Portfolio Meetings

This year, Brand Week Istanbul is hosting the creative names of the future with mentors in cooperation with the Graphic Designers Society. 60 Graphic Design Students and Junior Art Directors who will be selected by Brand Week communities according to their porfolios, will have the chance to present their work to the industry’s creative professionals at Portfolio Meetings which consists of six sessions in between 11:00-12:00 and 16:00-17:00 on 7 – 8 -9 November.

The deadline of application for the event which has limited seats is 2nd of November.

Mentors

  • He is an academic in the Department of Graphic…
    UĞURCAN ATAOĞLU

    UĞURCAN ATAOĞLU

    Alametifarika, Founder, Executive Creative Director, GMK Member

    He is an academic in the Department of Graphic Design in Mimar Sinan University from which he graduated. On the 25th anniversary of his career, he published the archive book “Yirmibeş Kuruşluk Kitap”, including his works until that day, the essay book “How Are You Bob?”, the illustration book “100 Soru Yüz Cevap”, and the micro history book “Dedem Mehmet Rıfat”.

  • Graduated from the Department of Graphic Arts in…
    ENGİN KAFADAR

    ENGİN KAFADAR

    Advertiser, Creative Director, GMK Member

    Graduated from the Department of Graphic Arts in Anadolu University, Engin Kafadar worked for Art Group, Alice/BBDO, ATCW and RPM/Radar respectively and then, he served as creative director for 6.5 years in LEO BURNETT where he started working in 2001. Following his short-time experience as Creative Director in Manajans/JWT, he took office as Creative Director in Grey/Istanbul for 7 years. As of November 2015, he worked as ECD for 3 years in FCB Art Group Istanbul.

    In the corporations where he worked, he believed in teamwork and won many prizes. (Cannes Lions, Golden Drum, LIA, Clio, NY Festival, Eurobest, Epica, One Show, Kristal Elma, Kırmızı, GMK (Turkish Graphic Designers’ Occupational Organization))

  • He studied graphic design in the Faculty of Fine…
    YİĞİT KARAGÖZ

    YİĞİT KARAGÖZ

    TBWA ISTANBUL, Creative Group President, GMK Member

    He studied graphic design in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Anadolu University and in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Ghent in Belgium. Since 2009, he has worked in SEVEN, DANISKA and RABARBA in Belgium. He has served as creative group president in TBWA/ISTANBUL since 2014.

    Having been awarded twice Eczacıbaşı Young Graphics Designer of the Year by the Turkish Graphic Designers’ Occupational Organization, Yiğit Karagöz won more than 50 national and international prizes in the last 3 years. He still continues providing design studies in universities.

  • He graduated from the Graphic Design Department…
    ATİLLA KARABAY

    ATİLLA KARABAY

    Happy People Project, Creative Director, GMK Member

    He graduated from the Graphic Design Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Anadolu University. He took office as art director in Leo Burnett advertising agency from September 2002 to February 2011.
    He worked for the brands such as McDonalds, Philip Morris, Philips, Chevrolet, Heineken, Cappy, Western Union, Kelloggs, Şölen, Ketek, Borusan Telekom, Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Savarona Art & Craft, Koska, Medicana, Hisar Hospitals, Trakya Birlik, Dask (Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool), Kuzey Kıbrıs Turkcell (Northern Cyprus Turkcell), Barınak Gönüllüleri Derneği (Association of Shelter Volunteers), Tema (Turkish Foundation for Combating Erosion, Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats), Koç Allianz, Gnctrcll, Turkcell, Turkcell Süperlig, İşTcell, Turkcell Kurumsal (Turkcell Corporate).

    Since February 2011, he has also taken office as Creative Group Leader in Happy People Project advertising agency.

  • She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of…
    ZEYNEP ORAY

    ZEYNEP ORAY

    Medina Turgul DDB, Art Director, GMK Member

    She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Mimar Sinan University. She currently serves as Art Director in Medina Turgul DDB.

  • He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of…
    CEM AKAR

    CEM AKAR

    Titrifikir, Founder, Creative Director, GMK Member

    He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Mimar Sinan University.

    He took office in Digital Strategy, Art Directing, Logo Design, Advertisement and Creative Strategy fields in the marketing and advertising industry.

    He founded the agency Titrifikir in 2003 and today, he serves both as co-founder and creative director.

  • Born in 1987 in Bursa, Zeynep Yıldırım…
    ZEYNEP YILDIRIM

    ZEYNEP YILDIRIM

    roundabout, Founder, GMK Board Member

    Born in 1987 in Bursa, Zeynep Yıldırım completed her studies in Koç Private High School in 2006 and then she graduated from NYC Communication Design Department of Parsons School of Design in 2010.

    After working 3 years in New York, she came back to Turkey and following her short-time experience in an agency, she founded the design studio roundabout in 2013 and started providing service in the fields such as corporate identity, packaging and book design.

    She became a member of GMK (Turkish Graphic Designers’ Occupational Organization) in 2012 and in 2018, she was appointed the Member of the Board of Directors of GMK. She is also a founding member of Mirror Circle women entrepreneurs’ platform.

