Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six superlative visual journalists…
Erin Crabb is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas, Erin spent three years with the Star-Tribune of Casper, Wyo., before moving to Iowa in 2010. She turns 30 today.
Dave Gray is founder and chairman of XPLANE, an information design consultancy based in Portland, Ore., and a former partner in the Dachis Group, a social-networking business consultancy. A 1984 graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Dave worked as a news artist at the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before leaving to run XPLANE full-time in 1996. His most recent book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers was published in 2010. Find his book’s web site here and his personal web site here. Find his Twitter feed here. Dave turns 48 today.
Marie-Louise Rousseau is a subeditor for Media24 in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s a graduate of nearby Stellenbosch University.
Rick McKee is an editorial cartoonist for the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. A 1987 graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Rick spent a year-and-a-half as a staff artist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before moving to the Chronicle in 1990. Find his cartoon archive here and his Twitter feed here.
Brian Simms is design director of the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky. He’s a 1999 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. Brian turns 38 today.
Mike Zlotnicki is an associate editor for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. A 1984 graduate of USC Sumter and a 1987 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Mike spent 17 years with the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., serving as outdoors editor. Find his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 50 today.
Mary-Louise, Erin, Brian, Rick, Dave and Mike share a birthday with actors Kate Garry Hudson, James Edward Franco, Hayden Christensen, Ashley Tyler Ciminella (better known as Ashley Judd), Timothy James “Tim” Curry, Dudley Stuart John Moore, Vera Jayne Palmer (better known as Jayne Mansfield); Richard Stanford Cox (better known as Dick Sargent; musicians Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman (of Slayer) and Richard Dorian “Dickie” Goodman; sports greats Maria Yuryuvna Sharapova (tennis), Troy Aumua Polamalu (football), Joseph Patrick “Joe” Mauer (baseball), Alfred Unser Jr. (Indy car driver), Jack Roush (NASCAR owner) and Darryl John Sutter (basketball coach); lawman Eliot Ness and CIA officer Valerie Elise Plame Wilson.
In addition, today is Record Store Day, Auctioneers Day, National Hanging Out Day, National Garlic Day and Husband Appreciation Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have an wonderful birthday!