..and Design

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Through November 22-December 15, 2000 Kasa Galeri exhibited three internationally renowned designers working in different fields: industrial designer Ayse Birsel, web designer Önder Gürkan and graphic designer Sadik Karamustafa.

Ayse Birsel, won awards in various competitions organised in the US, Japan and France. Birsel has been living in New York since 1986 where she arrived on a Fullbright Scholarship to attend the Pratt Institute. In 1989, her masters thesis "The Water Room" won her the award of the "Design the Future" competition in Japan as well as the "ID Magazine Concept". In 1995, she designed a combination of bidet and toilet seat which she considers to be "a very exciting experience of a Turkish designer working with a Japanese manufacturer for the American market". In 1997, she designed a modular office furniture system for Herman Miller. Designs by Ayse Birsel are shown for the first time in Turkey. In "...and design" she exhibited her toilet seat Zoe and her sink Oscar designed for wet surfaces.

Önder Gürkan is a founder of G-Tasarim, one of the first web design studios in Turkey established in 1995. His fields of expertise include web design, multimedia design, interface design, visual web theories and internet solutions. Having chosen his PhD thesis topic as "web design as a separate field of design", he attended many conferences on Web Design and the Internet Culture. In his understanding that web design calls for a new perspective on design. He aims to produce visually and functionally rich, high technology products which presents and conveys the information clearly, solves the various problems of site-owners, and also tempts the users to come back and revisit the website. Gürkan calls his work solutions for total digital design. He has designed over 150 web-sites and he has exhibited many of his web-sites as well as a short film about the design process in "...and design".

Finally in the exhibit called "...and design", Kasa Galeri also presented the sketches and drawings which feature the design process of Sadik Karamustafa for a series of book covers. "Yeryüzü Sairleri Dizisi" (World Poets Series) consist of 21 books. During the exhibition, two seminars were held in which Karamustafa explained the design development and the narrative techniques of the book covers, and discussed two international manifestos regarding the future of design. As mentioned in the March 2000 issue of Graphis, Karamustafa is not only one of the masters of graphic design in Turkey, but with his colourful, alternative, narrative and creative typographical style he also holds a respected place among the European poster designers.

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