From the Archive — Zero Istanbul Design Guide Workshop

About this time last year, Zero magazine had invited some selected professionals and design students to participate in to a cover workshop, under the curatorial statement ”Design your own Istanbul”, on which the participant had produced B&W photocopied artworks to be used as a dust jacket for the distributed guide. I, for the cover, had cut parts from the articles on previous issues related to Istanbul directly or indirectly; produced a cover for “Istanbul” without a visual resemblance to the city.

To see the video: http://vimeo.com/53672577

You can check further info and photos from: http://its-istanbul.com/istanbul-design-guide/

To see the whole bunch of work produced on the workshop: http://istanbuldesignguide.zero.eu/Design-your-own-Istanbul

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Rip-offs #01

I just saw the one on the right side in a bookstore tonight, an evident rip-off of a book written by Orhan Pamuk, of which the cover was designed by Hakkı Mısırlıoğlu. Besides taking off my hat to the courage behind plagiarizing a book attached to two prominent figures from above, the three frames from the original cover are still unbelievably visible, half-transparently. What is even more heartbreaking is that the plagiarizer is an academic from Bogazici University, named Şahan Yatarkalkmaz.

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New Work! — Meczup

This poster is titled “Meczup,” and produced for the diploma project of the University of Applied Arts student and a friend Marc Damm.

“Meczup is a word of which the meaning has shifted from a Sufism dervish who has been completely carried away by a mystical experience, to parallelly a regular flaneur on the street who is deranged. How the meaning and the background of the word always makes me feel like to somewhat similar of a wind, some sort of a breeze which is neither here nor there, and exists in an distorted reality than of the regular.”

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Beginner’s Guide to Istanbul’s 2nd Hand Book Festival

Alongside with Filmekimi 2013 film festival, Istanbul has faced one of the two long expected events year round in a month. From the location chosen for the event, Odakule, one can easily pin that it’s a political decision instead of a practical one. Clearly, it came in handy for somebody to push any prospective trouble as far away from the infamous Gezi Parkı as possible, where the festival had originally taken place in the previous years. Which brings us back to the demonstrations. But, let’s keep it silent for now.

In order to ensure a professional yet cosy look, the second-hand sellers were now dissected down to smaller booths, all next or facing opposite to each other. One might be able to bump into any sort of material, from old vinyls to 1930′s typographic theater posters (I still regret not taking a shot at it despite the owner’s forbiddance), or from now sold-out readers to curiosity cabinets. Still. Knowing that during the military regime of the 80′s this kind of stores was an important asset in underground communication, the very soul of this effort now looks a little bit emptied out, if not drained. Although there is an awful warning here about the structural dissolution within 30 years of Turkey’s political history, one can cross his fingers on it, and start taking the festival as a form still not so over-commercialized or toyed, in any sense. As I did. Yet the overall picture remains to be seen…

Anyway, here is the display of what I could be able to get my hands on.

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