Juan Velasco is the Art Director of National Geographic magazine, in charge of graphics, maps and illustration. Previously, he worked for El Mundo (Spain) and The New York Times. Juan has won close to a hundred awards for visual journalism, and he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001.
In 2002 he started his own consulting company, 5W Infographics, and he has helped restructure art departments in newsrooms around the world. He is a visiting teacher for the Universities of Pamplona (Spain), Hong Kong and Taipei.
Amanda Zimmerman has recently made the break from fulltime graphic design to freelance illustrator. She joined GNSI three years ago and has been busy illustrating with a colleague, a collaborative traveling exhibition of seahorses, pipefish and seadragons. She just finished a series of illustrations of Saudi Arabia petroglyphs. She prefers to work in oils or watercolor pencil in traditional media and mostly utilizes Corel Painter for digital pen and ink and stippling. Her illustration of Phycodurus eques is currently part of the New York State Museum’s Focus On Nature XII show and her body of work can be seen here www.salamandaart.com