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asli demir

designer // engineer // creative


My name is Asli. 

I craft physical artifacts that question how our lived environments can flow with who we are, what we want and what makes us feel fulfilled.  


Every physical object calls for an interaction, a story that plays out in relation to it. This is my starting point in design. My work examines interactions with everyday products and their impact on wellbeing, future and culture. I focus on technology as a toolkit to design tactile, evocative, and rich experiences our senses crave to offer us.

Recently, I graduated from the TU Delft Integrated Product Design Masters. For my graduation project I worked with Ossur on developing a framework to investigate children's prosthetics from a psychological wellbeing perspective. Previously, I studied mechanical engineering at MIT, where I was a part of the Formula SAE team as a battery design engineer.

In design, emotions emerge as a transformative force in enriching our increasingly digital lives with their capability to inspire tangible products rooted in the concerns of their stakeholders.  This is exceptionally important in today's environment, where technology and the digital landscape is evolving more rapidly than ever. 

 In the explosion of capabilities of technology, our touchpoints largely consist of managing eye strain and the unease of endless feeds. We are detached from thoughtful, emotional, and rich experiences our senses crave to offer us. I am passionate about studying, questioning and creating the future of how people connect with the world to make people feel at ease and empowered in physical & digital spaces.

Design research helps me connect key drivers of stakeholders with the context and each other, orienting myself in the domain. Design always has agents, users, people it impacts. Bringing in methods from positive psychology helps inform the motive hierarchies of the people involved to understand priorities, tradeoffs and dilemmas in the context at hand. 

My multidisciplinary background creates an extensive base to draw from as a starting point, but I believe the true impact of research lies in how and with whom the information is communicated. I place great care in how I analyze and present my findings, such as in data visualizations, metaphors, analogies, collages or stories that reflect the context. 

Methods I prefer: interviews, observation, autoethnography, cultural probes, contextmapping, rituals, lifestyle research, clustering, journey maps

My background in mechanical engineering equips me with the essential skills to understand and predict how the tangible world behaves. This expertise forms the cornerstone in my transdisciplinary approach to design. I don't view engineering as the study of what exists, but as a toolkit for shaping novel designs, I put my engineering knowledge to work to enable specific effects or experiences early on in the ideation process. My distinctive contribution lies in my ability to bridge theory and practice, leveraging engineering practices to drive innovation and break down complex design challenges. 


Being involved in the MIT Formula SAE team allowed me to practice the theories I was learning in real time. Collaborating with a passionate and talented team, I translated theoretical concepts into tangible outcomes, determining critical requirements and timelines to build our electric vehicle on time. These experiences were invaluable, laying a strong foundation for my design engineering work  in research and technology driven companies like Apple and Tesla.


I often use: Mechanics of materials, design for manufacturing, simulations and numerical models, fabrication, CAD, instrumentation, electronics

Conceptualization is where the problem space is articulated by reframing the issue and opportunities at hand to showcase the possible values. For me, it means moving between abstract and concrete ideas and general and specific concepts to distill the overarching themes and steer the design work.. Even when working on technical, physical concepts, recognizing the experiences they afford facilitates an experience-driven approach. 

Embracing chaos is integral to this step. A lot of the methods I use define, balance and control chaos to widen the opportunity space and build on the niche perspectives that emerge from the research stage. 

Methods I use: brainwriting, analogies and metaphors, interaction vision, narratives & journey map , generative visuals (memetic/lifestyle collages, sketches), co-creation, persona, extreme characters, list of requirements