Gracie Padron Steimle was born in Cuba and immigrated to Miami with her family in 1996. Her mother became a graphic designer at a small, Spanish language newspaper for over ten years. Gracie planned on becoming a journalist but eventually followed in her footsteps as a designer. She began accepting freelance clients during college as a way to keep her mother working and engaged during a six-year battle with cancer.
After working in-house for years in the chemical and engineering spaces doing branding and data visualization, Gracie moved to Texas to join Houston Grand Opera. However, she quickly amassed enough clients to launch Padron Design Studio (PDS) within the year, and expanded her services to include digital and email marketing, print design, copywriting, user interface design, social media content creation, and web design. She believes in a human first, data second approach to design that transcends mediums.
PDS’s nonprofit clients have included: The Society for the Performing Arts, Institute of Contemporary Dance Houston, Opera in the Heights, Arts on the Avenue, The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, The Alley Theatre, Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans (AAMA), The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, First Service Credit Union, Japan America Society of Dallas-Fort Worth, Asia Society of Texas, and many more. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the PDS team has shifted to cater to more for-profit small businesses.
PDS now employs a local team of four wonderful designers, writers, marketers, and one very supportive husband. Gracie recently became mother to baby Matthew and hopes to one day cure herself of her baking addiction. Every second not spent working is dedicated to her family.