WASHINGTON (Feb. 14, 2005)–In a restructure of the division that creates and oversees the visual content of National Geographic magazine, Editor in Chief Chris Johns has announced three senior appointments: Dennis Dimick as associate editor, illustrations; Bill Marr as associate editor, layout and design; and David Griffin as senior editor, photography and illustrations.
The restructure combines the photography and illustrations divisions into one department in an effort to make National Geographic magazine more unified, accessible, informative and entertaining.
“National Geographic is renowned for having the most prestigious photography in the world,” said Johns. “Our goal is to increase the quality of all aspects of our visual content in the magazine. By combining the two key functions of photography and illustrations into one integrated unit, led by Dennis and Bill, we will facilitate efficiency, smooth and streamline workflow, improve communications and encourage more creative collaboration in our very talented group.”
In Dimick’s new role, he will be responsible for overseeing photography, illustrations, visual technology and photo engineering. Dimick was promoted from his previous post as senior editor, environment and technology.
Marr will be responsible for layout, design and art produced for the magazine’s editorial pages. This job marks a return to National Geographic for Marr. He worked at the magazine for six years as layout editor but left in 1998 to found his own company, OpenBooks, which specializes in illustrated book editing, design and production services for trade and specialty publishers.
Griffin, who takes up his position on Feb. 28, reporting to Dimick, will focus on management of the department, hiring of photographers and working with story teams. He joins National Geographic from U.S. News & World Report, where he is responsible for the visual direction of the news weekly, supervising both the photography and art departments. Under his leadership, U.S. News & World Report was awarded third place for Best Use of Photography by the National Photographers Association (NPPA) in 2004. Griffin is also no stranger to National Geographic. Before joining U.S. News & World Report, he was design director of National Geographic Books and prior to that, associate director of layout and design for National Geographic magazine.
National Geographic, official journal of one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, is published in 27 different language editions and has a circulation of around 9 million that spans every country around the globe. It is sent each month to National Geographic members and is available on newsstands for $4.95 a copy. Single copies can be ordered by calling (800) NGS-LINE, also the number to call to apply for membership in the National Geographic Society.