Crystine and Divan Muller
Divan was born and raised in South Africa, where he studied graphic design in 2001. At the same time, he used every opportunity to study and learn more about photography and journalism, albeit informally. He then worked as a freelance graphic designer for an online advertising agency, while working part time at a media monitoring company. Meanwhile, Divan also worked as a volunteer at the South African Air Force Museum, designing informative posters for exhibits, while also helping out at the museum’s image library. At the age of 20, in 2003, he wrote an article on a local aircraft restoration project which was published in a major South African aviation magazine called African Pilot. Little did he know that it was the first of more than 1,000 articles that he would write for that publication over the next 17 years.
In 2004, African Pilot employed Divan as a layout artist and graphic designer, with the added responsibility of writing articles. Then, in 2008, he was promoted to assistant editor, although he remained directly involved in the layout and design of the magazine and other projects, which included the design of websites, banners, catalogues, airport maps, posters, calendars and other marketing material. An avid motoring enthusiast, Divan also served on the committee of the Alfa Romeo Club of Pretoria, where he was responsible for the club’s monthly newsletters and website.
Divan continued working for African Pilot until 2016, when he married Canadian artist Crystine. They lived in South Africa for a few months, before relocating to Calgary, Alberta, where the couple worked together to produce Canadian aviation magazine, Aviation News Journal, while also producing marketing material for various companies. Over the past few years, Crystine has become known for her illustrations, particularly the popular High Flyer comic in each edition of Aviation News Journal. Recently, the team has focussed on expanding its capabilities in terms of web development.