Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to eight gifted visual journalists…
Matt Bambach is a grad student at the University of Maryland. A 2011 graduate of Michigan State University, Matt specialized in 3D animation. He interned at Bryan Christie Design and the Seattle Times and joined the Toronto Globe and Mail upon graduation. He left last summer to go back to school. He’s currently interning as a studio intern at Baltimore’s Globe Collection and Press. Find his web site here and his Flickr gallery here.
Keith Claxton is a former designer and an editorial content manager for business, money and real estate pages of the Chicago Tribune. A 2001 graduate of the University of Missouri, Keith spent a year there in 2007 teaching infographics. He’s currently working on a master’s degree in information services at DePaul University. He’s also taught at DePaul as an adjunct. Find his Twitter feed here. Keith turns 36 today.
Darlene Horn is the San Diego editor for Zagat. She’s also a longtime food blogger who created and runs the web site My Burning Kitchen. A 1995 graduate of San Diego State University, Darlene spent nearly eight years as an editorial design assistant for the San Diego Union-Tribune. In 2005, she moved to the Los Angeles Daily News as a business section desk editor and designer. She moved again in 2006 to the Orange County Business Journal and leaped to the San Diego Business Journal a year later. The SDBJ laid off a number of staffers in 2013, including Darlene. Later that year, she launched Zagat’s San Diego web site. Zagat is owned by Google. Darlene is married to former Union-Tribune graphics wiz Paul Horn, who now freelances and produces a web comic.
In 2012, they collaborated on a collection of Darlene’s writing and Paul’s cartoons called the Girl with the Donut Tattoo. Find that book for sale here. Find Darlene’s Twitter feed here.
Martin Huisman is art director for Het Nieuwsblad in Antwerp, Belgium. A 1981 graduate of the design academy at Eindhoven, Martin spent eight years as assistant art director for Geïllustreerde of Amsterdam and four years as the same for a weekly magazine called Nieuwe Panorama before being promoted to art director in 1993. He was named art director of Mediaxis in 1998, art director of Ché — a monthly magazine — in 2000 and then art director of de Morgen in 2001. He moved to his current position in 2010.
Justin McGuire is major league baseball editor for the Sporting News in Charlotte, N.C. A 1990 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Justin spent two years as a reporter for the Greenville (S.C.) Piedmont before moving to Silver Spring, Md., as a reporter and editor for Business Publishers. He then became managing editor of Capitol Publications in Alexandria, Va. He spent nine years as an assistant city editor and then city editor for the Herald in Rock Hill, S.C. He moved to the Sporting News in 2008. Justin turns 47 today.
Ken Mowry is vice president of e-commerce for Orvis, an outdoors-type retailer of Sunderland, Vt. A 1986 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Ken worked as a graphic artist for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader before becoming assistant art director of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1989. He became graphics director of the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., in 1992. He hired me a few months after he got there. Five years later, Ken made the leap into the digital world, working as creative director of Total Sports, creative director of e-commerce for Kohl’s stores and then director of customer experience for Sears. He spent nearly three years as a senior vice president of user experience at Bank of America and then moved to Charming Shoppes, a women’s clothing retailer based in Bensalem, Pa., in 2009. Ken returned to Wisconsin in 2012 as general manager of retail at BuySeasons Inc. He moved to Red Envelope, an online gift store in San Diego in 2013 and then to his current gig last fall. Find his Twitter feed here.
Jamee Tanner Urrea is director of creative services for Central Michigan University. A 1994 graduate of Ohio University, Jamee spent a year as a graphic artists with the Akron Beacon Journal and another year with the Detroit News before leaving the newspaper business in 1996 to become a media specialist for InfoCision of Akron. She moved to the Lansing State Journal in 2001, spent 11 years as a design editor and audience editor and left the business again in 2013. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Jamee turns 43 today.
Rachel Van Blankenship is a features designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2006 graduate of the University of Montana, Rachel spent a year as a designer for the Standard Times of San Angelo, Texas, and then five years with the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Times Leader before moving to Phoenix in 2012. Find her web site here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Rachel turns 31 today.
Darlene, Rachel, Keith, Matt, Martin, Jamee, Justin and Ken share a birthday with actors Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Michelle Tisdale, Ronald Arthur “Ron” Silver, Sal Rubinek, George Fisher (better known as Brock Peters) and Curtis Wain Gates (better known as Ken Curtis); musicians Devin Star “Dev” Tailes and Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch; comedian David Hale “Dan” Rowan; TV writer and producer Lawrence Eugene “Larry” David; model Jerry Faye Hall; sports greats José Canseco Capas Jr., Ángel Manuel Pagán (both baseball), Chad Steven Henne and Carlos Cornelius Rogers (both football), John Garvin “Johnny” Weir (figure skating), Alexandra Patricia “Alex” Morgan (soccer), Samuel Jon “Sam” Hornish Jr. and Richard Lee Petty (both auto racing); Mexican leader Vicente Fox Quesada; shoe collector Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romualdez Marcos; physicist Hans Albrecht Bethe; novelist Herman Hesse; civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers; Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and hamburger salesman David “Dave” Thomas.
In addition, today is Compliment Your Mirror Day, I Forgot Day, Made in the USA Day and World UFO Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, folks! Best wishes!