Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to eight excellent visual journalists…
Tim Ball is visuals editor for the Bay Area News Group. A product of the City College of San Francisco, Tim has worked at a number of papers including the San Antonio Express-News, the San Jose Mercury News, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Indianapolis Star, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Huntsville (Ala.) Times. He joined the Washington Post in 2009 as a sports designer but left in 2012 to go freelance. He ran the Advance design hub in Birmingham, Ala., until the company got its new design director up to speed. He then helped coordinate and launch a company-wide redesign throughout Digital First Media. He moved back to the West Coast in April. Find his portfolio site here, his Flickr feed here and his Twitter feed here. Tim turns 35 today.
Scott Kaven is owner and creative director of Firetrucker Brewery, where one can find craft beer, art and live music in Ankeny, Iowa. A graduate of Grand View College in Des Moines, Scott spent several years as a graphic artist and 3D illustrator at the Des Moines Register. He spent nine years as art director of Applied Art & Technology in Des Moines before opening Firetrucker earlier this year. Find his Facebook mixed media portfolio page here and his YouTube video page here. Scott turns 41 today.
Jean-Franciois “Jeff” Mignon is CEO and co-founder of RevSquare and Mignon-Media — a digital strategy consultancy based in New York City — and the founder of Kiddoki.com, a news site for readers ages 6 to 12. A 1991 graduate of CFPJ, a journalism school in Paris, France, Jeff later taught at that same school. He has worked and consulted for a number of daily and weekly papers, magazines, web sites and corporations, He was co-CEO of Formules Edito-Presse, a French information design firm. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Jeff turns 49 today.
Arrie Rossouw is CEO of Mobile Potential, a distributor of prepaid airtime with offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Cape Town, South Africa. Arrie works out of the latter. A 1978 graduate of Stellenbosch University, Arrie was publisher of News24, editor of Johannesburg’s Beeld and then Cape Town’s die Burger. He served as editorial director of Media24′s 24.com and MIH Internet Africa before setting out on his own in 2009 as an online and mobile media consultant and strategist. He began working with Mobile Potential in 2010 and assumed his current duties last year. Find Arrie’s Twitter feed here.
Nicole Chin Sasaki is art director of the Foursquare Church in Los Angeles. A 2008 graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Nicole served as design editor for the Clause, the school’s weekly newspaper and interned at ESPN the Magazine and the Orlando Sentinel. She also spent four years as designer and editor for College Fanz, working on basketball and football preview magazines. She began working for Foursquare Church in 2011. Find her portfolio site here and her Twitter feed here. Nicole turns 29 today.
Joshua Siegel is a features writer for the Eagle of Bryan, Texas. A product of the University of Houston, Josh worked as sports editor of the student paper there, the Daily Cougar, and served an internship at the Houston Chronicle. He spent time at Houston Community Newspapers, the Chronicle and the Galveston County Daily News before signing on with the Eagle in 2003.
Jince Thevarmadam is a senior graphic designer and illustrator for Ernst & Young advertising agency, based in Cochin, India. A 2005 graduate of the RLV College of Music and Institute of Fine Arts in Thrippunithura, India, Jince spent a year as art director of Reality Minds and then five years as an artist for the Week news magazine before joining Ernst & Young in 2012. Find samples of his work here and his Twitter feed here. Jince turns 34 today.
Martha Thierry is assistant graphics editor of the Detroit Free Press. She’s a 1981 graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Martha turns 56 today.
Nicole, Joshua, Jince, Tim, Scott, Jeff, Martha and Arrie share a birthday with actors Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu, Masayori “Masi” Oka; Maryam d’Abo, John Amos Jr. and Maria Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich; musician Hayley Nichole Williams (of Paramore); sports greats Gilles Simon (tennis), Colbert Michael “Cole” Hamels (baseball), Jamaal RaShaad Jones Charles, Carson Palmer, John Victor “Blood” McNally (all three football) and Bill Self (basketball coach); scientists Louis Pasteur and Johannes Kepler, Mexican leader Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León; commentator Sarah Jane Vowell, Today show co-anchor Savannah Clark Guthrie and ABC commentator Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs (better known as Cokie Roberts).
In addition, today is Howdy Doody Day and Visit the Zoo Day. Seriously.
Have an fabulous birthday, folks! Best wishes!