The Atlantic Names New Creative Director David Somerville

Somerville will integrate design across platforms: the magazine, at, in video, on stage at live events.

The Atlantic has promoted David Somerville to a new and expanded creative director role, in which he will oversee design and visuals for the entirety of The Atlantic. Somerville will lead the design process for The Atlantic magazine, and will integrate the publisher’s visual language and design execution across all platforms: at, in video at Atlantic Studios, on stage at live events, and more to come.

Somerville has made a career at Atlantic Media. For the past two years he has led digital design for The Atlantic; he was previously the creative director for National Journal, and began as a web designer for Government Executive before being promoted to design director and later creative director.

In a memo to staff, The Atlantic’s editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg called Somerville “one of the brightest and most innovative (and collegial) young designers in America.” He continued: “I’m excited to have David’s help as we think through how we use all of our platforms (and platforms that don’t yet exist) to collectively tell the most important and compelling stories of the day.”