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about me

I am an independent designer with a degree of Master of Design in Designed Objects from School of the Art Institute of Chicago(2015) and Bachelors of Science in Industrial Product Design from Istanbul Technical University(2013). 

I have founded Neferka LLC, a jewelry brand in Chicago in 2015. In my personal work, I try to combine the problem solver design methodology and technological skills of an industrial designer with the sensual, critical and philosophical approach of an artist.

I was the Designer in Residence at ATÖLYE, in Istanbul. I worked for Studio KozSusani as a part time designer, I was part of several projects with Birsel+Seck(New York) in focus group research on user experience design, sketching ideas and creating storyboards for various companies such as GE, Nissan, Bridgestone. I worked for design offices such as Studio Casey Lurie, DemirdenDesign, Adnan Serbest Furniture. I do freelance work.

I am also a design educator. I taught Design Storytelling class at SAIC Designed Objects department, as well as Toy Design and Digital Design classes for Middle School Program in Continuing Studies department. I have organized a number of workshops and design activities in Istanbul in schools such as Uskudar American Academy, Ulus Jewish High School, AÇI Highschool, IELEV Highschool.

I am always excited to hear about new projects and collaborations, so if you think I could be helpful for you please don't hesitate to contact me. Just send me an e-mail at eli@neferka.design.