Hi, I'm hulya aktun!

After 15-20 years of quasi-nomadic existence (NYC, Seattle, and Istanbul) and slow traveling some places in between, practicing the art of stillness in Istanbul, living with a black cat named Yin. Obsessing with music and the outdoors. Curious about communication at "borders", our artistic and neurotic exchanges with death, and the disruption of humanist, “user”-centered perspectives. Exploring art, philosophy, design, and media's role in developing critical consciousness, questions, and concepts about what "value" could be, beyond the anthropocentric-economic values that shape the way we relate to the Other.Recently completed a PhD in Philosophy, Arts, and Critical Thought (formerly Media and Communications), following various studies on humans and technology, media, arts, and design. Living in Istanbul and working remotely mostly for USA, as a Creative and Design Consultant mostly in media and tech sectors, and as a (Copy)writer/editor.

2017
Business Intelligence Tool MVP
First iteration of a BI tool that empowers managers and team leads to have strategy and prioritization conversations with business partners and internal team members by presenting prospective views of business and technical data...
2016
Mobile Fashion App MVP
A minimum viable product for a smart trustworthy advisor that learns from you, your friends and a community of friendly strangers on matters of fashion
2016
FRONT OFFICE @ VERTAFORE
MVP for a sales automation software for independent insurance agencies; a customization project based on modification of existing workflows in MS Dynamics CRM.
2016
MOTECH @ GRAMEEN FOUNDATION
A platform that uses cell phones to deliver to and receive information from patients and caregivers. CMS for this platform provides users with the ability to create and manage such health campaigns using the modules provided in the open source platform.
2016
turkcell platinum @ fjord
A mobile VIP lifestyle and services application for Turkcell (major mobile communications company in Turkey) that creates another marketing platform, awareness and loyalty for brand and provides services specific to existing Platinum members.
2016
FINANCIAL TIMES STOCK EXCHANGE @ WSOD (Markit)
A financial data delivery product that included a visual navigation system and 3 products targeting different user profiles for an index firm that calculates over 120,000 end of day and real-time indices covering more than 80 countries.
2016
SCHOOL BY DESIGN @ WIRELESS GENERATION (now Amplify)
Concept for an educational technology tool for teachers and administrators, which simulates how strategic decisions impact instructional priorities & resource allocation
2016
TRUST COMPANY OF AMERICA @ WALL ST. ON DEMAND (Markit)
Design overhaul of company's client relationship management tool for investment advisors.
2016
REALTIME NEWS MODULE @ WALL STREET JOURNAL
A module for delivering finance news for users who look at a bunch of different screens at any given time.
2016
DUN & BRADSTREET @ WSOD (Markit)
Ad campaign, website design and data visualizations for the delivery of a data product envisioned by the client’s innovation lab team.
2016
TDCANADA @ WSOD (Markit)
Redesign of some of the website modules and information displays for brokerage and investment services within existing branding and style guides.
2016
JPMORGAN @ WSOD (Markit)
Visual redesign and workflow improvement of a content management system, administration tool for JP Morgan
2016
myTime @ Contour
MVP for a media and publishing platform and community for healthy living.
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