Okan Yikmis, Designer in Istanbul, Turkey
Okan Yikmis

Designer in Istanbul, Turkey

Member since January 16, 2021
Okan is a senior product designer with over a decade of experience in both agency and corporate settings. His expertise includes web, responsive design, application technologies, design principles, and prototyping. Okan's designs for a television and radio company saw 5,000,000 downloads within a year and reached 250,000 users in a highly competitive space. He has expert-level knowledge of the fintech, telecommunication, retail, entertainment, technology, education, and airline industries.
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Portfolio

Digital Design

Employment

  • Senior Product Designer and Design Lead

    2019 - PRESENT
    Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) — TRT Dinle
    • Led design/whiteboard sessions. Created visual designs and specifications, sketches, wireframes, and interactive prototypes. Ensured every piece of work met Pulselive standards for visual and usability quality.
    • Defined product direction and focus, worked collaboratively with product managers and leadership to make hard decisions about what to prioritize.
    • Oversaw all design aspects and led the digital brand identity and its related content typography, colors, guideline rules, and service design materials.
    • Collaborated with agile, multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate the feasibility of proposed features and created phased approaches to development.
    • Designed user-friendly screens for mobile, web, TVs, and car screens while employing the user researchers to ensure the UX quality of every design decision was vetted by user feedback.
    • Saw 5,000,000 downloads within a year and reached 250,000 users during the beta launch phase within a few months in an extremely competitive space with global rivals.
    • Collaborated with internal, external, and C-level stakeholders to stay focused on the product design updates, define the strategic objectives for upcoming design decisions, and ensure the product roadmap and updates were communicated regularly.
    • Led the product digital marketing strategy and design to become successful on digital platforms. Collaborated with other teams to ensure we were using solutions and consistent patterns that sparked engagement.
    • Created production-ready design assets and worked with engineers to ensure a high quality experience was shipped.
    Technologies: Figma, Sketch, Principle, InVision, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Wireframing, Prototyping, User Research, Customer Experience, UI Branding, Visual Assets, Building Services Design, Service Design, Mobile App Design, Web Design, Responsive Design, Typography, FontLab, Adobe After Effects, Web App UX, Web App UI, High-fidelity Prototypes, Web App Design, Website Redesigns, Mobile-first Design, UX Design, UI Design, iOS, Mobile App UI, Mobile UI Design, Audio Streaming, Music Streaming, Mobile UX, Mobile UI, Gamification, White Labeling, Ideation Workshops, Leadership, Brand Guidelines, High-fidelity Mockups
  • Senior Product Designer

    2018 - 2019
    TRT (Multiple Projects) TRT Belgesel—TRT İzle—TRT Çocuk
    • Led the design for the Kids Entertainment Platform redesign, video streaming service redesign, and a brand new documentary channel platform for TRT (Turkish radio and television).
    • Supported the design concepts, functional specifications, and interactive design guidelines on your projects by creating motion, grid, and UI guides, as needed.
    • Communicated design ideas and concepts to internal stakeholders as well as client teams.
    • Created and presented UX ideas, wireframes, and user flows, using human-centric design practices that include rationale based on customer research and best practices.
    • Participated in design research, user research, and usability testing.
    • Liaised with other product owners, leads, and managers to make sure consistency across products and platforms.
    • Collaborated with clients on digital and branding projects.
    Technologies: Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Figma, Cinema 4D, Cover Design, UX, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), User Interviews, Material Design, App UI, App UX, Design Principles, Prototyping, Motion Design, Web App UX, Web App UI, High-fidelity Prototypes, Web App Design, Website Redesigns, Mobile-first Design, UX Design, UI Design, iOS, Mobile App UI, Mobile UI Design, Mobile UX, Mobile UI, Gamification, White Labeling, Ideation Workshops, Leadership, Brand Guidelines, High-fidelity Mockups

Education

  • Master's Degree (90% Scholarship) in User Experience Design
    2013 - 2015
    Istanbul Bilgi University - Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bachelor's Degree, (100% Scholarship) in Visual Communication Design
    2009 - 2013
    Istanbul Bilgi University - Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bachelor's Degree in International Business
    2006 - 2009
    Vienna Economy University - Vienna, Austria

Certifications

  • Custom Typography and Font Design
    JUNE 2015 - PRESENT
    ISType
  • Interaction Design
    MAY 2015 - PRESENT
    Istanbul Bilgi University

Experience

Location

Istanbul, Turkey

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