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Design Radar: Design for your Hero!

29 April 2021

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In the workshop, the participants will be given a mini 'Introduction to Design' lesson in which the field of industrial design and design processes are explained, and then the participants will make a design for a hero they will choose by lot. Participants will test their creativity by drawing in this interactive workshop. At the end of the workshop, academic awards will be given to the best designers captured by our Design Radar.

Form ve Formül

July 2019

Kadir Has University Department of Industrial Product Design is inviting design students to participate into an exciting summer workshop program that will take place on board the fabulous schoolship STS Bodrum, run by Municipality of Bodrum. The workshop will be conducted by Kadir Has University’s teaching staff  Turgut Çırpanlı, Ayşe Coşkun and Turkey’s prominent yacht and product designer Can Yalman.

Traditionally, a design is composed by a set of definitions: A definition of form, of function and of a certain aesthetic value. It is defined by lines, measured by millimetres, concluded with design registrations. Once a design is “done”, every decision about it is complete, there remains no room for further input.

But it does not always need to be this way. Some designs can change their shape, their form according to user interaction. At this point we may ask: Where does a “design” start, where does it end? Put in another way, to what extent a design can use the same name?

On a tree, every leaf is unique. Not one leaf is the same as the other one, however they share the same genetic code. We can clearly differentiate Oak from Spur even though none of their leaves are identical. There are clear proportional values, visual differences based on genetic rules. So, what if designers think like biological entities behave? What happens when designers develop their projects with codes, instead of millimetres? What does it mean to think like a coder, anyway? In this one-week workshop, participants will discover the boundaries of parametric form generation and develop their form generation skills by producing forms that can grow, change, and adapt to conditions, remaining within the set of rules defined by themselves.

Participants will be seeking inspiration for shape shifting form generation within natural elements and discuss the limits of formal definition. Using provided material on board - flexible pipes, ropes and stretchy fabric participants will sketch, design then produce on one-to-one scale, parametrically defined conceptual sunshades, for the beaches that STS Bodrum will encounter while sailing along the Hisarönü bay.

"Yolgeçen" Lounge Area Design with Şule Koç
İstanbul Design Week 2017

November 2017

Yolgeçen Design Process video:

Yolgeçen Recreation Area Design was a 2-week workshop commissioned by the İstanbul Design Week Organization. The aim of the upcycling workshop is to question the situations of resting around concepts such as function, space, time, user behaviour, and to present them within the framework of a fictional design project with creative thinking methods.


Conceptual setup of the workshop; It was created by focusing on user experience with concepts such as a stop on the way to be reached, a break in time, a break in life, and a refuge. After two days of intensive idea development, the prototyping process was realized by focusing on the use of the material with low technological production techniques. The entire creative process and production of the workshop was carried out in Kadir Has University FabLab Workshops.


"Yolgeçen" workshop was commissioned by the İstanbul Design Week Organization by Ayşe E. Coşkun and designer Şule Koç. Students participating in the workshop; Ahmet Tarık Çakır, Bengisu Hallaç, Beril Çöklü, Deniz Özduman, Ezgi Su Demirci, Gamze Parçal, Gülfeda Duman, Hande Biner, Oğuz Sefa Olpak, Safiye Özkan, Saliha Çolak.

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