BILL Marr: act THREE


I was creative director of National Geographic magazine for 10 years, charged with the design and art in National Geographic Society’s flagship publication. I led the push into the digital world with National Geographic’s award-winning iPad app. My 40-year career reflects a dedication to photography and its presentation in newspapers, books, and magazines.

National Geographic was recognized with 23 National Magazine Awards during the 10 years I was there—these awards considered the Academy Awards of the magazine industry—including four General Excellence top awards, four Best Tablet Edition Ellies, three Photography Ellies, and Magazine of the Year in 2012. The magazine and individual projects have been recognized numerous times by the Society of Illustrators, Society of News Design, Malofiej, the Society of Publication Designers, and Pictures of the Year International.

The NGM Design/Art department evolved from a separate staff of designers and art directors in 2005 into an integrated team of 34 designers, art directors, graphics editors, cartographers, researchers, and producers, including the digital editions team producing the tablet and iphone versions of the magazine. The kind of recognition that came our way is only because of the remarkable staff that we gathered over the years. Individuals like Fernando Baptista, Martin Gamache, John Tomanio, Juan Velasco, Lisa Lytton, Bill McNulty and Bethany Powell helped shape that unique staff into thoughtful storytellers without peer.



Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Missouri: photographer, picture editor, designer

Everett Herald, Everett, Washington: photographer, picture editor, designer

The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine: art director, photo editor, design

Kelsh Marr Studios, principal: annual reports, corporate collateral, photography exhibits

National Geographic magazine: layout and design

Open Books, LLC: book packaging, design, picture editing, sailing

National Geographic magazine: Creative Director supervising presentation, art, maps, graphics and the digital edition of the magazine



Two gold medals and multiple silver from Society of News Design (SND) for design

Picture Editor of the Year, 3 times, Pictures of the Year: once for newspaper category, twice for newspaper magazines

Various awards from Society Publication Design and Society of Illustrators for art direction

MIN Online 2014 Design Hall of Fame

College Photographer of the Year, Pictures of the Year

Ohio Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Ohio Newspaper Photographers Association