About

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SUMMARY

After a childhood spent with drawing sci-fi and fantasy illustrations, somehow, I found myself studying dentistry. When it finally hit me, I quit to study graphic design instead. In the past 10 years, I had the chance to win 10 Grand Prix in International Award Shows (including 2 from Cannes Lions). I was listed as #3 Art Director in the Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report and I was a Creative of the Year finalist in Ad Age’s A-List & Creativity Awards.

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detailed story

My interest in communication and arts started in high school when I accidentally created a website which later became the main source of fantasy literature and role playing games in Turkey. Somehow when it came to college education I decided to choose another profession and I was on my way to be a bad dentist who was good at drawing. Luckily after a couple of years (and some cavity fillings) I decided to quit and study graphic design instead.

From that moment on a set of very fortunate things happened: I worked in DDB&Co Istanbul, which was awarded as the 3rd Agency of the Year in Cannes while I was a part of the team and in TBWA\Istanbul, which promoted me to Creative Group Head position to lead a team of 12 creatives. I had the chance to win Turkey's only Film Lion and multiple Grand Prixes in award shows while I was working in these agencies. 

I am currently working as a Sr. Art Director at J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam and won 18 Cannes Lions including 2 Grand Prix in the past two years, which made me #3 Art Director in the Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report 2016 and #10 Art Director in the Directory Big Won ranking. I am happy to play a role in J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam becoming Innovation Agency of the Year in Cannes Lions.

I live with my lovely wife (who is also a designer & art director) and our baby. I am interested in political communication, how the universe works, nice food stops in the city and communication strategies with a 18 months old.


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EXPERIENCE


J.Walter Thompson Amsterdam

Sr. Art Director - 2014 Oct - Present


TBWA\Istanbul

Creative Group Head - 2013 Sep - 2014 Oct
Sr. Art Director - 2010 Aug - 2013 Sep


DDB&Co.

Art Director - 2007 Aug - 2010 July
Intern - 2007 Feb - 2007 Aug

 

Awards

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#3 Art Director

Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report 2016


#10 Art Director

The Directory Big Won Ranking 2016


Creative of the Year Finalist

Ad Age's A-List & Creativity Awards
 

Cannes Lions

2 Grand Prix
7 Gold Lions
8 Silver Lions
9 Bronze Lions
26 Shortlists
Innovation Agency of the Year 2016 - JWT Amsterdam

D&AD

1 Black Pencil
1 Yellow Pencil
2 Graphite Pencils
6 Wood Pencils

ONE SHOW

2 Gold Pencils
4 Silver Pencils
3 Bronze Pencils
4 Merits
1 Shortlist

Gunn Report

2nd Most-Awarded Digital Campaign 2016
6th Most-Awarded Campaign Across All Media 2016

Big Won Ranking

Most-Awarded Digital Campaign of 2016
8th Most-Awarded Campaign of 2016 Across All Categories

EUROBEST

1 Grand Prix
5 Golds
3 Silvers
1 Bronze
4 Shortlists

LIA

1 Grand LIA
5 Golds
2 Silvers
1 Bronze

EPICA

2 Grand Prix
4 Golds
3 Silvers
2 Bronzes

CLIO

1 Gold
4 Bronzes
2 Shortlists

ANDY AWARDS

1 Gold
1 Bronze

Spikes Asia

2 Silvers
1 Bronze

WPPED CREAM

2 Grand Prix
2 Winners

NEW YORK FESTIVALS

1 Silver
1 Bronze
1 Finalist

GOLDEN DRUM

1 Grand Prix
4 Silvers
9 Shortlists

LUERZER'S ARCHIVE

12 Campaigns (One was featured on the Cover)

FWA

2 Site of the Days

AWWWARDS

Site of the Day

ADCN

1 Grand Prix
4 Golds
1 Silver
2 Bronzes
7 Nominations

SPIN Awards

1 Silver

Kristal Elma

19 Kristal Elma
28 Silver
16 Bronze

Kirmizi Odulleri

1 Kipkirmizi (Grand Prix)
6 Kirmizi
12 Merit

Mixx Awards

1 Grand Prix
1 Gold
1 Silver

Felis

3 Felis Awards

Mediacat

3 MediaCat Awards