Emre Parlak
Graphic design & Art direction

I am a visual communication designer living in Istanbul. I tailor project-specific design concepts across various platforms primarily on visual identity, print, and digital design.

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I am a visual communication designer living in Istanbul. I tailor project-specific design concepts across various platforms primarily on visual identity, print, and digital design. I work independently and within Fevkalade, a visual design office which I’m the co-founder of.

After receiving my BA degree (with Honours) in Visual Communication Design at Yeditepe University with full scholarship, I completed my MA degree at Sabancı University Department of Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design in 2011.

I’m passionate about typographic perfection, grid systems, and color interactions. I try 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 my works, created between 2009—2017.

    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
  • 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, 2017. All rights reserved.

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 letter 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.

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.

Drama Yapım /IDENTITY

Identity design for Drama Yapım, a company which aims to create international projects focusing on children, adolescents and families, 2016.

Starting with the keywords ‘different age groups, different areas, dialogues, creation, colorfulness’, a symbol is made in order to reflect these words. The symbol, which is a side face with a mask, looks inside as well as communicating with others. The colors which are used are various and rich in order to reflect these faces and their zones.

9016 /WEB DESIGN

Website design for a 2011 born design and architecture office 9016, 2015.

First aim for the site design is to make every work and information smoothly accessible, and to do this with a simple and neat way. Concatenated work lined up in the flexible grid structure are aligned by the rules on the background. The red line frames the website, it’s also a part of the identity. A structure which is smooth, accessible and readable is aimed. Roboto and Roboto Mono fonts are used because of this simple and neat language.

WEBSITE
Uttu /WEB DESIGN

Web design for Uttu which is aiming to provide high quality and uniquely designed clothing and sewn in Istanbul, 2013.

Clothes are taken as the first and the most prominent elements for the website’s design. With this simple yet characteristic style, functionality and usefulness are two main things to be brought together. Because of their unique, characteristic, strong yet esthetical structures, Base and Base Mono fonts are used.

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Selected Posters

Some selected posters from 2010 to 2017.

Logo Archive

Selected logos and proposals between 2007–2016.

Personal Illustrations

Some personal experiments and practices.