Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four outstanding visual journalists…
Allison Duda is an assistant art director at Time magazine in New York City. A 2006 graduate of Ohio University, Allison interned at Time before signing on as a designer for the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J. She designed news and features pages as well as the APP’s monthly luxury magazine. In 2008, she moved to Time Out New York magazine, where she concentrated on the Shopping & Style section. She moved to New York magazine in 2011 as art director for the weddings edition. She returned to Time in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here. Allison turns 32 today.
Tim Goheen is director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. A 1986 graduate of Michigan State University, Tim spent eight-and-a-half years as a news artist for the State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. In 1995, Tim became a senior illustrator for the old Knight Ridder-Tribune graphics service. He was promoted to art director in 1995. He earned a master’s degree in visual journalism from Ohio University in 2006. Shortly after, KRT changed its name to MCT. Tim moved back to Ohio in 2014. He turns 52 today.
Bukky Ogunsina is a reporter for Government, a weekly newspaper published by the Leadership newspaper group of Abuja, Nigeria. A graduate of Cardiff University in the U.K., Bukky was named print reporter of the year for 2013 by the Nigerian Union of Journalists. Find her Twitter feed here.
Kris Visselman is founder of the Electric Ivy Creative Group and based in Los Angeles. A 1988 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Kris was a Presidential Fellow and competed on the swim team. She served internships at the Arizona Republic and the Sacramento Bee before signing on as a news artist and then a designer at the Bee. She left in 1993 to become art director for the Valley and Orange County editions of the Los Angeles Times. In 1998, she leaped to the Orange County Register as senior art director and then moved again in 2003 to the San Jose Mercury News as creative director. In 2005, Kris joined National Geographic Maps as editorial and design director, responsible for maps for the various divisions of National Geographic and its outside partners and was named director of digital product development in 2007. In April 2010, she was named vice president for product development and chief creative officer of U-T San Diego. She served as president of the Society for News Design four years ago. She’s married to Javier Zarracina, graphics editor of Vox. She left San Diego in 2014. Find Kris’ Twitter feed here.
Allison, Bukky, Tim and Kris share a birthday with actors Neve Adrianne Campbell, Lena Headey, Clive Owen and Seann William Scott; musicians Gwen Renée Stefani, Thomas Lee Bass (better known as Tommy Lee, the drummer for Mötley Crüe), Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan, Ashlee Nicole Wentz (better known as Ashlee Simpson), Lindsay Adams Buckingham, Ray Edward “Eddie” Cochran, Ernest Evans (better known as Chubby Checker); comedian Gregory Everett “Greg” Proops; animal trainer Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy); sports greats Frederick Steven “Fred” Couples (golf), David Mark “Dave” Winfield and Dennis Lee Eckersley (both baseball) and Anquan Kenmile Boldin (football); activist-turned-TV host Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton Jr., astronauts Charles Moss Duke Jr. and Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan; writers Thomas Clayton Wolfe, Eugene Luther Gore Vidal and James Alfred Wright (better known as James Herriot); comic book creator Rob Liefeld and cartoonist and Mad magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman.
In addition, today is Inter-American Water Day and World Card Making Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!