A spotlight on Cihan with 8 questions and our favourite pieces.
Cihan is a Graphic Designer based in Bochum, Germany. He specialises in visual identities, typography and printed matter.
I am always active and work on a lot of self initial work next to university and freelancing jobs. I love to experiment with letters and customising fonts. It feels always more personal and human. With instagram, which is my personal gym for graphic design, I have a little following and a great network of designers in different fields to work with as well.
After being name-checked as one of Stefan Sagmeister’s top four young designers on curatedbyfb and having an article on AIGA Eye on Design „Type Tuesday“, I want to work and collaborate with Brands and Agencies/Studios, where I can create unique Designs on my way. I want to work international and remote. I am looking for projects I can learn from and grow. My dream is to teach one day and having my own studio running.
Do you remember the moment you knew you wanted to become a designer?
Did you go to design school? Do you think it was necessary to get to where you are today?
yes, I was at a design school with an education next to it. So I had school and design studio life together. Now I am studying communication design. After that I am planning to study Editorial Design MA.
For me, it was absolutely necessary. If I wouldn’t go to design school I wouldn’t know the design basics and rules and my work wouldn’t be like it is now.
You have to know the rules to break them. I love to break the rules for a reason and get a concept out of it.