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  • omer haciomeroglu

    Product Designer, Art Director

    Istanbul, Turkey

Ever since I have been infected by the fascination of art, I have been sketching and sculpting the things my imagination spewed forth. After majoring in Art Direction for one year, I decided to study industrial design simply because I found it to be the perfect way of learning the art of problem solving. I moved to the U.S, where I received the first two years of my design education at the California State University in Long Beach, CA. I then transferred to Istanbul Technical University in 2003-2007, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design. After working in the industry for a couple of years, I moved to Umeå, a small Northern Swedish city right below the polar circle. The city was full of very nice and talented people and a very impressive academic environment in terms of both design and other academic branches. I have recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Advanced Product Design from Umeå Institute of Design. In Umeå, I had the privilege to work with a very talented and multinational band of transport, interaction and product designers and academic staff. I strongly believe in Science, follow Technology and study Culture and History. I strive to develop my understanding of why we live and interact with each other the way we do and I like to challenge myself by questioning it. I love listening and learning from others and. I like combining different ways of thinking and application with different kinds of media. Looking at the unlikeliest of places have has always let me create unique and cultivated backgrounds for my projects, strategize and plan further steps confidently. As a developing designer I always look forward to being a part of design teams that develop projects, concepts and products that will grant us, the humankind, valuable and entertaining vision of a better and sustainable future.

Work Samples

  • C-Thru; smoke Diving Helmet

  • ERO; Concrete Recycling Robot

  • clean Life; '' an emotional aid to smoking''

Work History

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    • Freelance Product Designer
    • 2009 - Present (8 years)
  • Art Director (personal-freelance)

    • ILGANA Project
    • Apr 2005 - Present (12 years 8 months)

    We, as the ILGANA Team, have been developing this fantasy setting project for the last six years with the help of numerous amateur and professional artists and academicians. I am in charge of functionality and visual development. I design environments, characters, items, creatures and all other concepts related to the setting. We usually work as a team though. Over the passed six years we have developed ways to observe each other’s profession in order to communicate well enough to design together. This allows us to understand each other and focus on the project rather than technicalities.

  • (MA) Advanced Product Design

    • Umeå Institute of Design
    • Aug 2009 - Jun 2012 (2 years 10 months)
  • Product Design Intern

    • Astro Studios
    • Mar 2011 - Jun 2011 (3 months)
  • Interior Interface Design intern

    • Volkswagen Group
    • Oct 2010 - Dec 2010 (2 months)
  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Atlas Copco Rocktec Division
    • Jun 2010 - Oct 2010 (4 months)
  • Industrial Design Trainee

    • Design-Um
    • Jan 2009 - Apr 2009 (3 months)
  • Construction Field Coordinatior Assistant

    • A/Y Architecture & Design
    • Aug 2007 - Dec 2008 (1 year 4 months)

    I worked as a construction field Engineer in two projects. One was the Topkapi Industrial Site Agency of IS Bank, Istanbul, Turkey renovation project and the second one was the Presidential Opera Building and the Concert Hall renovation project in Ankara, Turkey. In both of the projects my primary task was to assist the field coordinator in site management, quality of the architectural production and safety control.

  • Industrial Designer

    • ZENGER Design.
    • Jul 2007 - Sep 2007 (2 months)

    Design Assistant


  • Umeå Institute of Design

    • MA Advanced Product Design
    • 2009 - 2012
  • Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi

    • BS Industrial Product Design
    • 2003 - 2007

    I have transferred to I.T.U after my first two years in CSULB. and I have graduated with a BS in Industrial Product Design.

  • California State University-Long Beach

    • BA Industrial Design
    • 2001 - 2003

    I've had my first two years of Industrial Design Education at CSU, Long Beach.

  • Yildiz Teknik Üniversitesi

    • BA Art Direction
    • 2000 - 2001

    I have attended Art Direction major at Yildiz Technical University for a year. Although it was only for two terms It gave me a background in modern arts practical foundation and an introduction to Art Direction.



Industrial Designers Society of America, IDEA '12 GOLD