Daemen Alumna One of Youngest Designers Nominated for Grammy

January 19, 2014

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Annie Stoll at Radio City Music HallAnnie Stoll at Radio City Music Hall

AMHERST, N.Y. – When the prestigious Grammy Awards recognize this year’s best in the music industry on Jan. 26, Annie Stoll, an Amherst native and 2008 graduate of Daemen College, will be at the Los Angeles ceremony as the youngest graphic designer nominated for a Grammy in the past decade. The 28-year-old earned a Grammy nomination in the best recording package category for her design work on the Automatic Music Can Be Fun album.

“I'm not even sure I've had ample time to process it all and soon I'll be journeying out to Los Angeles (for the ceremony). I'm going to do my best to enjoy and be thankful for every second,” said Stoll, after learning of her nomination. “I just had this rush of emotions. The only way I can describe it is being over the moon.  It had always been my dream to do design for music, and going to the Grammy’s for it is like going to the Super Bowl.”

Now residing in New York City, Stoll, who also holds the distinction of being the youngest female graphic designer more than 20 years, is in impressive company among other nominees in the best recording package, including album design for JayZ, Metallica and David Bowie.

“Automatic Music Can Be Fun was a privilege to work on,” said Stoll, who is nominated along with Mike Brown, Zac DeCamp and Brian Grunert. “Our design concept really clicked and was a blast to execute. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would go so far as to be up against design heroes of mine.  The album was designed with integrity and love and it's very humbling to see that being recognized.”

Stoll was described as a “force of nature” when presented the President’s Award at Daemen’s 2008 commencement ceremony. Soon after graduating with a dual bachelor’s degree in illustration and graphic design, she landed a position at White Bicycle Design Studio where she worked with owner Brian Grunert on many top tier Gold and Silver Addy award-winning projects. She has also worked for Lucasfilm, Random House and photographer Anne Geddes.

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