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Hong Ik nights

Hong Ik is the Seoul edition of Taksim in Istanbul. Everytime and everyday it is crowded and full of people around. Many clubs and bars located in this place. Hong Ik university is also located here. It is the oldest and most known art and design school of Seoul. They invited me for a workshop in 2006.

Bizim Taksim’in Seoul ubesi Hong Ik oluyor. 2006′da beni uluslararas覺 bir workshop’a davet eden Kore’nin en k繹kl羹 ve 羹nl羹 sanat & tasar覺m okulu olan Hong Ik university burada bulunuyor. Dier yandan y羹zlerce bar ve club burada Koreli gen癟lerin hizmetinde.

Street food is a must in Seoul. I can’t imagine Seoul without these food counters. Seoul is a light city and Hong Ik area is the brightest place. Unlike other developed cities around Asia. Seoul have a unique spirit and a living place. It doesn’t give you dead clean hygienic hospital feeling like Singapore.

Seul her ne kadar gelimi bir ehir olsa da sokaklar覺nda kendine ait bir ruh ta覺yan kendi enerjisine sahip bir yer. Sonradan ina edilen 癟ou yerin aksine yaayan bir k羹lt羹re sahip. Singapur gibi hastanemsi ve s羹per hijyenik bir yer deil mesela. Sokaklar elenen i癟en insanlarla dolu, heryerden taan m羹zik sesleri ve sokaklarda kurulmu tezgahlarda yiyebileceiniz binlerce Kore yemeiyle Seul’da yaanacak 癟ok ey var.

Life is much more vertical in Seoul. Even shops and cafes are like that. You can find a very popular place in 4th floor of an apartment. South Korea is a small country when it comes to land. But population is quite big. It’s a megacity with a population of over 10 million. Over half of South Korea’s population live in the Seoul. Metro of Seoul is the third busiest in the world, with over 2 billion passengers every year.

Seul’da hayat dikine sevgili dostlar. Kore sonu癟ta toprak olarak k羹癟羹k bir 羹lke. Ancak n羹fus hi癟 de az deil. Bunun bir zorunluluu olarak burada her ey dikine tasarlan覺yor. N羹fusun yar覺s覺n覺n Seul’da yaad覺覺n覺 d羹羹n羹rsek burada neden bu kadar 癟ok g繹kdelen olduunu ya da az katl覺 apartmanlar覺n yok denecek kadar az olduunu anlayabiliriz. Seul metrosunun g羹nde 2 milyar yolcu ile d羹nyan覺n en youn 羹癟羹nc羹 metro sistemi olmas覺 da bu durumun bir dier kan覺t覺.

Today, Seoul is considered to be a leading global city, ranking among the top ten global cities in the Global Cities Index of 2010. It is one of the world’s top ten financial and commercial centers, home to major multinational conglomerates such as Samsung, LG, Hyundai and Kia. Seoul is a very high tech city with keyless door systems, fiber optic super fast internet connection and mobile technologies. Speed of internet connection is amazing here. One of my friend attached my 4GB mp3 player and send all songs to her e-mail address in some seconds. Yes 4GB!

Bug羹n Seul elektrikli otob羹sleri, arj istasyonlar覺, Fiber optik internet balant覺s覺 ve her yerlerinden f覺k覺ran digital teknolojileriyle d羹nyan覺n en 繹nemli finans ve ticaret ehirlerinden biri. D羹nyaca 羹nl羹 bir 癟ok markan覺n ana vatan覺 olan bu mekanda bir arkada覺m mp3 癟alar覺mda bulunan 4GB’l覺k veriyi kendine e-mail ile g繹nderince yere salyam akt覺.

Korean Graphics NOW!

Designer on the road takes his camera ant hits hisself to streets to catch some real time graphics for you. What kind of graphics and posters around the city nowadays. Let’s see.

Kore sokaklar覺nda neler as覺l覺 ne t羹r grafikler sokaklar覺 s羹slemi kameram覺 ald覺m sizler i癟in ava 癟覺kt覺m.

Colorful print ad of Galaxy s II works good in the subway station with a nice lighning from the back.

Metro istasyonunda arkadan 覺覺kland覺r覺lm覺 bu renkli Galaxy ilan覺 gayet ho g繹z羹k羹yor.

See the right one if you want to know how bad Korean posters look like.

K繹t羹 Kore posteri g繹rmek istiyorsan覺z bak覺n覺z sada.

LG keeps it simple.

LG basitlikten yana.

I have no idea about what is this about but it looks good.

Ne demek istiyor hi癟 anlam覺yorum ama g羹zel g繹r羹n羹yor.

Too much information in the left one. Who is gonna read all of these?

Soldakine bak覺n. O incik cincik yaz覺lar ne karde kim okuyacak onlar覺 繹yle?

Good photoshop bad typography.

Siz kocaman 2 kedisiniz. G繹rsel olarak ukela ama yaz覺lar oturmuyor deil mi? G繹rsel d羹羹n羹l羹rken metin i癟in de bir alan, yer falan ayarlansaym覺 keke.

I don’t know what are these things in front of the temple.

