Alumna Spotlight: Lindsay Daniels

After motion graphics designer Lindsay Daniels graduated in 2003, she hit the ground running: "CCA was such a phenomenal thing to shape me. I have carried the principles into now, and I built off the foundation from school," she explains.

Two years after graduation, Daniels transferred from Seattle, where she has been working at the design studio Digital Kitchen as a graphic designer, to try the Big Apple on for size. "New York is so inspiring. There's so much culture and lots to offer."

In September 2007, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 59th Creative Arts Primetime Emmys awarded the opening title sequence of Showtime's popular Dexter series with an Emmy—a Digital Kitchen project based on Daniels' concept, storyline, art direction, and editorial vision. "It's my proudest achievement so far," she admits.

Additionally, Daniels worked as animator and compositor for the ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11, which also was nominated for an Emmy that same year. The miniseries is based in part on John Miller's and Michael Stone's The Cell, as well as on the 9/11 Commission Report.

Daniels is currently creative director of New York–based Favorite Color, a motion graphic design company. She's excited about promoting the company name and its work—created by a team of 10 full-time employees. "It's been growing professionally and organically," she adds.

In 2003 Daniels was a national finalist in the Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles, and she garnered a gold medal from The Art Director's Club in New York at its 82nd Annual Awards presentation. Daniels also was the young designer featured in Step Magazine's 2006 Emerging Design Talent issue.

Daniels began her studies at the University of Washington in Seattle where she joined the freshmen arts interest group. The selective program cut many students, including Daniels, which encouraged her to research her options, and ultimately she elected to transfer to CCA.

By the time Daniels completed her thesis, she was in love with the motion design process. "This is a totally different animal than any other medium," she confides. "The interest of telling a story is emotionally resonating for people. I get sounds and stories from beginning to end and take graphic design to another dimension—it's more complex."

Daniels' best class memories are tied to Graphic Design faculty member Eric Heiman's Level 3 Graphic Design course. "I really felt like I grew." She also was influenced by her first teacher at CCA, Dorothy Reminton.

Daniels continues to enjoy New York's fast pace, but remembers to take the time to enjoy other things, like visiting with her good friend, who happens to be a former CCA classmate.

Watch the opening to Dexter here! (If you have difficulty viewing the clip, visit the YouTube site.)

Visit Lindsay Daniels' website to learn more about this impressive alumna, including additional works and boards she's created (yes, Dexter boards, too).

Born 1979 in the Seattle region

CCA degree:BFA 2003, Graphic Design

Residence:New York

Current occupation:Creative director at motion graphics studio Favorite Color

Influences at CCA:Michael Vanderbyl, Mark Fox, Eric Heiman, Jim Kenney, Dorothy Reminton