About Us

Padron Design Studio is a Houston-based creative agency specializing in nonprofits, small businesses, and startups.

Visit us in person again!

Existing clients: Our staff has been vaccinated and our office is once again open for in-person meetings and brainstorming sessions. Please let us know ahead of time via email to ensure we have time in our schedule. 

Interested in becoming a client? You are welcome to book a Zoom meeting via our Contact page to see if we’d be a good fit for your organization.

Meet with our awesome team.

Gracie Padrón Steimle
Founder, Creative Director
Graphic Design | UI Design | Digital Artist | Branding Consultant | Web Design & Development

Gracie was born in Cuba and immigrated to Miami with her family in 1996. Her mother worked as a graphic designer at a small, Spanish language newspaper for more than ten years. Gracie planned on becoming a journalist, but eventually followed in her mom’s footsteps as a designer. She began accepting freelance clients during college 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. 

PDS now employs a local team of five wonderful designers, writers, marketers, and one very supportive husband. Gracie enjoys spending time with her toddler, Matthew, and hopes to one day cure herself of her baking addiction. Every second not spent working is dedicated to her family.

Alex R. Steimle
Co-Founder, Business Manager
Project Management | Administration | Content Editing | Invoicing and Billing

Alex was born in Joliet, Illinois (no relation to the Blues Brothers) and has lived in Texas since 2001. He attended Texas State University in San Marcos where he earned his B.A. in International Business followed by an M.B.A. from the University of Houston.

While his “day job” is in logistics and transportation, Alex has been an indispensable asset to PDS from the beginning, assisting Gracie with managing all aspects of the business from billing to building websites!

Alex and Gracie married in 2018. He studied Japanese as his foreign language in high school and was fluent enough to serve as translator during their honeymoon in Tokyo and Kyoto. He enjoys spending time with their son, Matthew, who was born during the pandemic, and their dog Tuck, his best friend. Alex spends his free time reading and trying to find places to store his very large book collection.

Molly Metzger
Art Director
HubSpot Marketing Automation | Infographic Illustrations | Digital Advertising | Web & Graphic Design

Molly is originally from Slidell, Louisiana near New Orleans. She earned her B.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has 7 years of experience in marketing and graphic design.

Before joining PDS, she worked as a Graphic Designer at Prejean Creative in Lafayette and at MMLJ Inc. in Houston. She currently serves as PDS’s Art Director, coordinating and supervising graphic design projects.

On any given weekend, you may find Molly shopping for hidden treasures at her favorite thrift shops. She also loves solving large jigsaw puzzles (the biggest one was 9,000 pieces), stitching hand embroidery, growing houseplants, cooking, and taking pictures of her cat, whom she trained to sit, high five, spin, and ring a bell.

Daryl Freedman

Senior Project Manager

Project Management | Content Creation |  Copywriting/Editing

A not-quite-native Houstonian, Daryl was born in Nuremburg, Germany where her dad was stationed in the U.S. Army. She found her way to Texas as soon as she could and earned her B.A. in Communication and M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Houston (#GoCoogs).

Daryl has worked in marketing and communications for more than 25 years. Her experience includes positions in television production at KRIV Fox 26; public relations for the Houston Humane Society, Six Flags AstroWorld, and the American Heart Association; and digital marketing for the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston.

She lives in the Meyerland area with her husband (whom she married on the island of St. Thomas via a Carnival Cruise), two teens and two cats. She enjoys reading, baking, and digging in the dirt in her garden.

Natalie Ferguson
Senior Graphic Designer
Branding | Print Design | Illustration

A Houston native, Natalie attended the University of North Texas and earned her BFA in Communication Design. She has 13 years of experience in communication design and marketing with a focus on non-profit organizations.

She has worked as a graphic designer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, Baker-Ripley, and Houston Symphony, along with a long list of local and national non-profit clients.

Natalie loves comics, horror, cosplay, video games (and has made friends all over the world through gaming), volunteering, traveling, and discussing/reading about the intersection of social issues and pop culture. She’s also a loving pet mom to Fashan, Bellatrix, and Keevu and enjoys fostering kittens.

Caitlin Sedoff
Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Graphic Design | Illustration | Web Development

Caitlin grew up in Orange County, California and originally planned to study film directing in college before discovering graphic design. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. She’s a self-taught digital illustrator and has more than 3 years of experience in design and marketing.

Prior to joining PDS, she was the in-house graphic designer at the Prostate Laser Center. She also worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator with Radiant Digital (for companies such as Chevron and Catalyst) and with Manushag, an Armenian children’s magazine.

Caitlin enjoys writing novels, developing comic books and video games, and has a great love of cinema and filmmaking. She is happily engaged and is a loving cat mom to Whiskey.

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