After receiving my MFA from Purdue University in 2009, I began teaching at Sabancı University in Istanbul, where I continue to instruct. During the past ten years, I have developed several course syllabi for both introduction- and advanced-level typography courses. In addition to teaching at Sabancı University, I lead workshops at institutions and conferences both in Turkey and abroad.

After receiving my MFA from Purdue University in 2009, I began teaching at Sabancı University in Istanbul, where I continue to instruct. During the past ten years, I have developed several course syllabi for both introduction- and advanced-level typography courses. In addition to teaching at Sabancı University, I lead workshops at institutions and conferences both in Turkey and abroad.

After receiving my MFA from Purdue University in 2009, I began teaching at Sabancı University in Istanbul, where I continue to instruct. During the past ten years, I have developed several course syllabi for both introduction- and advanced-level typography courses. In addition to teaching at Sabancı University, I lead workshops at institutions and conferences both in Turkey and abroad.

Yahşidot Type Design
Yahşibey, Dikili, Turkey
Yahşidot Type Design
Yahşibey, Dikili, Turkey
Yahşidot Type Design
Yahşibey, Dikili, Turkey

Yahşibey is a small Aegean village with a population of about 200. Co-founded by Emre Senan and Ayşegül İzer, Yahşibey Design Workshops is a non-profit initiative. In the summer of 2018, I was invited to hold a two-week type design workshop. It was a memorable two weeks spent working, cooking, and living with a group of ten students from Turkey and France. Students were divided into groups of three and each team collectively produced one typeface. In order to encourage them to explore the possibilities of letter-making, I tasked them with sketching and writing with various tools to acquaint themselves with the anatomy of each letter. After determining the visual concept, they realized their typefaces and designed specimen sheets to display them.

Yahşibey is a small Aegean village with a population of about 200. Co-founded by Emre Senan and Ayşegül İzer, Yahşibey Design Workshops is a non-profit initiative. In the summer of 2018, I was invited to hold a two-week type design workshop. It was a memorable two weeks spent working, cooking, and living with a group of ten students from Turkey and France. Students were divided into groups of three and each team collectively produced one typeface. In order to encourage them to explore the possibilities of letter-making, I tasked them with sketching and writing with various tools to acquaint themselves with the anatomy of each letter. After determining the visual concept, they realized their typefaces and designed specimen sheets to display them.

Text Invader Workshop
The University of Applied Sciences
Mainz, Germany
Text Invader Workshop
The University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany
Text Invader Workshop
The University of Applied Sciences
Mainz, Germany

Text Invader is a system of typographic interventions that prompts a typesetting environment to automate the aesthetic and contextual precepts outlined by Deconstructivist typographers throughout the 20th century. I devised this method in 2011 by re-purposing the OpenType programming panel that exists in font editor programs. The default purpose of this panel is to create a set of typographic features that serve the font and hence the text. My curiosity in treating text as data prompted me to consider the alternative applications of OpenType programming and investigate its potential for data/pattern visualization.

I have given Text Invader workshops and lectures at universities in Turkey, Germany, Denmark, and the United States. The last workshop took place at the Hochschule Mainz in Germany, where Visual Communication students created a series of Text Invader typefaces; students then employed these typefaces in a series of multi-page layouts in search of semantic patterns in their chosen texts. ×

Text Invader is a system of typographic interventions that prompts a typesetting environment to automate the aesthetic and contextual precepts outlined by Deconstructivist typographers throughout the 20th century. I devised this method in 2011 by re-purposing the OpenType programming panel that exists in font editor programs. The default purpose of this panel is to create a set of typographic features that serve the font and hence the text. My curiosity in treating text as data prompted me to consider the alternative applications of OpenType programming and investigate its potential for data/pattern visualization.

I have given Text Invader workshops and lectures at universities in Turkey, Germany, Denmark, and the United States. The last workshop took place at the Hochschule Mainz in Germany, where Visual Communication students created a series of Text Invader typefaces; students then employed these typefaces in a series of multi-page layouts in search of semantic patterns in their chosen texts. ×

Sabancı University
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Tuzla, 34956 Istanbul

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