Patrick Grady

Senior Designer

Patrick Grady is an award-winning interactive designer who’s worked on websites, software applications, business identities, logos, print collateral, and animation. A graduate of the University of Illinois design program, he also has experience developing front-end code. At Palantir, Patrick provides design strategy and user experience services.

What do you do outside of Palantir?

Enjoy life! Be with friends, work out, ride my bike, cook (eat), find new beers, nerd out about music, read fiction, watch movies, play video games, learn new web related skills, build computers, play golf (poorly), and try to stay creatively motivated.

What three books would you recommend for anyone who does what you do?

  • Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design by Khoi Vinh — A thorough examination of Khoi’s design process.
  • Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte — On translating data sets visually. A great text for learning how to think like a great designer.
  • CSS3 For Web Designers by Dan Cederholm — Accessible and friendly with good follow-along examples. You feel like you’ve actually learned something after you read this one.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Considering the prequels... Gimme the Browncoats! Or maybe Aliens (except 4 — Sorry Joss)

Three things you'd want on a desert island

Golf clubs, beer, sunblock

Voted “most likely to”…

Be hungry

What are your top three video games ever?

The Battlefield Franchise. Wipeout. Starcraft.

Google+, Facebook, MySpace, or Friendster?


iOS or Android?

100% Mac fanboy