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Musings on the whys and hows of Design Disciplin itself.

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How To Find Your Way as a Designer: Introducing Design Navigator

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How To Find Your Way as a Designer: Introducing Design Navigator

I have been designing for 20 years, and studying the design profession for 10 years. Many times, over the years, I felt blocked and unable to progress. As a result, I reformed my career more than once: I moved from freelancing to academia, and recently, to entrepreneurship and the creator economy. Transitions like this are challenging. Few people make them – most of us stick to one career path. Most education and advice we receive is specific to one path. Most

Feb 3, 2023

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

Platform Update: January 2023

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Platform Update: January 2023

We're back to our regular posting schedule, after a brief intermission to take in the new year. Even though we haven't released any new articles, videos, or podcast episodes, we have been busy during the last few weeks. We just launched our new collection of Offerings: a set of products and services by designers, for designers, to upgrade your creative work and navigate your future with ease. We previously offered an Advisory Service where we helped students, creatives, and innovators

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Jan 27, 2023

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

Platform Update

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Platform Update

My first vision for Design Disciplin was a content play: a blog, podcast, and YouTube channel. It was meant to be a resource – to read, watch, and listen to. Today we reach 1,500 subscribers on YouTube, and 1,200 monthly website visitors. Though this volume is minuscule by internet standards, having come this far in a year is validating and encouraging. The time has come to think about the next level, and build the steps to take us there.

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Nov 5, 2022

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

Meetup: Research through Design

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Meetup: Research through Design

Design Disciplin proudly presents: our first IRL event in collaboration with Got UX (IxDA Gothenburg Chapter), hosted by Recorded Future. Got UX meetups are a pillar of the design community in Sweden. In this edition, we'll be talking about "Research through Design" – a way of materializing knowledge based on design work. With Research through Design, designers can take part in scientific research and advanced education through creative work. This is the breeding ground for ideas and methods i

Nov 22, 2021

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

Building Institutions for Design Innovation

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Building Institutions for Design Innovation

Design Disciplin proudly presents: We proposed the Building Institutions for Design Innovation panel at SXSW 2022 to discuss experiences in creating and growing institutions – laboratories, companies, policy initiatives, research programs, and more – at the leading edge in design, innovation, technology and creativity. Vote for us: panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/116989 Panelists Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, Timmy Ghiurãu, Dan Hill, and Esranur Kaygın will compare experiences spanning university labs, start

Aug 10, 2021

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

The Bookstore

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The Bookstore

Editor's Note: Since we published this meta-announcement, we have been iterating on our offerings. The Bookstore may or may not be available at the time of your reading. After a long period of planning, preparation, and design, I am proud to launch the Design Discipline Bookstore. Contents The Bookstore presents a collection of hand-picked must-haves for the library of any designer or design enthusiast. Every single title that appears in the Bookstore is either chosen by myself after a cove

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Mar 30, 2021

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

Episode Zero

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Episode Zero

Episode Zero of the Design Disciplin podcast and YouTube channel is now online. This is a "prototype" episode I made to explain a bit about what you'll find at Design Discipline, and to iterate on technicalities. Frames Design Discipline is a new publication that represents and promotes variety of perspectives on "design" in an inclusive fashion, and makes connections between them. These perspectives, which I also like to call "frames" around design, include viewpoints like business, crafts

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Feb 15, 2021

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

The Divide

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The Divide

Editor's Note: I wrote this "meta" essay to outline one of the reasons why I started Design Disciplin. There are other reasons, which should come to light over time. I’ve been immersed in the academic world for some years now, but in truth I’m fascinated by business. In college, I majored in economics alongside engineering. Almost half of my library is business books. My research and teaching happens at intersection of design and computer science, which is as

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Feb 1, 2021

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

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Human After All at ATÖLYE with Guest Speaker Timmy Ghiurau

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Human After All at ATÖLYE with Guest Speaker Timmy Ghiurau

Human After All is a new event series hosted by ATÖLYE and Design Disciplin. The series explores the present state of the art as well as visions for the future around human-computer interaction, interaction design, and experience design with digital materials. Human After All brings an international cohort of experts and pioneers into ATÖLYE's IRL space in Istanbul, creating opportunities to engage and participate in meaningful dialogues. The first convening of Human After All  focuses on the

Jan 3, 2023

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

Editor's Choice: Profound Books I Read in 2022

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Editor's Choice: Profound Books I Read in 2022

I believe I'm extremely fortunate, because every morning I spend at least half an hour reading books. Every morning, one chapter, and I start the day feeling blessed – because I have the time and space to do this, and because I can afford to own books. As you might imagine, I end up reading a lot of books this way. I don't keep track of it very well, but this year I must have finished at least 20, and abandoned

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Dec 30, 2022

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş