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Ayca Cakmakli


Ayça Çakmakli is a design researcher at Smart Design, where she explores human relationships that people seek with brands and design. She has worked on everything from defining new personal care rituals, to humanizing medical technology, to creating friendlier, more usable products for toddlers and their parents. She holds a master’s in industrial design from Pratt Institute and is a member of the Femme Den.

The curriculum for The Masters in Branding Program allows students to create frameworks to guide brand, design and business development, critically evaluate brand, business, marketing and design strategies and Master the intellectual link between leadership and creativity. Learn more...


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Debbie Millman
Chair, Co-founder


Emily Weiland

Director of Operations, Graduate Advisor


Steven Heller
Co-founder, Faculty Advisor