Interview with Gökhun Güneyhan
First off, we’d like to know more about you. Can you tell us more about yourself?
Aaa hi! And thanks for this! Well, I was born in Istanbul, in 1988 and I’ve been living here for all my life except for 6 months in Krakow, Poland. Those six months changed all of my ideas about travelling… I used to hate it but now I hardly stop myself to get my camera and go somewhere far when I have some days off to capture great scenes and moments… Like many other people in the creative world; I had my studies on something irrelative; Political Science and International Relations. But my passion for design didn’t leave me and I decided to try my chance by getting a job in a digital agency. After almost 1.5 years working for Ogilvy Istanbul and 3 years in total as an interactive designer, I’ve decided to go freelance. For the last 2 weeks I’m enjoying that… Apart from the agency life; I founded BeTurkey, local organization of Behance Network. Since February 2011, I’m organizing offline meet-ups and online curations with creative works of Turkish members on Behance. Finally apart from the creative life; I believe beer & football* is the best couple in the world. *Not the American one!
When did your love affair with design and photography begin?
Your designs have a certain feel of nostalgia. Does your environment or personal life have an influence in your designs?
Not at all. I always prefer a modern and minimalist look for almost everything; from interior design to a pair of shoes… But somehow I like that nostalgic feel on photography and design.
Do you consider anyone as your mentor? What other designer/photographer inspires you?
Mark Weaver , Mark Brooks and Ryan Atkinson gave me a new way to see the types. Marcin Stawiarz also made me love black & white but I didn’t stay there too much long . On the other hand, I’m inspired by everyone on Behance, Dribbble and on all other platforms.
What inspires you to create or capture an image?
I test my patience during taking photos and I love it. Doesn’t matter if it is an animal running around or just the sunset, sometimes I wait for minutes or hours in the same place to get the best capture. For design, I think it’s just about feeding my personal taste of design. That’s why I make personal projects such as Cogito Ergo Sum or Cities & Typography , otherwise I would hate my job because of the clients.
What tools/apps do you usually use in creating your projects?
Photoshop and Illustrator are set to open as my computer is on and I’m still experimenting on Lightroom. To take photos, I have a Sony a200 with 18-70 kit lens and 70-300 Sigma. PS: I hate Flash. I hate it so much!
“Cities and Typography” is an amazing series. What’s the story behind this project?
A friend from Poland asked for a postcard from Amsterdam (really interesting how Polish people like postcards); and I promised her to make a set from the photos I’ve taken. This was in November 2010!!! I was thinking about a personal project for a long time, so I found this idea to challenge myself and apologize to my friend at the same time. Looks like it worked on my side but… (Hey Gosia, if you are reading this, promise I’ll send them next week!)
What keeps you busy now? Do you have any new upcoming projects?
I have a board in my room to take note when I’ve something interesting in my mind. Games, apps, offline projects…There’s no whitespace left on it, so I’m actually busy with deciding where to start!
What advice can you give to other budding artists?
Travel! Travel around the world, travel around blogs, travel inside magazines. Meet new people and observe them! (Nothing is wrong with that, do it) Watch how they act, listen to the way they tell stories. What we do as designers is all for the other people; so understand their behaviors and interests.