Hello, I’m Erman Yılmaz,
an independent graphic designer and graffiti artist based in Istanbul.
I focus graphic design and type design, my clients range from art galleries, independent artists, publishers, schools, social and cultural institutions.

Erman Yılmaz is a İstanbul based Turkish graphic designer who was born in 1985, Mersin. The designer has started to work as a freelance since 2010 and since June of 2016 has started to make designs for the Alan İstanbul Contemporary Art Gallery.

The designer was interested in letterforms since childhood and met with graffiti art in 1998. In addition to his interest, in the middle of his 20s, he received calligraphy lessons from famous calligraphy artist Etem Çalışkan and directed his vision in lettering studies. To advance his education, he started to study graphic design at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in 2011, after studying engineering at Mustafa Kemal University between 2004-2009 and leaving the business education he got at Anadolu University between 2009-2011 and began to show interest in visual communication, typography and typeface design after his education.

The designer is still working in İstanbul and mostly produces works for the cultural/social sector.

WORKSHOP/SPEAKING/PERFORMANCE

Behance Portfolio Reviews 
M.O.N Light Art Gallery & Design Studio
İzmir, Turkey, 2017

Design Talks
Koç University
Media and Visual Arts Department
Istanbul, Turkey, 2017

Sistem Hatası / System Error
with Sarp Sozdinler, Dokuz Eylul University
Izmir, Turkey, 2016

Sistem Hatası / System Error | A Manifold event
with Sarp Sozdinler 
Studio-x Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey, 2017

Sözün imgesi, imgenin sözü
Anadolu Calligraphy & Typography Event
Anadolu University
Eskişehir, Turkey, 2016

Solo Graffiti Performance
Anadolu Calligraphy & Typography Event
Anadolu University
Eskişehir, Turkey, 2016

Sistem Hatası / System Error
with Sarp Sozdinler
, Ege University
Izmir, Turkey, 2016

Sistem Hatası / System Error
with Sarp Sozdinler
, Ataturk University
Erzurum, Turkey, 2016

Sistem Hatası / System Error
with Sarp Sozdinler
, Yasar University
Izmir, Turkey, 2016

Kent Duvarlarının Yarım Yüzyılı: Burhan Doğançay Retrospektifi
Solo Graffiti Performance, Istanbul Modern
Istanbul, Turkey, 2012

Meeting Of Allstars Graffiti Festival
Performance with Stilbaz Crew
,
Gezi Parkı, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012,2013,2014

EXHIBITION/MUSEUM

13. JAZZ W RUINACH
POSTER EXHIBITION / WYSTAWA PLAKATU

Gliwice, Poland 2017

BICeBé | Biennial of Poster Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia, 2017

35th Graphic Design Exhibition
Organized by Turkish Graphic Designer Association (GMK)
Antalya, Turkey, 2017

Poster Quadrennial Bardejov

Slovakia, 2017

35th Graphic Design Exhibition
Organized by Turkish Graphic Designer Association (GMK)
Istanbul, Turkey, 2016

Weltformat 16 with Blank Poster
Luzern, Switzerland, 2016

8th Yunus Emre Exhibition
Anadolu Calligraphy & Typography Event
Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey, 2016

Crossing Frontiers / Grafist20

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Istanbul, Turkey, 2016

Ege University Poster Exhibiton

with Sarp Sözdinler
İzmir, Turkey, 2016

The Seattle-Istanbul Poster Show
Marmara University Gallery, Sultanahmet Square
İstanbul, Turkey, 2016

Ataturk University Fine Arts Faculty Museum
Erzurum, Turkey, 2016

Blank Poster x Kon Exhibition
Einstein-Kultur, Munich, Germany, 2015

Urban Aesthetic Poster Exhibition
Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey, 2016

34th Graphic Design Exhibition
Organized by Turkish Graphic Designer Association (GMK)
Istanbul, Turkey, 2015

FEATURING/QUOTES

Etapes:
“A beautiful posters series by Erman Yılmaz that explores typography. It’s always fascinating to see how it’s possible to be creative with letters.”

ual:
“Erman Yilmaz is a graphic designer and graffiti artist based in Istanbul, whose work focuses mainly on the arts, social and cultural sector. He uses shape and pattern to embed words into his work.”

Columbia University
Visualizing Information from the Ottoman Era to the Republic.

Gallery no:39
Full scale poster for “Mural İstanbul” in 39 issue of the Chois gallery.

GMK

Afişlerden Kartpostallar

Typographicposters
“Erman yilmaz (1985,turkey) is a graphic designer and graffiti artist based in i̇stanbul, whose work focuses mainly on the arts, social and cultural sector.”

Grainedit
“Erman Yilmaz’s passion for street art highly influences his digital work. Like graffiti, his typographic arrangements intertwine with illustrations in an elaborate and colorful fashion. As the elements converge, he inserts hidden details that add extra significance to the message of each poster.” 

aigaeyeondesign
“A spider’s web of type in Istanbul designer Erman Yılmaz’s Köken İçerisinde Notlar poster for FOL.”

mestudio
“I stumbled across these really nice type-based posters from turkish graphic designer Erman Yilmaz.”

COMPETITION AWARDS

2016 Graphic Design Competition
Organized by Turkish Graphic Designer Association (GMK)

* Best Poster Design (Cultural/Social)

– “Mural İstanbul” (Poster)
* Best Typography
– “Köken İçerisinde Notlar” (Poster)

* Sait Maden Typography Special Award

– “Köken İçerisinde Notlar” (Poster)

* İhap Hulusi Poster Design Special Award

– “Mural İstanbul” (Poster)
* Bikem Özsunay Poster Design Special Award

– “Köken İçerisinde Notlar” (Poster)
* Poster Design Success Award(Cultural/Social)

– “Köken İçerisinde Notlar” (Poster)
* Typography Success Award

– “The Death of Cities/Kentlerin Ölümü” (Poster)

2016 Urban Aesthetic Competition
Organized by Ondokuz Mayıs University
* Best 100 Poster 
– “The Death of Cities”

27th Festival of Culture and Tourism “Bird’s Paradise” in Bandirma Poster Compitetion
* First prize winner poster

2015 Graphic Design Competition
Organized by Turkish Graphic Designer Association (GMK)

* Poster Design Success Award(Cultural/Social)
– “Mural Istanbul”(Poster)