I work as a senior user experience designer at SAP Labs Palo Alto. I teach on interaction, systems, and communication design at Stanford’s d.school, and lead workshops & UX design as a part of Stanford’s Legal Design Lab.
I hold a Ph.D. in design from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.F.A. degree in Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University in Istanbul.
I am a native of Turkey, from the region Cappadocia, one of the most eccentric sites in the country — and perhaps in the whole region of Eurasia.
Interaction Design, Software UX, Software Architecture, Tangible Interaction, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design
Scenario-based Design, Research Through Design, Human Centered Design Methods, Participatory Design, Design Patterns
Methods and Processes
User Scenarios, Focus Group, Survey, Field Studies, Paper Prototyping, Wire Framing, Agile UX, Crowd-sourcing, Interview, Rapid Prototyping,Cognitive Walkthrough, Experience prototyping
Techniques and Tools
3D Fabrication: Autodesk 3Ds Max, MayaCAD, 3D printing, 3D visualization
Prototyping: Adobe Creative Suite, Axure, Visio, MindMapping, Balsamiq Mockups
My driving questions
I am interested in the relationships people build using products embedded with technology.
My PhD research investigated ways in which interactive products and services support people during the turmoil of transitions, whether it be moving between environments or from one role to another. It does this by developing a theoretical lens to understand the transitional situations and offering new ways of thinking and practicing for designers to apply during the design process.
My work as a designer, a researcher, and a teacher centers on the question of how to enhance people’s wellbeing through designing, building, and evaluating products and services.