My name is Raphaël Grignani. I'm a designer living in Seattle, currently VP of Messenger Design. 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.
Email me for advisory requests, mentorship, or just to say hello.
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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.
» Visit Google Cultural Institute.
Empowering an artisan brand with a robust e-commerce experience. Method, 2011.
Branding, Web, Magento
» Visit Heath Ceramics.
Designing with Velocity at Scale
Mar 2, 2016 talk at Interaction16 in Helsinki, Finland.
The Designer as Founder and CEO
Feb 9, 2015 talk at Interaction15 in San Francisco, USA.
Design Led Startups
Nov 6, 2013 talk at The Family in Paris, France.
Design x Startups
Jun 20, 2013 Talk at CEDIM Innovation Series in Mexico City, Mexico.
Social Media / Social Change.
Mar 25-26, 2011 talk and thinkshop at AIGA Y16:Spark Conference in San Diego, USA.
Beyond the Desktop.
October 9, 2009 “Beyond the Desktop” affinity session with Jennifer Bove, Jody Forlizzi and Jake Barton at AIGA “Make/Think” conference in Memphis, USA.
Small things x Big numbers.
September 6, 2009 keynote at Kyoorius DesignYatra 2009 in Mumbai, India.
Sustainable and Ethical Issues When Designing for the Masses.
June 12, 2009 closing plenary at Usability Professionals’ Association – 2009 International Conference in Portland, USA.
Utile, Utilisé, Utilisable.
March 11, 2009 keynote at Le Mobile 2.0 in Paris, France organised by Christophe Romei.
September 6, 2008 presentation to the LIFT Asia conference session “Aiming for a better society” in Jeju-do, South Korea.
» Watch the talk on Liftconference.com.
The catalog of the near future’s normal ordinary everyday edited and published by The Near Future Laboratory, August 2014.
» Purchase TBD Catalog.
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.
The Race for Perfect: Inside the Quest to Design the Ultimate Portable Computer
by Steve Hamm published in September 2008.
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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.
Design Sprint. Week long workshop taught jointly at ENSCI – Les Ateliers, 2011-2019 in Paris, France.
Customer Acquisition. Interaction Design Programme, Aug 2016, at CIID in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Customer Relevance. Master in Business Innovation Module 2, 2013-2014, at CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Mexico.
To Be Designed Oct 1-5, 2012 design fiction product design workshop with Near Future Laboratory and Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design in Detroit, USA.
Industrial Design 6 Course. Teaching CCA‘s Undergraduate Program Industrial Design 6 course Spring 2013 with Colin Owen, Robert Murdock, and Parul Vora in San Francisco, USA.
Designing for Billions. February 4, 2010 workshop at Interaction10 in Savannah, USA.
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.