Simon Griffee

Self-portrait, NYC, 2018.

Growing up in South America and North Africa and studying in the British Isles and the Italic Peninsula heightened my sensitivity to life’s contrasts and made me a life-long student of the visual arts. Photography, design, illustration and image editing have been constants, and I currently work as a freelance design consultant in New York City and at Columbia University’s Italian Academy.

I spend much of my time here looking at or making images, both in the real world and on the screen, where I publish a notebook of visual things, a logbook of flying and playful things, and edit a small project called imgtlk where people write about art that touched them.

Contact me by email at and use Instagram as a syndication feed for my notebook. A mailing list that sends you an email with links to blog posts here once per month is also available.


Kind Words

Dear Simon, Very many thanks for this efficient and super-skilled operation. Nice to see you again after the break. Much appreciate everything you do for the Academy: can’t say that often enough.

—David Freedberg, Professor of the History of Art and Director

For a designer of such creativity, Simon also demonstrates all the essential qualities of a good colleague. He’s reliable, punctual, patient and good humored.

—Allison Jeffrey, Associate Director

I’ve had the opportunity to review Simon’s professional work and have found it sound and appropriate and, at this point, shows significant growth.

—Milton Glaser, Graphic Designer

Simon is a talented designer and web developer. He is not only competent in his field but has exceptionally good taste. He can guide his customers from a very rough idea to a final product that both meets their functional needs and looks great. One thing that really distinguishes Simon is that he has ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills. He understands web development inside and out. At the same time he excels at listening to his colleagues and discerning what they really want. For better or worse, many work environments have interpersonal friction at some point or other. Simon is one of those people that exerts a calming influence on an office just by his presence alone. While “likability” is not necessarily a key criteria for hiring someone, bringing Simon onboard can make a good team better and a fractious team more manageable.

—Bryan Berry, Infrastructure Engineer

Simon?! I didn’t recognize you without the camera!

—Bruce Gilden, Photographer

Thank you for my beautiful poster to add to my collection! Perhaps my all-time favorite.

—Teodolinda Barolini, Professor of Italian

I thought the love and longing category was a nice touch full of humanity. All the photos are beautiful!

—Bianca Escobar, Associate Director of Art Production

Thank you to everyone who has read my stuff over the years and given me such positive feedback. I would never have had the balls to apply for this job otherwise. Especially Simon Griffee who by encouraging me to write in the first place has unwittingly changed the course of my entire career. I owe you a visit and copious beers :)

—Jillian Dingwall, Writer

It was a privilege to have known and worked with Simon for six years. He did an excellent job and was an asset to our organization.

—Paola Sentinelli, Programmer

Simon is a brilliant designer, a pleasure to work with, an open and creative person, honest and direct. I would recommend him for any position or assignment.

—Jon Cooper, CEO

Apart from the layout and overall design, what is so wonderful about your work is your ability to blend the writing and the art in such a sophisticated way. One complements the other and the result is harmony and visual pleasure. Brilliant.

—Molly Bianchini, English Teacher

Hi Simon, your work always fascinates me. At first your pages look a bit oversimplified, almost ‘empty’. But then the realization that everything is there and easily found begins to emerge and they become a pleasure to use. I am very happy with the way it looks, well done!

—Marco Marsella, Technical Director

Simon, As we finish another HS basketball season, as always, I bring up your memory. You are still the most natural passer and player I have ever coached. I am glad to finally get ahold of you again. Of course, by now basketball is probably just a historical event for you. I see that you are now successful in the world. If you are in China, look me up. All the best. Coach Elliott