Bunlar nedir hi癟 bilmiyorum.

If they are not a ad of product, posters includes too much text as you can see on right ones. I don’t know why but it’s boring. There should be a way to give same message with less text isn’t it?

Kore’de bir 羹r羹n羹n reklam覺 deilse posterler hep 癟ok yaz覺 dolu oluyor. Ayn覺 mesaj覺 daha az yaz覺yla vermenin bir yolu olmal覺 kardeler.

Nice photo, clean typography. Logo is not visible but too big.

G羹zel fotoraf, temiz tipografi. Logo kocaman ama buna ramen g繹r羹nm羹yor. :) Ilgin癟.

Hue saturation tutorial

Hue saturation dersi gibi bu bak. :)

Condomania

Condomania is a place where you can find any kind of condoms. Variations are endless and mind blowing. :) I have seen this places in 2006 first time near the Hong Ik university. Now it is still standing there without any major change as seen right picture.

2006′da Seul’a ilk geldiimde dikkatimi 癟eken bu d羹kkan 2011′de tekrar geldiimde aynen duruyordu. Hong Ik universitesinin hemen yan覺nda bulunan bu d羹kkanda akl覺n覺za gelebilecek her t羹rden prezervatif bulunabilir.

House of plastic surgery, Korea!

There are no limits in Korean plastic surgery. Everything is possible here. I told you about the numbers before. It’s very popular. The truth is that many of the stunningly beautiful people in Korea hold the secret to being beautiful: they paid for it. Stroll around the trendy neighborhood of Apkujong, and youll find a curiously high concentration of good-looking people. Youll also find hundreds of clinics devoted to the lucrative industry of plastic surgery. Theres even an entire street nicknamed Plastic surgery street.

Kore’de estetik ameliyat覺n ne kadar yayg覺n bir ey olduundan daha 繹nce rakamlarla bahsetmitim. Kore estetik amerliyat denince ger癟ekten d羹nyada akla gelen ilk 羹lke ve bu konuda 癟ok baar覺l覺lar. Japonya’dan bile hastalar gelip Kore’de amerliyat olmay覺 tercih ediyorlar. Ozellikle Seul’da neden herkes 癟ok eker ve kurusuz g繹r羹n羹yor diye a覺rd覺覺n覺z semtler vard覺r. Bu semtlerdeki insanlar覺n b繹yle g繹r羹nmelerinin nedeni basittir. C羹nk羹 bunun i癟in bir servet 繹demilerdir. :) Dier yandan Seul’da estetik ameliyat soka覺 diye ad覺 癟覺km覺 bir sokak da vard覺r. Buras覺 bir 癟eit estetik癟iler 癟ar覺s覺 gibidir. :) Ilgin癟tir.

Even mature men are turning to surgery to get facelifts, hair transplants and eye-jobs to make them look younger and more virile. The most popular procedure in Korea is the double eyelid operation to enlarge sleepy hooded eyes. Following a close second is the nose job which may or may not involve implanting a piece of silicone, gortex or bone to heighten the bridge of the nose. Another procedure which is gaining popularity is the butt implant. Though still in a semi-experimental phase, more and more women are requesting to have more bodacious curves in places where they typically didnt exist before.

Kore’de art覺k erkekler bile bir 癟ok operasyon ge癟iriyor. En pop羹lerleri g繹z ve g繹z 癟evresindeki operasyonlar ve sa癟 ekimi. Zaten genelde kad覺nl覺 erkekli en 癟ok yap覺lan operasyon a癟覺k ara farkla 2. g繹z 癟izgisi olmayan asya g繹z tipine g繹z 癟izgisi eklettirmece oluyor. Sonras覺nda burun b羹y羹tme operasyonlar覺 reva癟ta. Bizde insanlar burunlar覺n覺 k羹癟羹lt羹rken burada b羹y羹ltmeleri ise ilgin癟 bir olay. Bir diger pop羹ler operasyonsa kad覺nlar覺n popolar覺n覺 b羹y羹tmeleri ve daha yuvarlak hatlara sahip olmalar覺. Bizim dolgun kal癟al覺 T羹rk kad覺nlar覺m覺z覺n hi癟 bu olaylara ihtiya癟lar覺 yok maallah. :)

Subway sleeper 2

This is another sleeper in the subway. :) It’s a fact of Korea.

Kore’de insanlar覺 nas覺l 癟al覺t覺r覺yorlar anlay覺n dostlar. Insanlar iten 癟覺k覺nca bu haldeler.

Scenes of Seoul

Designer on the road discovers the Seoul city of South Korea.

Designer on the road sizler i癟in Seul’u kar覺 kar覺 gezdi ite bu videolar覺 癟ekti. :)

Seoul

A short and fast look to Seoul city of South Korea. Enjoy.

