Interview with designer Oksal Yesilok (OY), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Whimsical Playing Arts.

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Interview with Oksal Yesilok at Friday 17th of August 2018: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
OY : The search for an original, different and stylish design idea brought me to this point. I think cards and card games are both fun and mystical. At the same time, I always had the curiosity to play table games. Game pieces and pawns, detailed card illustrations have always been interesting for me.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
OY : I was thinking of applying my illustrations on a design object. And my main focus was on preparing products bearing their own design interpretation.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
OY : I think it will be an inspiration for my next work.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
OY : About six months.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
OY : I currently sell the product through my own website. And I think it reaches a lot of design-loving masses. But if there is another option, I will of course evaluate it.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
OY : I can say that it is for everyone who loves design products.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
OY : symbol language of the card. Because they are different from other playing cards.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
OY : I found the term "Whimsical" in the book of visual illustration dictionary. It was used for strange illustrations. I decided to use it because I work mainly on illustrations and I think it will suit the characters.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
OY : Symbols, because they have never used such a symbol suit before.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
OY : I examined the historical and contemporary examples of playing cards.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
OY : I received an invitation. I thought this would be positive for the future of design and I made an applied.