Bob has also been immersed in photography from another perspective: he served as Senior Assistant Editor and Director of Design at the National Geographic magazine and picture editor for National Geographic Kids magazine and National Geographic Books. He designs trade books such as Madagascar A World Out of Time, by Allison Joly and Frans Lanting (Aperture) and Sam Abell A Photographic Life (Rizzoli).
His long list of awards and credits include: Magazine Photographer of the Year (twice); College Photographer of the Year; and design awards from the Society of Publication Designers, The New York Art Directors Club, and Communication Arts.
A Midwesterner, Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science (English, history). He studied photojournalism in graduate school at the University of Missouri.