Cognition Studio, Inc.

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, MAMS, CMI, FAMI
Co-Founder, Director of Science Storytelling
Board Certified Medical Illustrator

Jared Travnicek, MA, CMI

Senior Medical Illustrator + Animator
Board Certified Medical Illustrator

Inessa Stanishevskaya, MScMBC, CMI
Medical Illustrator + Animator
Board Certified Medical Illustrator

Kristine Johnson, MAMS

Co-Founder, Chief Design Strategist

Chad Hall, MDes

Senior Designer, brand + interactive

Amanda Grage

Designer, brand + interactive

Karlie Grasle

Designer, brand + interactive

Jeremy Larson

Web Developer, front + backend

Britt Barran-Stanley
Assoc. Director of Design

Gretchen Moosbrugger
Creative Project Manager

Tom Callahan
Front-end Web Developer

Clare Ortblad
Interactive Design, intern

Strategic Partners

Jeremy Derfner
Writing & Speech Writing, Communications Strategy

Ellen Kuwana
Senior Medical Communications Specialist

Sally James
Science Writer and Media Consultant

Sean O'Connor
Marketing/Brand Writing and Voice Talent

Julie Rathbun
PR/IR Consultant for Life Sciences

Client List

Acerta Pharma
Adaptive Biotechnologies
Blaze Bioscience
Celgene Immuno-Oncology
   Center of Excellence
Editas Medicine
eFFECTOR Therapeutics
Gilead Sciences
Juno Therapeutics
Lion Biotechnologies
Moderna Therapeutics
Sage Therapeutics
Theraclone Sciences

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

Cortice Biosciences
MedCort Inc.
Mirabalis Medica
Natus Medical
NeuroVista Corporation
Novuson Surgical
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
Napa Valley Film Festival
National Environmental Health Association
Seattle Chamber Music Society

NW Assoc. for AIDS Education & Training
Seattle STD/HIV Training Center
University of Washington
US Food & Drug Administration
WA Department of Fish & Wildlife

Peg Perego, USA
The Lebed Method

Clearview Healthcare Parnters
Infant Motor Performance Scales



AIGA (re)Design Awards
PEEP Field Research and Clinical Study Material, 2015

Adaptive Biotech, immunosequencing annimation, 2015

Association of Medical Illustrators
Award of Merit
Adaptive Biotech, immunosequencing annimation, 2015

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