Born on May 1, 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey, I have lived all my life in Istanbul except the 2 years in London and 1.5 months in Milano for studying. I have attended American Robert College for highschool education.
After graduating from BA Visual Communication & Design, Sabancı University in 2009, I've moved to London in order to receive my degree in MSc Integrated Product Design from Brunel University and lived in London for the following two years.
I have worked as a freelance graphic designer between 2004 and March 2013. As of March 2013 I have joined the Sizmek Istanbul team, also known as DG MediaMind in those days. I have started of as the "Creative Design Manager" and have been promoted to the "Director & Visual Designer" position as of February 2014.
Keeping visual design as my prior focus, I have always tried to get my hands full with various other creative areas. For the past 3-4 years I have been customising "Designer Toys" and approximately around the beginning of 2013 I have started to design and build string instruments. By doing so, I remind myself of how fulfilling working with bare hands and having to work hard physically can be.
By keeping graphic design as my main focus point, I have trained and gained experience in product design, photomanipulation, 3D modeling, etc. both during and after university. With these additions and more it is safe to call the whole discipline as Visual Design, which is more inclusive.
I have met designer toys by the time I have moved to London and stumbled upon the Kidrobot store. My first few experiences have been with the DIY "Munny" and a few Posca pens. Now, I have a shelf full of the toys I have designed and there are still more to come in the making!
I have received classical guitar training between 10-18 years old. Unfortunately by the time I was 18, I have lost my interest and to this day I still regret quitting the guitar. In order to release my regrets, I have picked up a ukulele in 2011 and soon I started to play string instruments and the guitar once again. However, this time instead of just playing the guitar, I have started building guitars with the help of the design education I have received during these years. My first production was a Cigar Box guitar and then a Strat and I am still continuing on working new instruments.
City: Istanbul, Turkey
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