Erol has been a designer, creative director, and maker for over 15 years. As Creative Director for startups and agencies, Erol has built and managed branding, design, and product launches from idea to launch. He nurtures a holistic approach to design — customer delight, brand experience, detail, and value — that has helped many brands reinvent and launch themselves into the world.
My role at Punch is designing, creating, and nurturing the creative ecosystem that companies rely on to engage and delight their customers through product, design, and brand. I manage designers and engineers to meet client deadlines and exceed their expectations.
I worked with a remarkable team creating a design vocabulary that established Twice as the destination for secondhand fashion online. Under my direction, we in-housed everything creative: photography, UI, product, web, mobile, iOS, Android, and print.
Co-founder, Head of Product
I designed the product, user interfaces, and identity for Instore, which included iOS, web, marketing, and branding. Good design thrived in our products and good experiences made our customers experience our slogan of “happy selling.” I managed other designers in illustration, film, and graphics, as well as engineers, to develop our flaship product, Insotre, an iPad-based point of sale system for retail and restaurant businesses.
Grahpic Designer and Front-end Developer
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I worked with multiple departments, professors, and schools as a graphic designer and front-end web developer.
From May 2008 to September 2009, I was an employee of the Art at Michigan, a division of the Office of New Student Programs, and designed, coded, and maintained a standards-compliant website and weekly newsletter. I worked with team of 2 Web masters and 2 designers. Created in-house style guide and standards manual for the production of consistent branding and coding practices for the staff.
In tandem, from July to November 2009, I designed and coded the site for the national Arts Administrators in Higher Education, which advances the use of the arts in higher education.
At the School of Public Health, I was an Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, to Dr. Allison E. Aiello, where I designed websites, clinical trial posters, and research presentation materials.
The School of Literature, Science, and the Arts employed me in their Development, Marketing & Communications division starting in August 2009. I provided technical support for the various schools and colleges in troubleshooting their websites and CMS systems and submitted bug fixes through SVN. I converted website designs from Photoshop files into compliant (x)HTML and CSS sites. I designed various donor and endownment brochures for the 30+ dividions of LS&sA for print production in Adobe InDesign.
Research Assistant and Grahpic Designer
Ann Arbor, Michigan
A favorite project of mine was assistant fo Prof. Janko in helping to assemble the visual plates section of the monograph published by the British School at Athens on the archaeological site of Ayios Stephanos. I created the layout and design of all 60 pages of the plates section, which involved the editing and proper scaling of nearly 350 photographs and figure drawings of the ancient finds at this site. I was allowed some leeway in creativity and based the layout of items similar to how a curator might lay out pieces for musuem visitors in a vitrine.
What a delight it was to archive and presever works of art, while being immersed in digital workflows. Oftentimes, I would be sitting next to thousand-year-old manuscripts and silver vessels as the photograph digitall photoraphers and invetoried each one. It was my task, then, to take these images and attach the correct metadata and inventory information into the digital collections of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and use Photoshop for image preperation. This was during the first time the museum was creating a complete digital collection. I would report to the Head of Photographic Services and Manager of the Rights and Reproductions Division to locate museum pieces for outside client requests.
The Anatolian Voice is the quarterly print publication of TACAM. As Editor-in-Chier, I expanded the role, quality, aritlces, and design of the publication. I worked with a number of volunetters sourcing photograph, original articles, and news to create a publication that served dual purposes: a place to archive community news and a place to learn more about Turkish culture both present and past. I worked to engage our communicty members to contribue pieces to the magazine.
New Media Manager
I managed the online, marketing, print, and media presence for TACAM. Wokred closely with TACAM board to prepare, design, and launch mermbserhip and donation drive campaigns. Brought together all media production into a consistent styel inlcuind email newsletters, website, print pieces, mailers, magazines, and branding guidelines. Working under a tight non-profit budget, I provided profressional and well-made pieces and maintained the social media presence of TACAM.