Hello! I am Sinem!
I am a 25 years old architect, master of urban design student, street art wonderer and a futurist from Turkey. Although I don’t call myself a graphic designer I have also been creating in the graphic design field since my bachelor years as a freelancer.
While studying architecture for my bachelor degree at Gazi University-Turkey and Politecnico di Milano-Italy, I have participated in many international/national design workshops where I got the chance to design different urban games and also a few playgrounds for kids as well as for adults while believing that “play” is not only for children.
Currently I am about to finalize my urban design master studies with my thesis based on an urban storytelling board game called “Co-gnito” which aims to understand peoples urban perception and to create a collective cognitive spatial map as a valuable input for urban designers. The fact that gaming hasn’t been explored widely in terms of its capacity of raw qualitative data collection from city users was my main starting point while designing Co-gnito which resulted in designing a tangible storytelling game where players add-on each others stories and experiences in a specific context and reflect their spatial feelings. It has been designed during my research studies at KU LEUVEN-Belgium and currently being tested at Middle East Technical University-Turkey. Serious gaming especially in the field of urban studies is my major research interest which I am willing to build my professional carreer on while I am also highly interested in educational shildren board games focusing on gender equality in terms of societal mission stereotypes or profession selection. By September 2019 I will finalize my thesis studies in Turkey and start my second masters degree at University College London.
Besides my academic background, I have a special interest on street art and for some years now, have been travelling to see and document street art works around the world. One of my biggest goals is creating an AR based game on street art works.
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Best wishes from Turkey!