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A little bit about myself...

My name is Meltem Parlak and I'm passionate about improving the lives of others through design. I'm constantly learning new things every day and love meeting people who are motivated and unafraid of sharing their ideas with the world. 


I am a multidisciplinary designer with over eight years of experience. I have been responsible for leading product design projects from ideation all the way to development. 


Currently, I am a Senior Product Designer at Staples. I facilitate design workshops with user and cross-functional teams to identify innovation pathways, develop concepts, and gain senior leadership approval for short and long-term projects. 


Before joining Staples, I managed a year long research project funded by The SCAN Foundation. I traveled across America to facilitate co-design sessions with older adults to learn what they want, need, and desire in their experiences to live engaged, joyful, and independent lives. Our work resulted in a detailed research and insights report with opportunity areas identified and a co-design kit for anyone who wants to lead a session and co-design with older Americans


Outside of design, I spend most of my time with my pup Alfie and enjoy exploring the green outdoors. 




Senior Product Designer | Dec 2021 - Present


Art Director & Brand Designer | Nov 2020 - Present

Birsel + Seck

Product Design Manager | May 2018 - Dec 2021

Parsons School of Design

Adjunct Professor | Jan 2018 - Jan 2019

Bama Technology

Product Designer | Jul 2015 - Jun 2016



UX / UI      Product Design      Design Research  

Design Strategy      Design Thinking      Design Sprints

Mock-ups & Wireframes      Usability Testing      

Storyboarding      Insights & Ideation      Concept Dev            


Adobe Creative Suite      Sketch      Figma  

Invision     Rhinoceros      Fusion 360      Keyshot 


English      Turkish      German  



Parsons School of Design

MFA Product Design | 2016 - 2018

Middle East Technical University

BFA Industrial Design | 2010 - 2015

Braunschweig University of Art

Erasmus Transportation Design | 2014

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