Key Facts
Core belief: concepts drive everything
International poster show curator
Vintage everything collector

Dan Smith

Director of Design

Dan is a seasoned design director with deep experience inventing consumer brands—from their existential beginnings to formidable launches—and reinventing brands with a new story to tell. Dan spent serious time leading creative teams in-house at NBBJ Architecture, Starbucks, Experience Music Project (MoPoP), Giftcertificates.com, Realogics, Chateau Ste. Michelle and—on the agency side—a decade working directly with incredible clients, from global to local, at Tether, a design and branding firm in Seattle.

Dan also has a passion for fostering international connections between designers. He organized a series of poster exhibitions for Bumbershoot, Seattle’s biggest music and arts festival, culminating with The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show in 2015. Through this self-initiated, city-to-city exchange project, Dan mounted ten total exhibitions, gave talks at universities from Beirut to Boise, and made innumerable friends around the world.

Dan joins Cognition to bring his big brand, human connection, and impact thinking to a new sector—science, innovation, and medicine. Dan leads large and small brand development projects and brand campaigns, guiding cross-functional teams of strategists, writers, designers, and visual storytellers to new heights.

Key Facts
Core belief: concepts drive everything
International poster show curator
Vintage everything collector

Our Team

Director of Design
Dan Smith
SR Project Manager / Technical Project Manager
Jon Kauffman
Sr certified medical animator + illustrator
Val Altounian
Visual Designer | Producer
Kristin Adams Litke
Visual + Information Designer
Abigail Broussard
Medical Animator + Illustrator
Katie Harvey
MS
Lead Information Designer
Vassilissa Semouchkina
M. Design
Production Designer
Josep Blas
SR Program Manager
Liz Lattanze
Sr certified medical animator + illustrator
Brandon Keehner
MS, CMI
Sr Content Designer and Strategist
Erin Kendig
Project Manager of Science Storytelling
Julie Devi Coats
MS, CMI, CAPM
Developer
Henry Park
Lead Certified Medical Animator + Illustrator
Josh Bird
MS, CMI
Designer, Brand + Interactive
Lindsey Jensen
SR Designer, Brand + Interactive
Rachel Simons
Sr Designer, Presentation Specialist
Jenn Luft
SR Operations Manager
Yvonne Devereaux
Lead Science & Medical Writer
Elizabeth Hjort
PhD
Sr Certified Medical Animator + Illustrator
Regina Milner
MS, CMI
Associate Director of Science Storytelling
Jared Travnicek
MA, CMI
Lead Designer, Brand + Interactive
Amanda Grage
Co-Founder, Executive Director of Design, Chief Strategist
Kristine Johnson
MAMS
Associate Director of Science Storytelling
Inessa Stanishevskaya
MScBMC, CMI
Co-Founder, Executive Director of Science Storytelling
David Ehlert
MAMS, CMI, FAMI
Sr Designer, Brand + Interactive
Karlie Surplus