I am a creative and multitalented service and UX designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. After earning my BS in Computer Engineering at Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey), I went to US for an MFA degree in Graphic Design at Boston University. I had the opportunity to work in various design disciplines since 2008, sometimes as freelance and sometimes as a full-time designer. I’ve mostly focused on service design and UX design for the last 4 years, which is one of the best areas that I can benefit from my diverse background. Currently, I’ve been working as a Senior Service Designer at Fjord Istanbul since January, 2013.
My path began in a small city in Middle Anatolia. I was good at math, science and art, so my family decided I should continue being good in math and science. So I did. I was ranked 182nd in the university entrance exam in Turkey, among 1.5 million students and I got accepted to Bilkent University with a full scholarship.
When I was an undergrad in Bilkent University, I was taking a private painting class outside the school. It started as a nice activity for the weekends but after two years it was not enough to satisfy my art needs, so I also took art & design classes from other departments at Bilkent. In my junior year, I made my decision that I do not want to work as an engineer. My family advised me to graduate from computer engineering and to do whatever I want after graduation. So, I did.
When I learned that I got accepted to Boston University from a concert invitation e-mail that I got in the middle of the night (time difference sometimes works for surprises), I was trying to keep my motivation after all the rejection letters I got. For me it was like a miracle, because it was the last school that I haven’t heard about my application.
Two years in Boston was one of the most important milestones in my life. I learnt how to live on my own, how to believe in myself, and what is the least disgusting way to eliminate mice in your apartment.
After graduation, I was ready to make a living as a designer. Thanks to the economic crisis in US back then, I had to come back to Turkey. I started working as a graphic designer, trying to stay away from digital world. I could have told myself that it won’t happen, but it’s inevitable. So, after two years of resistance I faced with the reality and got my hands dirty in user experience design.
Then I discovered that what I like most about my job is solving complicated problems. By complexity I don’t only mean the complexity of problem itself, but solving that problem in the given constraints of the professional world. It’s like someone asking you to prepare an innovative pasta dish, that has not been done before, and that would be ready in 5 minutes and that is also healthy & delicious. Needless to mention it should look appealing too. Well, I don’t know what that pasta dish is but I know what the process is for finding that dish.
I love being surrounded by drawing pencils, markers, crayons, craft papers and my passion for packaging design, illustration and children’s books will never end. However, if you’d ask me what I would’ve been if I hadn’t been a designer, I would definitely be a culinary chef (now you got the pasta metaphor above). Who knows, maybe some day I would be. If you’d like to see what I cook, have a look at my blog that mostly focuses on food. Well, it has a lot more to do, but I believe baby steps are better than nothing.
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