Typography and Graphic Design in Turkey

Halime Fisenk and Murat Devrim Atilgan, graphic design faculty from Baskent University (Ankara, Turkey) presented lectures on Typography and Graphic Design in Turkey to our students in the Tweed Museum.


Halime, Amber and Murat

These two professors visited with students in Art + Design classes during their week long visit to Duluth this February. They finished their lectures in the Tweed just in time for the blizzard to hit, shutting down the university and the city for several days…


9 thoughts on “Typography and Graphic Design in Turkey

  1. (wow i look terrible…)
    I thought Halime’s lecture was great. It was really interesting to see what kind of assignments Sophomore students at Baskent received for their Typography class. It was especially interesting because it was so heavily based on and influenced by calligraphy even though the students don’t receive formal educations about calligraphy. I thought it was cool to see the way in which some of the students also integrated their 2D paintings and digital work into 3DS Max to make really nice 3D compositions of their typography. It would be interesting to see what American students would do if given the same assignment.


  2. Murat’s lecture was informative about the prominent graphic designers over in the Middle East today, and we got to hear about who some of his favorites are and why. The animation he played about the “Blaber” was pretty cool to see and it was impressive student work. It was fun to see the funny pictures that his students took, also. He seemed a little rushed because of the blizzard and school closing, but he showed a lot of interesting slides of graphic design in Turkey, many of them were for famous American stuff, like Kill Bill movie promotions. That was cool to see because I never really realized that Turkish graphic design is also around us here in the United States.


  3. I liked Halome’s lecture because she showed a lot of student work. I liked seeing the made-up letterforms and I think we should have done a project something like that in Type 1 class. I wish we had something that looked as cool as middle eastern calligraphic forms that were a part of our design culture.
    Anyway, Halome was a really funny lady and I liked her a lot. She explained a lot about differences between types of calligraphy.

    Murat’s lecture was more about the prominent figures in Middle Eastern graphic design, a lot of the designs were familiar. I liked seeing the 3d animation project done by students. I wish he would have shown more of his work but he was a “shy guy.” 🙂

    Overall it was a very informative set of lectures.


  4. I really enjoyed both lectures. I found it interesting how students over in Turkey create calligraphy characters in their designs. They seem like they might have some significant meaning, but they are purely for aesthetic value. I could see how a designer could somehow incorporate american calligraphy style, but seeing their work has an air of mystery, because its not from our culture.
    Murats lecture brought alot more modern turkish design history. I didn’t know a turkish designer worked on the Kill Bill posters over there(I loved the movie). Too bad the blizzard came when it did, since it cut Murat short.


  5. I enjoyed both of the lectures presented by the Turkish visitors. Halime’s lecture was especially interesting because of the focus on calligraphy in graphic design. Since calligraphy is the highest art form in many cultures, it seems important to me for us to learn something about it. Especially in the context of graphic design. The assignment they did where they invented an imaginary typeface was interesting as well. It gave them a chance to play with letterforms without them having any literal meaning.


  6. I found the presentations to be interesting and inspiring. It was very cool to see the work of designers, espesially from other countries. It was a good experience to see what is happening in design over in Turkey. Some of there works were very different as they focused of calligrafic forms and text, while some pieces hade a simmilar feel to what we are used to seeing.


  7. I went to see both the returning students and the Turkish visitors. Both of these lectures were very helpful, but in differant ways. The returning students explained what the graphic design field is really like. I found myself a bit overwhelmed with how competitive it is, but at least I know what I am getting myself into. The Turkish visitors also proved to be quite interesting. It put a spin on the way I typically viewed graphic design. I really enjoyed how abstract the art that was shown was.


  8. I went to the lecture on the snow day.
    I thought it was all very well put together, minus the technical difficulties. I found it surprisingly obvious that we are working on projects so similar to students across the world. I could see typography being used so beautifully in the student work. And since their characters are just completely different to begin with, a whole new dimension ends up being created. What I found particularly interesting was just the concept that these kids are over in Turkey creating their artwork, and gd work, and everything else that they do, not thinking for a moment that it is odd. While we are over here doing the same thing. You dont really juxtapose the two elements until we are offered such an experience as having our foreign guests come throw a little culture our way. I believe this was a fantastic oppoturnity and it was nice to learn from different professors of the arts/.


  9. I was also at the snow day lecture. Although the Turkish visitors briefly visited our class, it wasn’t until the Tweed presentation that I really got a chance to see the differences in our cultures and how they were expressed through art. I was especially grateful when they showed actual student works from their school. One of the biggest differences that I found that contrasted their student works with our own was the heavy influence of caligraphy in their work. It was also a real treat that they were willing to share some of their own design work with us, and I hope they enjoyed their time with us.
    I also attended the panel of former UMD students. This particular presentation was especially helpful becuase it gave me an idea of what to expect upon graduation. I was especially interested in the examples of work that they created in their time here at UMD. In their own way, both lectures were valuable experiences that have influenced the way I view Graphic Design.


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