Ingrid Nelson

INGRID-NELSON

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (RISD)

Hello! I am currently a senior in Graphic Design. I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I describe myself as a quiet social introvert, who can get down for a party, and always up to dance. In my work, I have been exploring the multiple facets and intersectionalities of my identity, as a Black Haitian Female Graphic Designer. I have been dissecting, questioning and trying to merge in these aspects of my life. Right now I am excited about my Degree Project in which I am examining the dynamics of diglossia that is inherent to the Haitian society, and the sociolinguistics context of Haiti where French and Haitian Creole co-exist. I want to amplify ways that Haitian Creole is already elevated, and really open a discussion about its place in our society.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in Port-au-Prince now living in Providence

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Both, when needed

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Erykah Badu, her sense of self and authenticity.

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
No, unfortunately!

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
I had a few, Les Razmoket (Rugrats), Tintin, Tortue Ninja (Ninja Turtle), Asterix & Obelix . . .

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Afrofuturism by Ytasha Womack

ANY PETS?
I have a cat named Martian.

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
Haitian Creole, French, English, I dabbled in a little bit of Spanish and Arabic.

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Kirikou is to me a classic.

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
I have recently fallen in love with the work of Kerry J. Marshall.

FAVORITE CHARITY?
I like contributing to effort helping with education in Haiti.

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Catching up on my favorite shows

LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
My advisor told me in crit today to hone in on my abilities to create community through storytelling.

DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
I would say notebooks because I like to write and jot my ideas down.

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Orange

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
I have used Questa quite often. I am also a sucker for good old Aksidenz.

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
I always push the extra mile, and try to make my work reflect my personal values. I can improve in how I take criticism and communicate.

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A dancer

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Dream, Believe, Inspire.

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