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Elif Gurbuz

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Website & Digital Designer - Art Director


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About me

Elif Gurbuz is a graphic designer and creative director. Elif has gained expertise in both print and digital media and worked for top agencies in London, including Jonathan Barnbrook, doing projects for clients including Financial Times, ArtBasel, Fortnum & Mason, Thames & Hudson and Saatchi Gallery. With an eye for detail, a thorough craftsmanship and an enthusiastic presence, Elif works hands-on in agile environments and multi-disciplinary teams, thinking conceptually and exploring possibilities of progressive technologies.

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  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Digital Design
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Coding
  • UI Design
  • Responsive Web
  • Project Management
  • Agile
  • Lean UX

Work history


Digital Designer

Red Badger

Aug 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Red Badger is a software consultancy that crafts responsive web experiences using agile methodologies. Awarded with 44th place in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 in 2016, Red Badger has worked for clients including BBC, Fortnum & Mason, Financial Times and Camden Market. My role here is designing websites for clients like Fortnum & Mason and Financial Times. Being a part of a multi-disciplinary delivery team, my role here is designing websites, using in-depth knowledge in Responsive Web Design, UX, Lean and Agile. Websites I was involved in designing –, for the Financial Times –, for Fortnum & Mason –, for Red Badger Consultancy –, for the React London conference –, for the React London community events


Founder and Creative Director

Muk Design

Jan 2012
  • Turkey
  • Full Time
  • Muk Design is a London-based print studio, that creates stationary for clients including IBM and Pera Museum. Their products are sold across the country in top design stores. Known for their playful aesthetic, quirky slogans, Muk shares their love for this craft through bookbinding workshops. I have founded  Muk Design in 2012 and have been running the company with my business partner, while I act as the creative director. With Muk, we have created stationary lines for clients from culture and tech industries, such as IBM, Tent London, Central Saint Martins and Pera Museum. Supporting the creative network in Istanbul, we have collaborated with Istanbul-based architects SUPERPOOL and fashion photographer Dilek Altan. We also run bookbinding workshops, where I teach some of the most complex bookbinding techniques like coptic-stitching and Japanese binding.


Graphic Designer

Barnbrook Ltd

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Barnbrook is one of the most well-known creative studios in Britian, widely recognised for their work for David Bowie and the retrospective at the Design Museum in 2007. I worked for Barnbrook as a graphic designer, collaborating on the studio's ongoing projects including – This Way Madness Lies: The Asylum and Beyond, a book design for Thames & Hudson, to accompany the exhibition Bedlam: the asylum and beyond by Wellcome Collection – UK/raine, an exhibition catalogue design to accompany the exhibition UK/raine by Saatchi Gallery – ArtBasel, branding and print design for ArtBasel – VirusFonts, type specimen designs for VirusFonts' Regime, Bourgeois, DejaVu, Olympukes, VujaDe


Curatorial Assistant


Apr 2011 - Dec 2011
  • Turkey
  • Full Time
  • SALT, a not-profit cultural institution, is one of the biggest and most impactful cultural institutions in Turkey and Europe. Member of L’Internationale, SALT conducts interdisciplinary research projects, and hosts public programs such as exhibitions, talks, screenings and workshops. I held an role within the curatorial team, taking part in programs, like – Becoming Istanbul, an interactive and growing database that explores contemporary Istanbul that involves an exhibition, publications, events and a website – The Making of Beyoglu, a series of workshops, in collaboration with Rotterdam-based Bureau Venhuizen, examining specific case studies in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district – 90, a program of 90 events, including talks, performances, lectures, screenings, workshops, to answer questions around contemporary Istanbul My other duties involved research, curation, event organisation, exhibition guiding, web/social media editing and photography/videography of SALT events.



MA Communication Design

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
  • MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins provides a laboratory where creative experimentation and practice meets real-world experience and demands. By facilitating a critical and widely experimental approach to visual form and media production, we encourage our students to become versatile designers, astute commentators and agents of change. We welcome creative individuals who see and think critically and are therefore compelled to make and act inventively and purposefully.


BArch Architecture

Middle East Technical University

Sep 2006 - Feb 2011
  • Ankara, Turkey
  • The aim of this first-degree professional program is to educate and train architects who are capable of practicing within their field in both the national and the world-wide context. The objectives are those stated in the UIA/UNESCO Charter for Architectural Education and by the Commission of the European Communities; namely, knowledge and understanding of architecture as a multi-dimensional phenomenon are attempted through courses in the following study areas: - Fundamentals of design and visual communication - Architectural design and theory, - Building science and technology - History of architecture - Landscape design and planning - Urban studies and planning - Professional practice Architectural design studio courses, considered as the core of the Program, are aspired to be the melting pot of studies in the variety of courses.