Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three wonderful visual journalists…
Rod Emmerson is editorial cartoonist for the New Zealand Herald of Auckland. Find samples of his work here and his Twitter feed here. Rod turns 60 today.
Paul Wallen is a senior designer for ESPN The Magazine in Bristol, Conn. Starting out as a journalist for the U.S. Navy in the late 1980s, Paul has worked as sports editor of the Marshall, Texas, News Message, graphics editor of the Evansville (Ind.) Press, design editor for a chain of suburban papers near Chicago, a designer for the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, a designer for the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader, design editor of the Baltimore Sun, managing editor for visuals for the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal, sports designer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, design director of the Sun Sentinel of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and then assistant managing editor for design and sports of the Kerrville (Texas) Daily Times. Paul took a little time off from journalism to serve as a foster parent before moving to the Huntsville Times in 2010 as design director. In 2012, the Times’ owner, Advance publications, announced plans to consolidate design and production for its Huntsville, Mobile and Birmingham papers in Birmingham. Before any of that happened, though, Paul moved to St. Pete as senior designer for the St. Petersburg Times and for the Times’ Bay magazine. He moved to ESPN a year ago. Find his NewsPageDesigner portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Paul turns 47 today.
Krissi Xenakis is head of design at Shake — a publisher of legal software — in New York City. A 2006 graduate of Michigan State University, Krissi served an internship as a features designer at the Denver Post before moving to Norfolk, Va., to work as a print and online designer for Link, a youth tab published by the Virginian-Pilot. When the Pilot shut down Link in 2008, Krissi went back to school and sought work as a freelance designer. Among her projects: Working with Nick Mrozowski on the experimental design tabloid Ink. She earned a master’s degree in fine art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011, spent several months freelancing art direction for Good Housekeeping magazine and joined Joe Zeff Design in in 2012. She moved to Shake in 2013. Find Krissi’s web site here and her Twitter feed here. Krissi turns 31 today.
Krissi, Paul and Rod share a birthday with actors Geoffrey Roy Rush, Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, Ned Thomas Beatty, Delloreese Patricia Early (better known as Della Reese), Jeanette Helen Morrison (better known as Janet Leigh), William Joseph Schallert, Bert John Gervis Jr. (better known as Burt Ward), Shelley Marie Hack, Gregory Edward Smith and Jennifer Jane Saunders; musicians Curtis James Jackson III (better known as 50 Cent), Kate Marie Nash and William John Clifton “Bill” Haley; TV host Mervyn Edward “Merv” Griffin Jr.; comedian Patrick Layton “Pat” Paulson; spiritual leader Lhamo Dondrum (better known as the 14th and current Dalai Lama); first lady Anne Frances Robbins (better known as Nancy Davis Reagan); President George Walker Bush; Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones; sports greats Pau Gasol Sáez (basketball), Jason Thompson (baseball), Brandon Richard Jacobs, John Frederick “Fred” Dryer and Nnamdi Asomugha (all three football); comic book creator John Lindley Byrne, newspaper executive Thomas “Tom” Curley and Tumblr creator David Karp.
In addition, today is International Kissing Day and Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day. Seriously.
Have a great birthday, y’all! Best wishes!