David Lanford
808 Richmond Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

T   301·562·8794
F   301·562·0828
E   david@lanfordesign.com



David Lanford has lived and worked in the Washington DC area since 1991. His design projects have included everything from exhibition graphics for museums to a comprehensive identity program for the US Botanic Garden; a 30-foot timeline on American presidents to publications for the National Park Service; an environmental graphics program for the US Olympic Training center to a 400-page monograph on the American Indian. Most recently, he has designed an interpretive sign system for the rotunda of the US Capitol. David thrives on a broad range of projects. 

David was formerly an associate at Gallagher & Associates, where he collaborated with several national clients, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the United States Olympic Committee.

David has been recognized with numerous honors, including awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Print, Communication Arts, the Presidential Design Awards, and the American Association of Museums. 

He lives with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he can usually be found walking his golden retriever.



“A great british designer once said that basically there are two kinds of designer: helicopters and vending machines. 

Helicopters fly around the landscape zooming in to investigate or backing off to get a better panoramic view. Vending machines tend to be inert until someone shoves money in the slot. They then produce a lot of buzzing, and clanking, until out pops a product. It is invariably the same as the previous one, and will be the same as the next. The only significant difference is that the next is usually staler than the one before, and so on. 

I am a helicopter.

Understanding the big picture, focus on important details, rigorous design investigations, and close client collaboration are hallmarks of my approach.”



American Public Garden Association

American Sociological Association

Architect of the Capitol

Gardens of the Greater Washington DC Area

General Services Administration, Design Excellence and the Arts Division

Green Spring Gardens

The History Factory

National Alliance for Mental Illness

National Park Service

Our Place DC

Safe Shores, Child Abuse Center of DC

Smithsonian Gardens

Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the
American Indian

Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum

United States Botanic Garden

United States Agency for International Development

United States National Slavery Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

University of Maryland

Vitullo Architectural Studio



Print Regional Design Annual

AlGA 50, 8th Biennial Design Competition

Print magazine, Sports and Entertainment Show

National Association of lndustrial and Office Properties, Northern Virginia Chapter; Best Marketing Program Award

AIGA 50, 6th Biennial Design Competition

American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition, First Prize

American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition, First Prize for Supplementary Material

Communication Arts Design Annual 39

Print magazine, Regional Design Annual 

Federal Design Achievement Award

Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington 43rd Annual Show

AlGA Baltimore First Regional Design Show

AlGA Graphic Design USA:12, Under 30 Competition