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Esen Karol

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Esen Karol is a graphic designer based in Istanbul, who works on both digital and analogue projects in her one-person studio. Her clients and collaborators have included Arter, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Mavi, Meşher, and SALT. From 2003–2012, she taught typography and publication design at Istanbul Bilgi University.

She is a graduate of Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul and received her master’s degree in communications design from Pratt Institute, New York, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. Her works are in the collection of Art Institute Chicago and her posters are in the collection of Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich. Two of the books, that she has designed for Arter, were voted as one of the 50 best-designed books of the year in “50 Books | 50 Covers” competitions, organized by Design Observer and AIGA.

Her current focus is on projects relating to the online cultural criticism journal, Manifold, which she co-founded in 2016.


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