Posted on March 15, 2011




Onur Eker, 27, is a Turkish designer currently living in Istanbul. Onur is working on multidisciplinary aspects focused on design issues. His professional life aside, having been granted a full scholarship, Eker is a senior student at Istanbul Bilgi University in the faculty of communication, department of visual communication design. 


Q.  Can you explain your interest for Publicity & Advertising? Please define P&A for us and it’s meaning for you.
A.  Actually I can’t separate those two. They are sharing their own situations. Advertising can be a kind of ‘game’ allowing people to communicate with each other. It can be creative, attractive etc. but in publicity, you should find a way to describe your ideas by using a medium targeting mass consumers. It also has to be completely perceivable by all people.

Q. Are there any P&A practitioners that you admire and why?
A.  Fabian Baron, Otto Dix, Harald Brodel, Ihap Hulusi

I love all of them. Especially Baron and Brodel. They are using too many tools to create their own ideas. As you may also know, the secret of the creation of a design is the use of as much tools and mediums as possible and available. They always try to find a different way in multidisciplinary field such as typefaces, logotypes, perfume bottle magazine etc.

Q.  What were your subjects on the most important project you had done until today?
A.  I always try to get inspiration from something simple and referable. Every subject can be precious for me. If we take the Universe as an example of space, it is known that everything has its own sense, power and each ‘object’ is connected to the rest of them.
In the future, I would like to focus much more on these simple meanings.

Q.  What were your inspirations?
A.  Nature, people, ink, water, wind, rock, the turkish musician Zeki Müren, E.S.Trio, Galliano etc…

Q.  What are the subjects you chose for your latest works? Is there a story behind your works?
A.  Subjects are always different in my works. I’m focusing mostly on social situations while trying to find referable things to take ideas from.
For instance, untitled proposal poster series focused on ”Değiştirilemeyen düzen kötü düzendir.”

Q.  It seems that you have done some work for national a Turkish newspaper, Hürriyet. Can you talk about your experience?
A.  That was a collaborative project with my creative partner, Azra Ismen. It was some kind of contest about ”mobbing”.

Q.  Can you talk about the work you have done for Martin Parr?
A.  Marttin Parr exhibition is my second exhibition experience in this field. That project was his first retrospective in Turkey. I worked on the production planning, the corporate identity, its graphic design applications and the architectural field operations.

Q.  What was it like to work on a design for the Jarvis Club Event?
A.  That was an event in Spain. The client is the owner of a nightclub in Ibiza.

Q.  It seems that you are also interested in Graphic Design. Can you talk about your works?
A.  I started 5 years ago to work on Graphic designs. It always excites me to be able to actually ‘create’ an idea of mine through a medium. It is a useful way for me. 

Q.  Do you have a favorite piece among all your works? Can you specify the reasons why?
A.  My favorite pieces are the untitled proposal series. That was the first experience of mine; I tried to use social situations in a political medium.

Q.  How about your exhibitions?
A.  I had no personal exhibition yet.

Q.  What equipment & techniques do you prefer to use?
A.  I use 11 different software interfaces and 3 programming languages. They are always changing depending on project I am working on.

Q.  What is the motivation behind your choice of material?
A.  The material is matter in this aspect. Every material has its own secret and my purpose it to kind of discover it. 

Q.  Are you working on new projects currently?
A.  Yes. Personally I have a senior project as my final in the University. I mostly concentrate on its concept and mediums. It’s going to be a kinetic sound sculpture and a live multidisciplinary audio/visual performance. I’ll try to find differences and specificities between sound and wind.

Q.  What are your professional ambitions and your projects for 2011?
A.  My senior project wind: live audio/visual experience.

Q.  How do you hope Pelime can help with this?
A.  It is a nice way to see various works of different artist from all over the world. It’ is also a useful interface because there is no hierarchy; you can see the works all together. There are no selections as good or bad. It is simply a platform that allows you to see and compare professionals and amateurs works together.
This is an important point because if you need to improve your ideas as a designer, you should have the chance to see what is out there, the real challenge.


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