Greenpointers: Do you live in the neighborhood, and if so for how long?
Ertac Uygun: I’ve lived in South Williamsburg since 2012. The neighborhood doesn’t have the same energy from seven years ago but I’m still optimistic; Williamsburg is an incredible place to live. Full of creatives and good vibes.
What got you into graphic design?
Vintage magazines. I came across a box of vintage magazines when I was about 13. I recall being amazed and impressed as a kid by their colors, patterns, and illustrations. Also, drawing and doodling were my favorite crafts during my younger years. After I graduated from high school I worked as an intern for an outdoor advertising company where I developed my photoshop and illustration skills and learned how to do a design for prints. I worked for the same company until I graduated from college.
Who are some of your favorite clients to work with? Or if you can’t pick favorites, what have been some of your most rewarding projects?
My clients range from NGOs to fashion lines, jewelry brands, event companies, bloggers, music clubs, festivals, record labels, and musicians. I guess I had the biggest pleasure to work with Jazz Festivals such as NYC Winter Jazzfest, designing a poster for the legendary Herbie Hencock’s Celebrate Brooklyn concert, and album covers for Nublu Records.
In your time designing, how have you felt the Brooklyn arts community and scene has evolved?
Rent increases in Manhattan brought artists, creatives, and young professionals to Brooklyn because it is the closest borough to the Downtown and Midtown Manhattan. Most of them have flexible work schedules, or they work from their home office. Work coffee shops and co-working spaces affected these people’s working rituals. But people got the chance to work with multicultural, creative people. It gives you chance to learn things from people around the world. I think this makes Brooklyn different and all the madness started after this. I’m lucky to see this change day by day but it’s also hard to avoid seeing the gentrification.
Do you have any favorite spots to eat, drink, or work in the nabe?
Anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you’re excited about?