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I’m a designer specializing in visual and user experience design, and I live in Portland, Oregon.

I have worked on a wide variety of projects including adult animated shows, cartoons, data-driven platforms, digital products, campaign concepts-builds, mobile game and branding.

I enjoy working with future-focused brands interested in exploration and reinvention. I have expertise in the design process including research, concepting, creative problem solving, and project iteration with a strong focus on user experience and collaboration.

​When I am not working, I like spending time in nature, imagining the future of interactive entertainment, playing sports and games, conversing about immersive media, watching documentaries, and exploring restaurants.

Some of the brands that I worked with

intel logoFedEx logoFlir logoDeMarini LogoIntuit logoP&G logoClorox logousp logofirst 1 tech logoAdidas logo

EXPERIENCE

UX Designer - Ziba Design

September 2020 - August 2021, Portland, OR

Created digital experiences and participated in the research, definition, and execution stages of UX for clients like FedEx, Clorox, P&G, and Intuit. Worked on a web-based social virtual reality commerce concept designed to introduce a new digital shopping experience.

Assistant Instructor - University of Oregon via 2U UX/UI Boot Camp

August 2020 - September 2021, Portland, OR

Part-time assisting students with design thinking, user experience and user interface design methods and techniques, providing feedback on weekly homework, and facilitating activities and projects in the intensive six months digital classroom setup.

Visual Designer & Assistant to Program Head - University of Oregon

September 2019 - August 2020, Eugene, OR

During my master studies, worked one-on-one with the head of the Architecture & Environment department to design both digital and print communication materials, such as lecture posters, faculty booklets, and social media content.

Visual Designer - Periscopic

January 2019 - June 2019, Portland, OR

Created design systems, style guides, high-fidelity mockups, and user interface components for internal projects and interactive data visualizations for clients like United States Pharmacopoeia and the Lumina Foundation within a small team.

UX/UI Design Intern - Phase2 Technology

September 2018 - December 2018, Portland, OR

Worked with product managers and developers to design user interface and style guides to support CrossFit, Lineage Logistics, Northwell Healthcare, and Aviation Week’s websites and mobile applications.

Design Intern - R\West

June 2018 - September 2018, Portland, OR

Designed various visual materials such as banner campaigns, interface assets, and motion graphics for multiple projects and platforms within a fast-paced team environment for brands such as DeMarini, Flir, First Tech, and Intel.

Visual Designer - PNCA International Office

September  2017 - May 2018, Portland, OR

Created the international office visual identity system and social media pages. Produced communication materials for multiple events.

EDUCATION

University of Oregon

MS in Advertising and Brand Responsibility

2019 - 2020

Pacific Northwest College of Art

BFA in Communication Design, Digital focus

2017 - 2018

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Communication Design + Art Direction

2015 - 2017 (Transferred to PNCA due to closure)

Istanbul Bilgi University

Visual Communication Design + Business & Managerial Economics

2013 - 2015 (Transferred to SFUAD after a year long study abroad program)

SKILLS

Design

Visual design, Illustration, Data visualization, Interaction design, and Motion design with Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, and Figma, 3D, VR, and AR with Blender and Unity

Tools

Rapid prototyping using Figma and Invision, Interactive flow with Figma, Unity and HTML/CSS, JS, Workshop Activity with Miro and Mural

Research

Data analysis (Qualtrics), Persona hypothesis, A/B Testing & Experiment, User flow, Survey, Journey mapping, Competitive analysis, and Heuristic evaluation

Collaboration

Organizing workshops, Facilitating design critiques, Self starter, Detail-oriented,Flexible, and Communicative