Ipek Pelit

STW21-IPEK-PELIT

KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE (KCAI)

Ipek Pelit, a senior at Kansas City Art Institute, is passionate about using design as a tool to create a better world and understand people’s needs. She’s interested in speculative design as well as sustainability and accessibility. Ipek co-designed and co-organized HUMAN-CON 2020, the first student-organized, human-centered design conference, with AIGA KC and received the Ellen Lupton Award for positive citizenship and leadership in the graphic design community. After graduation, she hopes to become a UX designer and work for non-profits.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

I was born in Ankara, Turkey and I now live in Kansas City MO

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

I am studying hybrid in school and at work as well

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Definitely a morning person

FAVORITE MOVIE?

Mother, Midsommar, and Grand Budapest Hotel

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

Black Mirror and Breaking Bad

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram

FAVORITE PODCAST?

AIGA Design Future Now

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau’s wild nature paintings, and Serkan Akyol’s poem inspired illustrations

FAVORITE BOOK?

If Not, Winter, and Fragments of Sappho FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSES? Environmental sustainability, and youth education

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Exercising, stretching and writing recipes

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

I always believed graphic design is a tool to gather and inform people. 2020 has been a good example of that.

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