Emre Parlak is a visual communication designer living in Istanbul. He tailors project-specific design concepts across various platforms primarily on visual identity, print, and digital design. He works independently and within Fevkalade, a visual design studio which he is the co-founder of.

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Emre Parlak is a visual communication designer living in Istanbul. He tailors project-specific design concepts across various platforms primarily on visual identity, print, and digital design. He works independently and within Fevkalade, a visual design studio which he is the co-founder of.

After receiving his BA degree (with Honours) in Visual Communication Design at Yeditepe University with full scholarship, he completed his MA degree at Sabancı University Department of Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design in 2011. He also gave typography and design lectures as a part-time lecturer at Yeditepe University and Sabancı University for 2 years.

He is passionate about typographic perfection, grid systems, and color interactions. He tries to take shape according to the content of the project and make the appropriate design decisions as rationally and objectively as possible. The details become prominent as the design takes its final form, making the difference between average and good design.

This website is home to a selection of his works, created between 2009—2018.

    Education
  • 2010MA in Visual Arts & Visual Communication Design with full scholarship
    Sabancı University
  • 2007BA in Visual Communication Design (with Honours) with full scholarship
    Yeditepe University

    Experience
  • 2009 - PresentCo-founder and Creative director at Fevkalade
  • 2017 - 2018Part-time instructor at Sabancı University
    Advance Topics on Typography and Design with Typography classes
  • 2014 - 2015Part-time instructor at Yeditepe University
    Desktop publishing, Web design and Design Workshop classes
  • 2008 - 2010Teaching Assistant at Sabancı University
    Typography, Envisioning Information, Web Design and Design Studio classes
  • 2007 - 2008Graphic designer at Katalist
    Worked on various projects from digital to print

    Areas of Focus
  • Visual Identity
    Print Design
    Digital Design

    Contact
  • E-mailemreparlak[at]gmail.com

    Imprint
  • DesignEmre Parlak
  • DevelopmentGökmen Kurtoğlu
  • FontRoboto & Roboto Mono by Christian Robertson
  • © Copyright: Emre Parlak, 2018. All rights reserved.

Majör Mono Display  TYPE DESIGN

Display type design, 2018. Ongoing project.

Majör is a monospace geometric sanserif typeface that aims to perform in display sizes while it retains its legibility in small point sizes.

It combines a variety of stroke weights and forms through a variety of alternate characters where the user is provided with an eclectic visual collection. Majör is a friendly but pragmatic sanserif typeface with a twist of Scandinavian design flavor.

Will be released by Google Fonts soon.

Jeff Talks: SO?  POSTER

Poster design for Jeff Talks: SO? event, 2018.

Jeff Talks events are talks on design, technology, art and everyday life. SO?, an architecture office, founded in 2007 by Sevince Bayrak and Oral Göktaş in Istanbul.

Inspired by architectural drawings and geometry of letters, the poster consists of a single line thickness and these lines form the letters "s", "o" and "?".

Size: 48 × 68 cm

Toyi  BRANDING

Branding for Toyi, 2018. Ongoing project.

Toyi is a creative play kit that allows children aged six years or older to make toys they imagine using materials around them.

A creative, easy-to-follow identity was created for the creative play kit Toyi. Custom letters made up of basic geometric shapes are on the one hand a logotype and on the other hand the symbol itself. The letter "i" in the Toyi letters is linked to the letter "o" in a small game in the logo and they are forming letter "i" together. In the custom type identity produced, it also creates slogans like "playtoyi". The logo should be able to work on every piece even with a size of 5mm. In the meantime, the logo itself becomes the symbol as well.

Dört Kadıköy  BRANDING

Identity design for the Third Wave coffee shop Dört Kadıköy (Four Kadıköy) in Kadıköy Moda, 2015.

Dört Kadıköy gets its name from four partners who love coffee. Moving through four digits in the logo, 4 pieces come together to form the character '4'. Starting from a single cedar, on a common ground with the plain, brutalist architecture of the place, the pieces are divided equally into halves to form the symbol. The symbol keeps the simplicity and brutality, makes it a way out of it.

the Curatorialist  BRANDING

Identity design for the Curatorialist, 2017.

Founded in 2017 [and imbued with the spirit of Istanbul], the Curatorialist is a web-based platform dedicated to the curation of audacious personas for the inquisitive—and hungry—mind.

The letters in a sophisticated, sharp form create a dynamic structure by dividing into syllables within the established system. This spelling also creates the word "ist" (abbreviation of Istanbul). The hyphens and dot used in the logo were made with humanist brush strokes and contrasted with the letters. Sophisticated, edgy, inviting and open.

Piyano Evi  BRANDING

Identity design for music education center Piyano Evi (Piano House), 2015.

Inspired by the idea of an area and a roof for music education, a simple, minimal symbol is created by creating the letter P over the top view of the piano. These pieces of the symbol also refer to the decorations of the baroque period, forming the main elements of the identity.

ISType  MOTION GRAPHICS

Promotional video design for ISType (Istanbul Typography Seminars), a seminar which aims to encourage people to get more involved into typographic literacy by speeches and workshops, 2012.

Every scene refers to a speaker and these scenes evolve in the grid structure and differ from each other. The basic starting point of the design is the letter design, its 2 dimensional canvas and the grid system on the background. The colors chosen for the speakers are the colors which are gathered as clues to these people’s color tones used in their previous works. For example: Gerard Unger’s personal website and the color purple which was used on his book’s cover.

Taşra Kabare  BRANDING

Identity design for the culture, art, entertainment center Taşra Kabare, 2015

Taşra Kabare is an ‘arabesque – pop – jazz – Turkish style’ place which has ‘traditional’ roots but also aspires to write, direct and produce plays and musicals in it. Starting from this definition, an identity which reflects the cabaret culture, its differences, entertainment, theatre, the place and the country is created. Different letters with different characters and weights come together and form the main elements of the identity.

Gamileo  IDENTITY

Identity design for the new generation job application system Gamileo, 2016.

Taken the geometrical figures as a base, keywords like ‘game, process, movement’ were used to create a custom logotype. The letters in the logo are made by these geometrical pieces coming together; the result is a character full of energy, playfulness and color. The letter ‘g’ is also a symbol for Gamileo and by a 90 degrees turn, it folds into a character. This character gathers an identity in the system and interacts with the users. The pieces that create the letters also take form as a part of the identity in the system’s interfaces.

9016  WEB DESIGN

Website design for a 2011 born design and architecture office 9016, 2018.

First aim for the site design is to make every work and information smoothly accessible, and to do this with simple and neat way. Concatenated work lined up in the modular grid structure are aligned by the rules on the background. A structure which is smooth, accessible and readable is aimed. Atlas Grotesque font is used because of this simple and neat language. And only one weight (regular) and two point size are used to form the simple structure.

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Selected Posters / Illustrations

Selected posters / illustrations between 2010–2018.

01 / ISType Swift poster, 2015
02 / Ses Işık (Sound and Light) poster, 2012
03 / Nerdworking illustration (personal), 2011
04 / Strange Love illustration (personal), 2017
05 / Fear illustration (personal), 2016
06 / Hayvan (Animal) Exhibition illustration, 2012
07 / City Crossings Workshop poster, 2012
08 / Hello How illustration (personal), 2012

Logo Archive

Selected logos and proposals between 2007–2018.

01 / Punctum Creative Production logo, 2015
02 / Gender and Women's Studies Forum logo, 2010
03 / Murat Durusoy Photography logo, 2010
04 / Çağdaş Gösteri Sanatları Girişimi (Contemporary Performing Arts Initiative) logo, 2010