Design is a good friend of technology. Computer brings them together and we see their collaboration in various forms, like web-design, architecture, fashion, visuals… However, design is in love with emotions; therefore, trends rise from the human effects like passion, love, envy, inadequacy and longing.
That is why there are two ends of development for design. As we move to a modern and space-like design trends with the help of technology, we also move towards the ethnic and rarest bits of culture that make us feel unique and safe, in a way. We want oriental elements with modern details.
These photos are from Elmaci Pazari in Gaziantep, Turkey. Since we were born in there, we always found the ethnic elements as the typical details of life. However, as we traveled outside this city for our education, first to Istanbul then to the US, we started to grasp the meaning of culture, and the depth of past. We realized that some cultural details that belonged to our past had nothing to do with other people’s life. Yet, these ethnic forms and utilities somehow show themselves in daily lives of these people who had never been to Elmaci Pazari in Gaziantep, because culture does not have an exclusive identity and no boundaries when it is a part of a design. Because, design longs for a concept and the best forms can be found in the roots. And of course, because design is in love with emotions.
The concept of future somehow manages to encapsulate the past and now. Design offers opportunities to bring different cultures and when we let design to love emotions, collaboration can be the future of design.
Ovgu and Oyku
Note: This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader
Today is the birthday of Özdemir Asaf, who passed away 36 years ago and still remembered dearly by Turkish literature fans.
We got quite interested in literature when we were in high school, and Özdemir Asaf was one of the poets who taught us how deep and sophisticated Turkish language can be. Even his shortest poems are enough to make us think.
We wanted to remember him on his birthday.
He has a lot of poems and it is hard to pick the favorite ones, but to give an idea we wanted to write the names of his poems that we love.
Playing on a street and interacting with the people around; one of the most beautiful moments of art…
I used to watch this video when I was in high school. I was a big fan of Yann Tiersen back then (I still am a fan) and I enjoyed listening to his musical pieces as I wrote. I also listened to him while reading, sometimes as a soundtrack.
I know almost all of Tiersen’s pieces, but this video above is one of my favorites. Warm lights on a beautiful random street, before it is dark, peaceful music and happy people…
Let the world be this beautiful…
A few years ago, when I was an intern at Walt Disney Turkey I have read a book about the making of Lion King Musical. At the time I haven’t seen the musical, but I had heard a lot about the creative costumes and the design. The book introduced me to Julie Taymor, the director and the designer of the Lion King musical. Taymor’s acclaimed design and the puppet-costumes brought her many Tony Awards and also admiration of Broadway-lovers.
We saw the Lion King musical last spring as an Honors Forum trip at Skidmore College. It was amazing!
Half a year later, Continue reading
Last year Ovgu wrote New Year’s resolution blogpost so I wanted to write mine this year. These small resolutions help us to bring new beginnings to our lives and we discover what we can do more.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is exercising more (as if I am exercising at all now). I am not going to go far though, just exercising in a somewhat systematic way. To be honest I really want to try pilates when I look at the celebrity instagram posts about pilates, but pilates is not among my 2017 resolutions this year. I am thinking Continue reading
A couple of days ago our blog had its first anniversary! We wanted to share what motivates and inspires us to continue writing for this blog. Here are the highlights of our blog for the past year:
- Communicating our love of Life with Louie cartoon, and connecting with its creator Louie Anderson. He liked our post and followed us on Twitter! We love the power of writing and communication. If someone told this to us when we were little twins watching Life with Louie, we would go crazy – we still did. (You can read that post here.)
Collection of inspirations – it can be a sketchbook for an artist, a recorder for a songwriter, or a journal for a writer – matters a lot when the times comes to creativity.
In high school we had sketch books for our drawings. Now, we have journals full of Continue reading
I write I write I write…
This was how I start writing if I do not feel like writing at the moment. My Playwriting Professor taught the technique, telling that if you start writing, anything, the rest will come. I agree that in order to write, you need to start writing. Maybe it is not that simple, but the first step brings the rest.
Even though inspirations are helpful for new ideas and sentences, you cannot wait for inspiration to write. Continue reading
A friend once told “I have a desire to write at worst times.” Probably it is the case for many people who like to write. I too want to write when I really do not have time. It seems like the inspiration is waiting the busiest times to whisper in my ear. A single sentence in a class discussion, a line of the news or the rhythm of a music can be an inspiration.
Inspiration sometimes comes in a sentence or an idea that is a part of a story. The best way is Continue reading