David Griffin


David Griffin is a graphic designer specializing in photographic-based projects and publications.

He is founder and creative director of D Griffin Studio, based in the Washington, DC area. The studio’s recent work includes art directing the books: Water Lands, for Wetlands International; American Women, for the Smithsonian; and bilingual edition (Chinese and English) of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime. Other clients include: the American Society of Media Photographers, José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, National Geographic, and AARP.

Prior to starting the studio, David was visuals editor of The Washington Post and held positions at National Geographic including: first executive editor of E-Publishing, director of photography of National Geographic magazine, first design director of NG Books and deputy layout editor of NG magazine. David has worked for U.S. News & World Report, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hartford Courant, The Everett (WA) Herald and The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune. He is a graduate of Ohio University and an alum of Stanford’s Professional Publishing Program.

David is on the advisory board and is art director of Eddie Adams Workshop, an advisor for The Virginia Quarterly Review and The International League of Conservation Photographers. He was a founding board member of LOOK3: The Festival of Photograph.

He has been on the juries of World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Society of Publication Design, Communication Arts, Visa pour L’Image, the Getty Grant, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, among others. David is a nominator for the Prix Prictet and a story grant reviewer for the National Geographic Society.

He was secretary in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest, 2017 World Press Photo Contest, 2018 World Press Photo Contest, and 2019 World Press Photo Contest.

David Griffin