Call me Hakan

Name: Hakan Ertan
Roots: Turkish
Living in: Brooklyn, New York
Languages: English, Turkish
Profession: Visual Designer

The unique design that Hakan created is both attractive and highly adaptable. I appreciate Hakan’s attention to detail, and I am equally pleased with how creatively he completed the web project. Thank you for doing such a great job designing eZ's marketing website.

Senior Product Manager, eZ Systems

My design journey has begun with my big brother who is an Architect. He offered me to come to his office in the summers for Photoshop gigs. “What the hell is Photoshop?” was the first thing that came to mind. When I was twelve, I’ve become a huge fan of people, art, and technology after working with an Architect. Why not being a designer then?

My passion for design became my profession after graduating from Graphic Design school. I admit that It’s wasn’t my first choice ending up in Advertising Industry but it was like my second school. I had the chance to work with many big global network agencies such as BBDO, TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, Grey Group, and have become an award-winning Art Director. I’ve learned about creativity and design strategy, marketing, art direction, public relations, and how to find ideas and run 360-degree campaigns from many talented Creative Directors and Strategists.

I’m the guy of challenges! Design, creativity, tech, and life, I like solving complex things or try to make something better. So, I decided on changing myself! I left all my career behind, took classes in UX/UI Design, and moved from Istanbul to New York.

During my freelance days in New York, I got a job offer from a CMS software company as a UI/UX designer and Visual Designer in early 2015. It was a perfect chance for me to learn the entire complex product life cycle. I had been closely worked with the New York product team and marketing team as well as the regional product and marketing teams for 5 years that are located in Europe. This experience has provided me a 360-degree understanding of creating products or solving complex problems.

As a result, while working in New York, I became a grand prize judge for Adobe Creative Jam UX Design Award, besides, some of my illustrations listed in the books called Drawn Book – Leaders in Contemporary Illustration and Bézier Book – The Best Vector Artist WorldWide.


Hakan is one of the most creative people I have had the pleasure to work with. He approaches projects with a great attitude and an eye for the unique. I have worked with Hakan to develop design and graphics for ebooks, case studies and blog posts while at eZ Systems. We also worked together on the production of video content and I was very impressed with his sense of direction and visual identity.

Henry Kogan
Creative Leadership