Seul’a h覺zl覺ca bir g繹z atal覺m… :)

Girls Generation loves Korean army…

Famous Korean girl band “Girls Generation” had a visit to Korean army to give some morale to soldiers. By the way Girls Generation is a group with 9 hot girls… :)

Kore’nin pop羹ler gruplar覺ndan “Girls Generation” y覺lba覺nda Kore askerlerine moral vermek i癟in askeriye i癟in s羹priz bir konser d羹zenlemi. Tabi grup 9 seksi k覺zdan oluunca olaylar bu ekilde gelimi. Bu olay T羹rkiye’de olsa olumas覺 muhtemel olaylar ise kafalarda baka bir merak . :)

Hi to Korean girl bands

You know I share popular music videos of places I go everytime. Now it’s time for Korean pop music. See what kind of things are popular in Korea nowadays. But I have to warn you these girls are HOT! Watch out! :) And as you can see the quality of production and choreography is much better then Thailand and Vietnam here. Now you can understand why Korean pop bands are so popular around all Asia.

Bildiiniz gibi her gittiim yerden oran覺n pop羹ler ark覺lar覺n覺 sizlerle payla覺yorum. Su ara Kore’de neler d繹n羹yor g繹rmek istiyorsan覺z buyrunuz. :) Ancak uyarmam gerek bu k覺zlar baya ateli. Designer on the road olas覺 bir kalp krizi kar覺s覺nda y羹k羹ml羹 deildir. :) Prod羹ksiyon ve koreografi konusundaki kalite ise dier Asya 羹lkelerine g繹re 癟ok daha 羹st羹n. Simdi neden bu gruplarin Asya’da bu kadar pop羹ler olduklar覺n覺 anlayabiliyorum.

Package-覺覺覺

Packaging samples from Seoul… Koreans use some English words with a long “I” at the end. This causes them to look as sweetest things in the planet. It sounds very cute and funny. “Package” is one of the words they use like that. So they say it like: Package覺覺覺覺…

Seul’dan baz覺 baz覺 ambalaj 繹rnekleri. Ilgin癟tir koreliler gunl羹k hayatta baz覺 kelimeleri Ingilizce olarak kullan覺yorlar ancak hepsinin sonuna “I” ekleyerek ve uzatarak s繹yl羹yorlar. Bu da zaten irin mi irin bu insanlar覺 sar覺l覺p 繹pt羹rebilecek kadar irinbir hale getirebiliyor. K繹t羹 olansa bu insanlar覺n sar覺lma, 繹p羹me, el s覺k覺ma gibi tensel temaslardan holanmamalar覺 ve hep mesafeli olmalar覺. Package bahsettiim gibi sonuna “I” koyduklar覺 kelimelerden. Yani: Package覺覺覺覺

Some of the other words they use with “I” ending:

Bu ekilde “覺” ile bitirdikleri baz覺 kelimelerse 繹yle:

English覺覺覺 – Message覺覺覺覺 – Soussage覺覺覺覺覺 – Bus覺覺覺覺 – Speak覺覺覺覺覺 – Charge覺覺覺覺

There are also some differences like:

Su ekil farklar da var mesela:

Hand made / Handi maydiii – Battary charge / Pattari chargiiiii

3th one is a gift from Yuri to me in 11.11.11 :) Second one is a kind of water which is very popular in Korea. It’s also tasty. In general what I see in Korean package designs. They are not much colorful and crowded as the Vietnamese ones. Usually Korea uses a more minimal way of design. Colors are still there for sure but combinations doesn’t hurt your eye. :) With the power of awesome Korean typography they look cool easily. Even the letters of Korean alphabet are very design friendly. Because they look very sharp and compatible with grid system. Only thing I hate in Korean packaging is poppers and bubbles. I think they create a crowded layout mess up a very nice solid design most of the times.

3. fotoraftaki 癟ikolata bana i arkada覺m Yuri’nin 11.11.11 tarihinde masama b覺rakt覺覺 bir hediyeydi. 2. Fotoraftaki ise bir 癟eit su. Asya’da bu sar覺 renkli hafif aromal覺 sular pek pop羹ler. K繹t羹 deil ama. Genel ambalaj tasar覺mlar覺 羹zerine yorum yaparsak Vietnam’dan sonra 癟ok daha sakin hala sonuna kadar Asyal覺 ama bir yandan da modern ve dingin tasar覺mlar g繹r羹yoruz. Renklilik halen mevcutken kombinasyonlar覺n g繹z yormamas覺 mis. Korece’nin muteem tasar覺m dostu grid sistemine uygun keskin hatl覺 yap覺s覺 tasar覺mc覺lara kolayl覺k sal覺yordur diye d羹羹nmeden edemiyor insan. Kore tipografisinin ambalajlar 羹zerinde yaratt覺覺 o haval覺 g繹r羹nt羹 renkli tasar覺mlarla birleerek gayet sempatik bir hava yarat覺yor diyebiliriz. Yaln覺z patlanga癟lar覺 azaltsalar keke oradan buradan f覺rlayan hatta zaman zaman p繹rtleyen bu patlanga癟lar 癟ou zaman gereksiz kalabal覺k yarat覺yor gibi geliyor bana.

Kirkland water was the worst one I have seen in Korea. Shape of the bottle is not bad but a black background for a water brand? c’mooon!!

Bu Kirkland nedir abi? T繹vbe yarabbi! O siyah fon nolcak?