about project

The theme of the advanced design project in ITU Department of Industrial Product Design master program was ‘Istanbul’. Designer Aziz Sariyer ran the project with the department academicians. Twenty-two students designed products that represent their Istanbul conceptually.

the process

The students aimed to avoid the usual images and concepts about Istanbul and to describe the Istanbul they live in sincerely. To achieve that in the first experimental stage of the project they explored Istanbul again by just listening to their senses. This stage also included film screenings and talks by academicians from other disciplines. At the end of the first stage the students produced experimental projects as groups and each of them came up with their own concept on Istanbul. And at the second stage of the project they represented their concepts with products. The projects which were designed in five months were presented to proffessional designers like Tanju Özelgin and Inci Mutlu. The designs are going to be produced in summer and exhibited in international fairs.

Aziz Sariyer describes the process

"The project was very efficient. It was a great experience for me as well. To be honest it was hard to represent the concepts on Istanbul while we tell our memories on it, with industrial products. The work done was entrepreneurial and exciting. To bring the products to international standards, we are going to work the whole summer. Besides, this project will illuminate the following projects.