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Ste Grainer

Product Designer & Front End Developer


I design, code, and write with a focus on clarity, usefulness, and delight. I am passionate about making the web a better place for people to create and connect.


  • Senior UX Architect & Developer, Advance Auto Parts

    Richmond, VA March 2016 to Present


    • Prototyped features and UI for a new in-store point of sale system
    • Led usability research on the point-of-sale system with general managers and team members
    • Began building a design style guide to coordinate design patterns and styles across platforms
  • Contract UX Designer & Front End Developer, SingleStone

    Richmond, VA January 2016 to March 2016


    • Led design on a DevOps Dashboard product pipeline view for version 2 of the Hygieia open source project at Capital One
    • Helped to develop the responsive front end of a new corporate site for WestRock
  • Lead Experience Designer, Die Happy

    Richmond, VA June 2015 to October 2015


    • Led discovery and research for product concepts
    • Created and iterated on a mobile app prototype using Sketch and Invision
  • UX Lead & Senior Consultant, SingleStone

    Glen Allen, VA Apr 2014 to June 2015


    • Designed the concept and pilot for a Customer Effort Score dashboard product to be tested and built out as SingleStone’s first customer-facing product
    • Designed and developed the front end for myVDOT, a customer-facing portal for Virginia citizens to report road problems and track the status of repairs.
    • Designed content-driven templates for Markel Specialty Insurance to help standardize their brand across a variety of different programs and products
    • Designed and improved internal applications for International Missions Board, AMF Bowling, and Advance Health
    • Developed the front end and responsive redesign of the DuPont Community Credit Union website
  • Creator, Saunter Studios

    Richmond, VA Apr 2013 to Present


    • Created Photoshop templates for cards and invitations, themes for blogs, and mockups
    • Created an 8-bit retro font that was licensed by Threadless for their TypeTees iOS app
    • Started and managed storefronts in both Etsy and Creative Market
  • UX Designer, Launch Media Network

    Richmond, VA Nov 2012 to Feb 2014


    • Managed the design and front-end development of GameSkinny, a video game news and culture site written by gamers for gamers
    • Designed, developed, and iterated on a powerful but simple interface for creating content on GameSkinny, balancing a simple interface for new users with powerful features for more experienced writers
    • Wrote much of the microcopy on interactive elements and calls to action, documentation for new features, and guides for improving writing and participation in the GameSkinny community
  • Interaction Designer, Snagajob

    Glen Allen, VA May 2011 to November 2012


    • Designed interactive prototypes of new products and new product features using HTML/CSS, Axure, Photoshop, and InVision
    • Coordinated, conducted, and analyzed user research for discovery, product viability testing, market research, and usability testing
    • Designed, implemented, and analyzed unmoderated A/B split tests and heatmap click tests to test the effectiveness of microcopy, call to action design, and changes to flow and interaction
  • Webmaster, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Richmond, VA May 2007 to May 2011


    • Managed the Technology Services website and blogs
    • Designed and developed web applications, including:
      • FileDrop: a web-based file-sharing system for sending large files and tracking their receipt
      • A-Z Index: index of all VCU websites organized by category and searchable by keywords, with a powerful backend for university web developers to manage website data and view website statistics and compliance reports
    • Consulted on and defined mobile web and app design standards for the university
    • Managed and supported university-wide web applications, including blogs, search, iTunes U, wikis, and Urchin
  • Web Developer, Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

    Richmond, VA May 2003 to May 2007


    • Designed and developed the main VALRC website along with several other small sites for various projects, conferences, and marketing initiatives


  • James Madison University, BS Media Arts and Design, Interactive Design concentration

    Harrisonburg, VA 1998 to 2002

    Extracurricular Activities:

    • Minors in computer science and technical writing
    • Co-Executive editor, Curio magazine, a student-produced annual feature magazine
    • Online editor of The Breeze, student newspaper


References are available upon request.


Selected work available online through my portfolio and on Dribbble.


Sorted by depth of experience from strongest to weakest.


  • Responsive design
  • UI design
  • Mobile design
  • Illustration
  • Print design
  • Animation
  • Photography

Interaction design

  • Prototyping
  • Usability testing
  • Personas & scenarios
  • User research
  • Design workshop facilitation
  • Information architecture
  • Analytics

Front end development

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • PHP / MySQL
  • jQuery
  • Python


  • Sketch
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • InVision
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Craft CMS
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Axure
  • Omnigraffle


  • Git and version control
  • Technical writing
  • Agile/Lean methodology
  • MVC frameworks