  • She graduated from the Graphics Art Major of…
    YEŞİM DEMİR

    YEŞİM DEMİR

    Demir Design, Founder, GMK Member

    She graduated from the Graphics Art Major of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. From 1992 to 2002, she took office as art director and creative director in Young and Rubicam Reklamevi, Repro and RPM Radar/CDP Europe.

    She was awarded many prizes in various categories at the exhibitions of GMK (Turkish Graphic Designers’ Occupational Organization) in 1993-2013. She founded Demir Tasarım in 2003. She served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of GMK in 2006-2012.

    During 2011-2013 and 2013-2015, she took office as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Design (ico-D, former ICOGRADA). An academic of the Graphics Art Major in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Demir acted as a jury member, gave lectures and carried out workshops in the national and international competitions such as GMK, AWDA, EMZIN, Yahşibey Workhops, Grafist 14, and Taiwan International Design Competition. She was a member of the Advisory Committee of 2nd International Istanbul Design Biennial. Today, she continues her works in Demir Tasarım.

  • He was born in 1978, in İstanbul. Throughout his…
    KENAN ÜNSAL

    KENAN ÜNSAL

    Muhabbet, Co-Founder

    He was born in 1978, in İstanbul. Throughout his career, which he embarked in 1997, he designed communications for local and global brands. In 2000 and 2003, he was named “Graphic Designer of the Year” by GMK. His work has been published in international publications. He won many awards in national and international competitions. In June 2015, he founded Muhabbet with his partner Emrah Karpuzcu. Muhabbet served global brands such as Coca-Cola, Mondelez, ImperialTobacco, Hasbro, Brita as well as a total of 22 local brands, including Eti, Agt, Besiktas JK, Hillside, Babylon, and was chosen the best breakthrough agency of 2017.

  • Özge Güven graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts…
    ÖZGE GÜVEN

    ÖZGE GÜVEN

    TBWAISTANBUL, Design Director

    Özge Güven graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Graphic Design and continued her Master’s degree at the same department. Prior to the advertisement sector, she worked in various design studios in the areas of corporate identity design, publishing design, exhibition design, and packaging design. During her time in the Netherlands, she took part in multidisciplinary projects in studios such as Lava and Ontwerpwerk.

    She worked and continues to work on communication designs of various cultural arts institutions in Istanbul. She was one of the five designers who were invited by the curators of the IKSV (Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation) 3rd Design Biennial to establish the communication of the biennial and who were part of the biennial. She joined workshops at the Yahşibey Design Works, which lasted for 10 years, worked as a project manager; accordingly, she’s been reflecting on design education and tries to remain in close contact with various design disciplines.

    In 2014, she started to work as an Arts Manager in TBWA\İstanbul. As of 2018, with the establishment of the department called TBWA Design Community, she worked as Design Director. Her work was awarded in competitions such as Europen Design Awards, Epica, Dubai Lynx, Felis, Crystal Apple, Red, GMK. She was shortlisted twice in the Cannes Lions; this year, she was granted the Bronze Lion for her latest work, which Turkey won for the first time in Design category from Cannes Lions. Later on, she won the Grand Prix at LoerriesAwards with the same work.

  • In 1997, he graduated from the department of…
    HALUK ERKMEN

    HALUK ERKMEN

    Puck Global, Head of Agency, Creative Director

    In 1997, he graduated from the department of Graphic Design, Faculty of Fine Arts of Mimar Sinan University.

    He worked as Art Director, Group Director and Creative Director in agencies such as Fine Arts/Saatchi & Saatchi, MedinaTurgul DDB, RPM/Radar and Manajans JWT.

    Through him, the agencies he worked for won about 100 awards.

    Then in 2012, he founded Puck-Communication advertising agency and since then, he has been Puck-Communication’s head of agency and creative director.

  • Alemsah Ozturk, Chief Happiness Officer,…
    ALEMŞAH ÖZTÜRK

    ALEMŞAH ÖZTÜRK

    4129Grey, Chief Happiness Officer

    Alemsah Ozturk, Chief Happiness Officer, co-founded 4129 In February 2007. In the first 5 years, 4129 Become the most awarded and successful digital advertising agency of Turkey. As a result, 4129 Acquired by WPP in 2012, pushing the boundaries even more.

    Before 4129, He founded several agencies and startups, naming him the youngest creative director in Turkey at the age of 24. Alemsah’s work on prestigious accounts over the last 20 years has been honoured at Cannes Lions, the Clio Awards, Eurobest, Golden Drum, D&AD, Webby awards and many others.

    He has worked as a jury in Cannes Lions, Golden Drum, New York Festivals and several other local & global award shows.

    He is very active in social media with 250k+ followers on twitter, sharing his thoughts on his blog about creative culture and self development. Alemsah is also very influential speaker and sought by many organisations such as TEDx, and international creativity conferences.

    He is acknowledged as the entrepreneurial example of Turkey by USA VP Joe Biden. As an angel investor, he invested into more than 15 startups and he spend time for mentoring young entreprenuers.

    As of May 2015, Alemsah Ozturk became the new CEO of 4129Grey, merging Grey Istanbul Advertising Agency and 4129 Digital Advertising agency into a new fully integrated communication agency.

    While he isn’t working on creative projects, he tries to finish his next book, writes articles for Harvard Business Review and plays games.”