My shortstory of “Doing you”

As I am a designer, people tend to think I am kind of special and strange character. And yes! I can tell, for some people I am a weirdo – a person who would not fit into their system. I may act and think different than others and behave not as people would expect it from me. So people sometimes think I am strange. However getting a good designer is not about just being (able to call yourself) a designer. It is about what you do as a designer or how you do it. And it is as well about your personality – I met a lot of designer, and what makes them outstanding is their special relation to their self and their peronality. That not only count for designers, it counts for everybody, in every moment of life. When you want to be somebody, you first have to become someone. And that starts with acting out the how.

After my studies I was falling into a gap and didn’t know how to proceed. I could have done my masters, but I decided to start my career in an agency. I knew what I wanted to do since Gamification & Strategic Design found me, I just didn’t get the chance to do so. They said there is no market for it, they said our clients doesn’t want and need that. And so I thought it is maybe not an good idea to proceed in my beloved topics. I got quiet, I stopped asking for crediting me with that topic in my job.



As Steve Jobs said, “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‚If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?‘ And whenever the answer has been ‚No‘ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” And I did.




I changed my job, I started to speak about what I love and started to participate.


I made deadlines for myself, I started to tell people about it and I started to write this blog – and now I am here, not quite there I want to be, but I will continue growing  myself.


Now my job and the company I am working for gives me the opportunity to grow in this field and to settle myself as a specialist – to be a Gamifier & Strategic Designer. So let’s do it! Change the things we can change – together!




Thanks for reading — I’m Jasmin Deniz Karatas. I’m a Strategic Designer & Gamifier.

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