Diana Flores, RIDG Visual Stategist
Sep 16, 2020 Geoff Nelson Design, Graphic Recording, Innovation, Resourcefulness, Visual Thinking No Comments

20 Questions with A RIDG Visual Strategist: Diana Flores

Diana Flores, RIDG Visual Stategist
Self-portrait by RIDG Visual Strategist Diana Flores
  1. Who are your artistic heroes, mentors or influences?
    I’m influenced by artists I find on Instagram: Martina Flor, Jessica Hische, Steffi Lynn, Samantha Mash
  1. What was the most valuable training you received as an artist or designer?
    Learning about composition and scale with our creative director vastly improved my work.
  1. What has been the work you are most proud of? (visually or otherwise)
    A logo I made for a college friend’s cooking channel. It was a mix of hand lettering and illustrations with very bold colors.
  1. How did you find the field of Graphic Recording?
    I was at a marketing agency feeling burned out and needing a change. After some online job searching, I found the blog of a RIDG graphic recorder and decided to apply.
  1. What do you love about Graphic Recording?
    Every client and job is different. I’m never bored.
  1. If you could be a flavor of ice cream, what would it be and why?
    Vanilla: classic, and not too flashy.
  1. What are the biggest challenges about being a Graphic Recorder?
    Extracting the relevant info from an unfocused speaker.
  1. What’s your favorite art supply or creative tool?
    My iPad is my best friend.
  1. What are your strengths as a Graphic Recorder?
    Letters. I’m good at creative lettering.
  1. What is one thing you wish people knew about the process of Graphic Recording?
    Graphic recording isn’t about talent. It’s a skill I’m always improving.
  1. Which Graphic Recorders or Visual Facilitators do you think we need to know about?
    Nifty Fox Creative, Idea Ink, The Sketch Effect, Ink Factory
  1. Do you prefer walkie talkies or carrier pigeons?
    Carrier pigeons are far superior.
  1. What’s the best thing about working for RIDG?
    Michelle Royal!! Her energy and ambition are inspiring. Working with her has really changed how I see the world.
  1. What is the most surprising or memorable client moment you’ve had with RIDG (without naming names)?
    That time I showed up to the wrong satellite campus (oops!) Luckily, I was an hour early and not too far away from the correct location.
  1. How often do you draw or sketchnote outside of work?
    Almost never. RIDG is not my primary job. Between that, graphic recording and caring for an infant, I haven’t made a lot of time for myself and drawing.
  1. What other art or design skills do you practice outside of your work with RIDG?
    I do branding and design work for my other job. I also like doing lettering.
  1. Besides art supplies, what do you need to have with you on a Graphic Recording gig (particular snacks, a playlist, a plushie, a banjo? A plushie named Banjo?)
    A breast pump. I have a 6-month old, so I have to pump milk when I’m away from him. It’s loud, heavy and uncomfortable #momlife
  1. What’s your favorite stage of the Graphic Recording process (blank slate, pre-sketching/concepting, getting to know the client, active listening, being in the flow, driving home?)
    Bringing a client’s ideas to life. Once I drew a person holding open a gator’s mouth.
  1. If you had to live anywhere in the world besides Florida, where would it be?
    Mexico City. I love how vibrant it is, and there are So Many Museums.

  2. Who would win in a fight, Superman or Captain Marvel? Explain your answer.
    Superman would beat Captain Marvel because he’s the only one I know.
Graphic record of 20 questions by RIDG Visual Strategist Diana Flores
Graphic record by RIDG Visual Strategist Diana Flores