Cognition Studio

strategic communications for life sciences


Every new idea is by definition blasphemy.

We are a team of believers. We believe in the power of design and communication to advance a scientific agenda and make the world a better place.


David Ehlert
Co-Founder, Director of Illustration

Kristine Johnson

Co-Founder, Chief Design Strategist

Jared Travnicek

Certified Medical Illustrator + medical animator

Amanda Grage

Designer, brand + interactive

Taylor Raquer

Designer, brand + interactive

Karin Bretz
Karin Bretz

Designer, interactive + user experience

Donna Seo

Intern, brand + interactive

Andrew Karpenko

Web Developer, front + backend

Strategic Partners

Sean O'Connor
Brand Positioning and Messaging

Ellen Kuwana
Senior Medical Communications Specialist

Sally James
Science Writer and Media Consultant

Julie Rathbun
Public and Investor Relations Services
for Life Science Companies

Client List

Adaptive Biotechnologies
Acerta Pharma
Blaze Bioscience
eFFECTOR Therapeutics
Gilead Sciences
Juno Therapeutics
Theraclone Sciences
VentiRx Pharmaceuticals

Carena Telemedicine Solutions
Seattle Children's Research Institute
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Pathways Center Pediatric Therapy
Providence Health & Services
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
So Cal Center for Neuroscience & Spine
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
UW Medicine
Virginia Mason Medical Center

MedCort Inc.
Mirabalis Medica
Natus Medical
NeuroVista Corporation
Olympus Respiratory of America
Pathway Medical

Bergman, Draper & Frockt
James L. Holman
Keller Rohrback
Magnusun Lowell Law
Michael J. Myers
Perey Law Group
Pivotal Law
Randall & Danskin

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Carmel Bach Music Festival
Mainly Mozart Festival
Napa Valley Film Festival
National Environmental Health Association
NW Assoc. for Biomedical Research
NW Assoc. for AIDS Education & Training
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Seattle STD/HIV Training Center
Shift Movement & Healing Arts
University of Washington

Peg Perego, USA
The Lebed Method

Clearview Healthcare Parnters
Infant Motor Performance Scales


GDUSA Health + Wellness Design Award
Adaptive Biotech, immunoSEQ Kit Package Design, 2014
IMPS I Just Couldn't Wait! Book, 2014
Natural Molecular, Website Design, 2014
Seattle Children’s SHIP Study, 2014
Seattle Children’s PEEP Study, 2014

GDUSA American Graphic Design Award
Seattle Children’s PEEP branding, 2013
Carmel Bach  marketing campaign, 2013
Seattle Chamber Music Society branding, 2013 website design, 2012
Natural Molecular website design, 2012
SH/FT branding, 2012
NWABR annual report, 2012
Nelleen Berlin branding, 2012
Ecosystem Photo look book, 2012
Centers for Priority Based Budgeting, 2012
NWABR Student Bio Expo branding, 2009
Bellacure marketing collateral, 2008

Startup Weekend "Women's Edition"
Best User Experience
Five Joys mobile app, July 2012

Startup Weekend "Rise of the Designer"
Best Market Validation
Street Codes mobile + web app, January 2012

PRINT Regional Annual and Silver ADDY
"Into the Woods" Branding & Marketing, 2011

Association of Medical Illustrators
Certificate of Merit
Gilead Sciences Illustrations, 2011

Graphis Design Annual Gold
Branding for Akasha, 2009

Silver CREATE Award
Bellacure OA Medical Device, 2008

Award of Excellence, Rx Club 2000


Oracle Women Leaders—OWL Seattle Women in Leadership Panel, March 2015

Lunch Box Lecture: Getting to Clarity
AIGA Seatte, May 2014

EMPOWERING HEALTH: A Discussion on the Power of Design in Health
AIGA Seattle, September 2013

"Art is Science is Art, Elucidating Science Through Visual Language"
ARCADE 31.3 "Science, Art and Inquiry" Summer 2013

Seattle Design for Good Summit in partnership with Pepsico Nutrition Ventures,
Event Coordinator, AIGA Seattle, August 2012

HIVE11: Visualizing Healthcare
AIGA Seattle, September 2011

Guest Lecture
   • University of Washington, HCDE
   • University of Washington, NSICP
   • Seattle Pacific University
   • Pacific University
   • Art Institute of Seattle
   • University of Illinois, BVIS

Design Commission, Seattle WA, 2013
Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA, 2012