System and method for assigning contact information to an external device (Granted, USA, 13 Feb 2007, US Pat. 7177597)

And eight pending patents.