Principal Designer, Nanonude Limited, London
Founded Nanonude to offer freelance design services in London. Looking forward to taking on projects at any stage for all size companies from large multinational brands to ambitious start-ups.
Sep 2016 – Present
UX Designer, OneFlow Systems, London
Working on couple of exciting features and a new product from ground up in open collaboration with the product manager and development teams. Solving UX and interaction design challenges that manifest themselves through prioritization, scope, "fitness" with existing products and limitations within technical systems.
May 2018 – Present
Design research and experience journey mapping for a simple at-home genetic test for newborn developed by Sema4 Genomics.
Had the opportunity to step in as an interim interaction designer at Elsevier. Joined their fresh design team in early sprints of the build phase for a new product that I previously took an active part in ideation and concept elaboration.
Collaborated with Elsevier to create a collective academic publishing platform.
Jan 2017 – Jan 2018
Digital Product Designer, Woisio / Olea Software, Istanbul
First and only product design hire. Had my nger in too many pies, everything design related from landing pages to investor decks. Introduced agile methods to the dev team. I did guerilla user research, ideated many solutions, made product decisions, prototyped some, hammered out which works best for us. Failed early and often. Gained well-versed experience at cross-platform delivery for web/mobile/tablet/TV.
June 2012 - Jun 2016
Freelance Design Researcher, Ethnogram, Istanbul
User experience design, service design, design research and ethnography. Worked as a freelancer on sev- eral projects spanning over more than 2 years.
Jul 2012 – May 2015
User Experience Manager, Tribal Worldwide, Istanbul
Managing a diverse and high-achieving user experience team, consisting of information architects and designers. Clients worked for: Telecommunications (STC, Turk Telekom, TTNET, Avea), Finance (Akbank, Finansbank), FMCG (Ulker, Milupa Aptamil, Frito Lay), Media & Entertainment (Babylon, Smirnoff), Durable Goods (Arcelik)
Apr 2010 - May 2012
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Digital Design & Web Standards Specialist, Manadigital, Istanbul
Adapting agency project lifecycle to produce research-based, user centered, web standards compliant products. As member of technical staff, worked on programming front-end design.
May 2008 - Mar 2009
Jun 2007 - Mar 2008
Aug 2005 - Jul 2006
Product Design, Interaction Design
User Interface, Visual & Brand ID Design
Documentation & Prototyping (user stories, diagrams, flowcharts, wireframes, mock-ups)
Content Strategy & Planning
User Research & Testing
Design thinking, design sprint, user interviews, benchmarking, gathering feedback, collaborative innovation, microcopywriting
Bridging technical & design teams
Document reviews from research/brief phase to final specs
Omnigraffle, Keynote, Balsamiq Mockups, InVision
Adobe Creative Suite (PS, AI, IND, FL)
Agile Development (Pivotal Tracker, Trello, JIRA)
Interaction Design: Fashion & Technology, Art, Culture & Design, Research in Interaction Design, Mass Media Interactive Media, Critical Design
Product Design: Design Semantics, Intellectual Property and Design, Future Directions in Design, Advanced Design Project I/II
Bachelors: Rapid Visualization, Design Theory & Methods, New Product Development, Multimedia Design Studio
Achievements & Experiences
Workshop, Don’t Make Me Stare: Scaling UX Design for Fleeting Attention by Alfred Liu, Design of Wearables at CCA, San Francisco, CA. Aug 6, 2014
Global Service Jam, Istanbul. Mar 11-13, 2011
Speaker in Paper Session, "A Collaboratively Produced Do-It-Yourself Newspaper" Wilkens, K. and Blasco López, C. and Gürel, Y. and Pérez, V. The Second Nordic Design Research Conference, Stockholm. May 29, 2007
Voluntary Work, Future Design Days "Share – The Power of Collaboration", Stockholm Sweden. Nov 13-14, 2006
Participant, ME Design: Forms of the Mediterranean, "New Packaging Design Solutions for Traditional Turkish Food Products", Genoa Italy. Nov 5-6, 2004
Winner, Best Personal Website Award, "Internet TV Magazin" TV Show, TRT2, Izmir Turkey. 1999
Wilkens, K., Blasco López, C., Gürel, Y., Pérez, V. (2007) A Collaboratively Produced Do-It-Yourself Newspaper, In the Proceedings of the Second Nordic Design Research Conference, May 27-30, Stockholm, Sweden