Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six excellent visual journalists…
Erin Crabb is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas, Erin spent three years with the Star-Tribune of Casper, Wyo., before moving to Iowa in 2010. She turns 31 today.
Dave Gray is a creative an innovation consultant for a number of firms: He’s co-founder of Boardthing, founder and CEO of Limini and a board member of Rosenfeld Media. He’s based in St. Louis, Mo. A 1984 graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Dave worked as a news artist at the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before leaving to create XPLANE — an information design consultancy – full-time in 1996. His most recent book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers, was published in 2010. Find his book’s web site here and his personal web site here. Find his Twitter feed here. Dave turns 49 today.
Marie-Louise Rosseau is a former subeditor for Media24 in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s a graduate of nearby Stellenbosch University.
Rick McKee is an editorial cartoonist for the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. A 1987 graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Rick spent a year-and-a-half as a staff artist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before moving to the Chronicle in 1990. Find his cartoon archive here and his Twitter feed here.
Brian Simms is deputy editor for print and digital presentation at the the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky. He’s a 1999 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. Brian turns 39 today.
Mike Zlotnicki is an associate editor for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. A 1984 graduate of USC Sumter and a 1987 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Mike spent 17 years with the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., serving as outdoors editor. Find his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 51 today.
Marie-Louise, Erin, Brian, Rick, Dave and Mike share a birthday with actors Kate Garry Hudson, James Edward Franco, Hayden Christensen, Ashley Tyler Ciminella (better known as Ashley Judd), Timothy James “Tim” Curry, Dudley Stuart John Moore, Vera Jayne Palmer (better known as Jayne Mansfield); Richard Stanford Cox (better known as Dick Sargent; musicians Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman (of Slayer) and Richard Dorian “Dickie” Goodman; sports greats Maria Yuryuvna Sharapova (tennis), Troy Aumua Polamalu (football), Joseph Patrick “Joe” Mauer (baseball), Alfred Unser Jr. (Indy car driver), Jack Roush (NASCAR owner) and Darryl John Sutter (basketball coach); lawman Eliot Ness and CIA officer Valerie Elise Plame Wilson.
In addition, today is Bicycle Day, National Garlic Day and National Hanging Out Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday!