Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words
I would be the best applicant because I am a designer who is eager to surprise, delight, inspire, and set the standards of tomorrow. I can adapt to any environment with ease, and most importantly, I really want to be a part of this program.
Give us your bio in under 500 words
My name is Esra Gumrukculer. I’m an integrated designer from Turkey, currently based in NYC. I have a Communication Design degree from Parsons with a minor in Global Studies. I have experience in companies such as WPP Y&R Istanbul, Wix and the United Nations. I specialize in branding, illustration, and digital experiences.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
In 2019, I took a semester off to travel the world. From Ghana to Japan, I engaged in local communities and learned countless perspectives with first-hand experiences. I'm proud of these courageous experiences, and how they allowed me to enhance my personal global understanding to a great degree.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
Creativity is thinking boundlessly. Innovation, on the other hand, is born from stable systems that are introduced to change. This change is only possible thanks to the people who can unleash their thought and think boundlessly, the people who are creatives. The relation between creativity and innovation is almost like rain and a flower. As creativity rains, innovations will bloom, and lack of creativity will cause a drought of innovation.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
Just like individuals, and societies, companies also need clarity and creativity. Clarity is necessary to understand the present and creativity is necessary for creating the future. Both are crucial for improving and developing.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
I would spend the 30 minutes with my friends or family. Being with them feels more like a break to me than anything else. It gives me energy.
5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?
I am a feminist, and I am deeply aware of the constructed social groups. If I had to dedicate my life to a single problem, as a young female who grew up in the Middle East, I would choose to dedicate my life to create a better future for all females. A future that has equal rights and opportunities for women beyond the borders of culture and religion.
I highly doubt that I will ever focus on a single subject. However, I am a feminist, and throughout my life, I hope to make as much impact as I possibly can both through my actions and my creations.
6. Explain your creative process
I always start with research and mood boarding. Once my direction/directions are ready, I like to present them along with sketches in order to get critiques. After the critique, I adjust my direction and create a draft. Once again, I get a critique, and then, I finalize the design.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
My mother often quotes the famous words of Mevlânâ, 13th century Persian Poet, "Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.". To this day, these meaningful words have been a great advice that I respect with all my heart. Both because of how the quote highlights the value of communication and information and because I believe that calmness and kindness are essential attributes that go a long way.
8. What is your definition of creativity?
Creativity is the new and the exciting.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - O Children
The Moody Blues - Melancholy Man
The Rolling Stones - Angie
Derek & The Dominos - Bell Bottom Blues
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Air - Playground Love
Deep Purple - Soldier Of Fortune
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
10. How do you want people to remember you?
Fun, smart, and trustworthy.
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