We create products, communications, images and environments with effective message and high quality execution. We work closely with our clients to align with their strategy, find out the right tone of voice for their target audience and expand their message successfully across physical, digital and environmental applications. 

We are a versatile team of two designers collaborating with photographers, developers, copywriters and professionals from other disciplines to expand as our projects grow.

We handle all of our projects with the same enthusiasm, whether small or big. We believe we do our best work while we imagine and have fun.

Playing, learning and experimenting is the key of our creative process. We are looking for new ways to tell our story every single time. We develop side projects to play with new ideas, have fun with new tricks and look around in contemporary culture.


Brand Identity:

Logotypes & Brand Marks
Identity Systems
Brand Guidelines
Visual Communication:

Creative Direction
Art Direction
Graphic Design
3D Image Making
Type Design
Creative Content

Physical Media:

Editorial Design
Book Design
Printed Materials
Bespoke Merchandise
Toy Design
Digital Media:

2D/3D Motion Graphics
Website Design
Apps & User Interface
Creative Content Creation

Graphic Environments
Set & Retail Design
Signage & Wayfinding


Doğukan Karapınar

Doğukan Karapınar is co-founder of Sömestr. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Marmara University. For six years prior to the founding of Sömestr, Doğukan worked with clients like Turkish Airlines, Samsung, Nutella, Contemporary İstanbul, Astana International Expo 2017, Pozitif, Geberit, Babylon, Restored Film Days and İCAF İstanbul Comics and Art Festival.

Dilara Şebnem Esendemir

Dilara Şebnem Esendemir is co-founder of Sömestr. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Marmara University. Dilara worked for clients like Doğan Kitap, GMK Turkish Graphic Designers Association, UNIQ İstanbul, Art By Chance Ultra Short Film Festival and Siyah Kitap. She gained design experience in various business fields and exclusively in publishing before the founding of Sömestr.


Notable Awards:

38th GMK Turkish Graphic Designers Ass. Packaging Award, 2019

Graphis Poster Annual 2019 Gold

Graphis Poster Annual 2019 Silver

Turkey Environmental Label (Ecolabel) Logo Design Competition First Prize, 2018

36th GMK Turkish Graphic Designers Ass. Self Promotion Winner, 2017

36th GMK Turkish Graphic Designers Ass. Outdoor Award, 2017

36th GMK Turkish Graphic Designers Ass. Motion Graphics Award, 2017

36th GMK Turkish Graphic Designers Ass. Logo Design Success Award, 2017

İstanbul Wooden Toy Design Competition First Prize, 2017

54th International Troia Festival Poster Contest First Prize, 2017

35th GMK Turkish Graphic Designers Ass. Motion Graphics Award, 2016

İstanbul Illustrations Competition First Prize, 2016

WPO WorldStar Packaging Awards Winner, 2014
Notable Exhibitions:

Thessaloniki Design Week, 2019

GDFB What Do You Do Poster Selection, Breda 2015

Rapor Exhibition, Mixer İstanbul 2015

Comic Sans Cancer, The Proud Archivist, London 2014

Connecting the Dots: Workshops, Pera Museum, Istanbul 2013

Skopje Poster Festival Competition Award, Skopje 2013
Notable Publications:

IXDesign Typography Theme, 2020

The Dieline, 2019

Skylife Magazine, 2018

Gallery Vol. 39, 2017

Exhibition Art, Sandu Publishing, 2016

Typomania Festival Selection, 2016

The Dieline, 2014