Founded in 2001, Cognition Studio is headquartered in Seattle, WA and works across a broad spectrum of health and science industries, including pharma, biotech, medical legal, global health, advertising firms, hospitals and publications.
David W. Ehlert, CMI, MAMS
co-founder / director of illustration
David Ehlert's credentials speak for themselves: Certified Medical Illustrator; Master of Associated Medical Science; Bachelor of Science, major in drawing and a minor in biology; Associate of Art.
He considers himself a sleuth-turned-storyteller first and a passionate illustrator second. When working with clients, he has the ability to render drawings in a way that will be unique to that client and appropriate for the communications challenge at hand. In this way, he finds a seamless overlap with the methods and goals of branded communications for marketing.
David enjoys collaborating with other medical illustrators around the world and is an active member of several professional organizations. (AMI, Association of Medical Illustrators; IPA, Illustrators' Partnership of America; GNSI, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators).
Kristine A. Johnson, MAMS
co-founder / director of design
Kristine Johnson holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in BioCommunications, Master of Associated Medical Science, and several years of post-graduate study in visual communication design and visual cognition.
Her role is one of aggregator/filter/editor/curator within any particular client engagement. A constant awareness of the complex considerations inherent in working with scientifically inclined clients keeps her engaged; a thirst for constant learning keeps her asking the right questions. She sees her role to be one of outside advocate for the intended audience. What do they need to know, when do they need to know it and what is the best method for delivering that knowledge?
Kristine is an active volunteer and a leader within several design-related organizations. Currently serving on the advisory board for both the Seattle Chapter of AIGA, the Professional Association for Design, and the AIGA LINK Prorgram.
Nicole Latorre, BFA
user experience designer
Nicole Latorre holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Industrial Design gives her valuable experience working with multi-disciplinary teams to resolve a range of complex
With a focus in dynamic and strategic user experiences, information design and knowledge transfer,
she recently successfully worked with Dr. David Spach at UW Division of Infection Disease to strategize, plan, and
design a series of enterprise website frameworks for grant submission process as well as working directly with the
database developer for future development planning. These sites are fully designed and in the wings for development
in 2012 and were highlighted by the White house Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).
Jared Travnicek, CMI, MA
medical illustrator & animator
Jared Travnicek holds a Master of Art in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has experience in a variety of fields, including surgery, medical devices, molecular imaging, and life sciences.
Jared brings his skills and expertise in motion graphics, 3D, and vector-based animation to Cognition Studio. His knowledge of human anatomy coupled with an innate storytelling capability provides visual solutions needed in complex animations.
Jared is a Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) and an award-winning member of the Association of Medical Illustrators.
Amanda Grage, BFA cum laude
Amanda Grage holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She embraces the entire range of visual communication, recognizing that design is a cultural force that spans consumer, commerce, and social causes. Excelling at conceptual problem solving, innovation, critical thinking and formal design as well as branding and marketing strategies.
Amanda brings her skills and expertise in medical packaging, magazine/book design, branding, and corporate collateral to Cognition Studio.
Startup Weekend "Women's Edition",
Best User Experience 2012
Startup Weekend "Rise of the Designer",
Best Market Validation 2012
AMI, Award of Merit 2011
AAF Seattle, Silver ADDY® Award 2011
PRINT, Regional Design Annual 2011
Graphis, Design Annual Gold 2009
GD USA, American Graphic Design Award 2010, 2009, 2008
CREATE, Silver Award 2007
Rx Club, Award of Excellence 2000
Presenter at AIGA Seattle's HIVE11
Presenter at AMI Conference 2005
Guest Lecturer at Univ. of Washington, HCDE
Guest Lecturer at Univ. of Washington, NSICP
Guest Lecturer at Pacific University
Guest Lecturer at Art Institute of Seattle
Guest Lecturer at Univ. of Illinois, BVIS
AIGA Design Summit 2012 (event chair)
TEDMED 2012 (delegate)
Creative Leadership Academy 2012 (graduate)
president & director of design
certified medical illustrator & director of illustration
COGNITION STUDIO, INC.
621 Aloha Street
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 382-7257 office
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