Umit Kitapcigil, Designer in New York, NY, United States
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Umit Kitapcigil

Verified Expert  in Design


New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
March 4, 2019

Umit is a designer and a developer with more than a decade of hands-on, varied experience, including prototyping, identity creation, branding, and strategy. Umit has worked with many clients, including Nooka, Turkcell, Vodafone, Coca-Cola, Ansel Elgort, Venus Williams, and f*ckjerry.


Work Experience

Product Designer

2016 - 2019
Intellectual Sweatshop (New York, US)
  • Designed and developed iPhone applications for celebrities social influencers like f*ckjerry, Ansel Elgort, and Venus Williams.
  • Designed and developed eCommerce websites and marketing sites for fashion and beauty companies like Oribe, Cotton Citizen, and Musika Frère.
  • Conducted research and interviews.
  • Built prototypes for web and mobile applications.
  • Created animations, GIFs, and emoji/sticker content for small mobile utility applications.
  • Researched and designed an analytics tool for Instagram.
Technologies: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, React, Ruby, Swift, InVision, Sketch


2008 - 2014
Workaxe (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Co-founded the company and oversaw the design department.
  • Led a design team; became familiar with effective team structures.
  • Was hired by major brands such as IDO, Turkcell, Nooka, Bashla, and TEDx for design and development services.
  • Remained in close contact with the clients; often presenting while attending a number of meetings.
  • Designed and developed for small startups and tools for ourselves.
Technologies: Swift, Sketch
2005 - 2010

Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication Design

Istanbul Bilgi University - Istanbul, Turkey

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