Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…
Justin Best is a photo editor for Microsoft’s Filter in Bellevue, Wash. A 1998 graduate of the University of Florida, Justin served as a photographer and photo editor for the student paper there, the Independent Alligator. He interned at the Gainesville Sun, the Miami Herald and the Baton Rouge, La., Advocate before signing on with the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald as an intern and then a full-time photographer. He spent five years as a shooter and then nine years as director of photography and graphics before departing for Microsoft in 2013. Find his portfolio here. Justin turns 40 today.
Daudi Msseemmaa is regional coordinator for Convoy of Hope in Arusha, Tanzania, which operates programs in women’s empowerment, feeding, agriculture and disaster response in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. A 2004 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Daudi served as graphics editor of the school’s student paper, the Daily Egyptian. He spent a summer fellowship at the Poynter Institute before joining the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2005 as a designer. He lived in Tanzania from 2006 to 2009 and then joined the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader in 2010. In 2011, he was named a senior designer at Gannett’s Asbury Park Design Studio in Neptune, N.J. He moved back to Africa in 2012. Find Daudi’s Twitter feed here.
Jim Parkinson is a typography designer and consultant, especially noted for design and redesign of newspaper nameplates. A 1963 graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Jim spent several years working for Hallmark cards of Kansas City, Mo., before moving to San Francisco to design for rock bands including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Kansas, the Doobie Brothers and, eventually, Rolling Stone magazine. He worked for the San Francisco Chronicle but has spent most of the past two decades designing nameplates, typefaces and such from his studio in Oakland. Find his web site here.
Clay Sisk is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. Previously, Clay worked with the Times Record News of Wichita Falls before moving to the Fort Myers, Fla., News-Press in 2008. He moved to Louisville in 2011. Clay has sold free-lance work to clients such as Innovative Kids, Disney magazine and Southwest Airlines. Find his NewsPageDesigner portfolio here, his portfolio site here and his short films here. Clay turns 40 today.
Daudi, Justin, Clay and Jim share a birthday with actors Ryan Rodney Reynolds, Amandla Stenberg and Frank Sutton; musicians Dwight David Yoakam and Eleanor Louise “Ellie” Greenwich; TV personalities Grant Masaru Imahara of Mythbusters, Catherine Elizabeth “Cat” Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance, Greta Brawner of C-SPAN, Sanjay Gupta and Nancy Ann Grace of CNN and John William “Johnny” Carson; directors Ang Lee, Philip Kaufman and Samuel Marshall “Sam” Raimi; model Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado; Philadelphia mayor Francis Lazarro “Frank” Rizzo; meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore “Ted” Fujita; sports greats Alois Terry “Al” Leiter, James Paul David “Jim” Bunning, John Derran Lackey (all three baseball), Juan Antonio “Chi-Chi” Rodríguez, John William Heisman, Douglas Richard “Doug” Flutie (both football) and Edison Arantes do Nascimento (better known as Pelé)(soccer); “the Last Lecture” professor Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch; comedian Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic and writer John Michael Crichton.
In addition, today is National Mole Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day, TV Talk Show Day and iPod Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, folks! Best wishes!