So what happened to çubuk?

Remember Çubuk from a few months backwards, the fictional fast-food Chinese Restaurant for which I was designing the corporate identity for?

The last time I posted anything regarding Çubuk was this, and now at a glance, I could say that is absolutely hideous.

I am proud to say that I have gone a long way (but I still have a lot more to go), so here is the corporate identity for Çubuk. If you are interested in the Style guide PDF, here it is (in Turkish!). cubuk kurumsal kimlik kilavuzu

The image of the menu that I designed this term will be coming up soon.

Credits go to Murat Durusoy and Emre Parlak for the photography.

By the by, this is my 150th post. Huzzah!

What about the style? – The Istanbul Guide / Search Engine Idea, Keşfekeder

Here are some images that I think will be helpful of the VA 301 class to define the interface of Keşfekeder, the Istanbul city guide/search engine site.

I think this might be the closest one to keşfekeder, since people can have their own accounts. Istanbulcityguide helps in categories such as events, hotels, information, sightseeing, shopping, fairs and so on.

I think this might be the closest one to keşfekeder, since people can have their own accounts. Istanbulcityguide helps in categories such as events, hotels, information, sightseeing, shopping, fairs and so on.

It might seem totally unrelated, but myanimelist is basically a search engine where you can have your own account and select what you have watched, rate it, and have recommendations about it. Plus the layout is very very simple to use. The same system could probably be used for for keşfekeder. People could rate other events and recommend other events for other people too.

It might seem totally unrelated, but myanimelist is basically a search engine where you can have your own account and select what you have watched, rate it, and have recommendations about it. Plus the layout is very very simple to use. The same system could probably be used for for keşfekeder. People could rate other events and recommend other events for other people too.

Ege told about not for tourists last week in class. It's layout is quite simple, and you can have your own account as well. I liked the neighborhood part of the site. Might be useful to use the same thing as "semts" in keşfekeder. Love the simple map. This screenshot is from the London page, but they also offer service for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Philedelphia and Atlanta.

Ege told about not for tourists last week in class. It's layout is quite simple, and you can have your own account as well. I liked the neighborhood part of the site. Might be useful to use the same thing as "semts" in keşfekeder. Love the simple map. This screenshot is from the London page, but they also offer service for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Philedelphia and Atlanta.

Lonelyplanet is one of the most popular tourist guides in the world. This screenshot is from the Istanbul page. Lonelyplanet focuses mostly on permanent places and events because they cannot constantly update the whole worlds' events. But the basic layout is nice, and you don't have to search for a long time to find what you are looking for.

Lonelyplanet is one of the most popular tourist guides in the world. This screenshot is from the Istanbul page. Lonelyplanet focuses mostly on permanent places and events because they cannot constantly update the whole worlds' events. But the basic layout is nice, and you don't have to search for a long time to find what you are looking for.

Rough Guides is another popular tourist guide like lonelyplanet. But I think the layout and logo doesn't look as professional and simple as lonelyplanet and the given information is much less. I think the guidebook of this brand might be more detailed though.

Rough Guides is another popular tourist guide like lonelyplanet. But I think the layout and logo doesn't look as professional and simple as lonelyplanet and the given information is much less. I think the guidebook of this brand might be more detailed though.

MSN city guides is pretty nice for US locals. The screenshot is from the Miami, FL page and as you can see, the weather forecast, a detailed map and featured restaurants, events etc. are shown in one page.

MSN city guides is pretty nice for US locals. The screenshot is from the Miami, FL page and as you can see, the weather forecast, a detailed map and featured restaurants, events etc. are shown in one page.

TimeOut is another popular city guide. This screenshot is from the Tokyo Page. Personally, I think it's in the middle of lonelyplanet and roughguides in the sense of quality. And I guess it works both for tourists and locals. It seems like they update events like the istanbulcityguide, so it's more local than both lonelyplanet and roughguides. The layout is quite simple, therefore finding the information you want is very easy too.

TimeOut is another popular city guide. This screenshot is from the Tokyo Page. Personally, I think it's in the middle of lonelyplanet and roughguides in the sense of quality. And I guess it works both for tourists and locals. It seems like they update events like the istanbulcityguide, so it's more local than both lonelyplanet and roughguides. The layout is quite simple, therefore finding the information you want is very easy too.

I know the layout of the Australia Community Guide is below average and all, but I think it might give a good idea of content. For example the sub-categories of the title "Animals & Pets" are Aquariums & Supplies, Birds & Wildlife, Dog & Cat Boarding & Breeding, Dog & Cat Clipping & Grooming, Dog Training, Horses & Pony, Pet Care Services, Pet Foods & Supplies, Pet Shops, Veterinary Services. Well I guess giving information for the locations of ice-skating places in Istanbul will be useful for the people who are interested in ice-skating..

I know the layout of the Australia Community Guide is below average and all, but I think it might give a good idea of content. For example the sub-categories of the title "Animals & Pets" are Aquariums & Supplies, Birds & Wildlife, Dog & Cat Boarding & Breeding, Dog & Cat Clipping & Grooming, Dog Training, Horses & Pony, Pet Care Services, Pet Foods & Supplies, Pet Shops, Veterinary Services. Well I guess giving information for the locations of ice-skating places in Istanbul will be useful for the people who are interested in ice-skating..

Istanbul.com is a website still in beta. The layout is simple, but the logo seems like it was stolen from somewhere. People can have their own accounts, but I'm not quite sure how it works. This might also be close to keşfekeder.

Istanbul.com is a website still in beta. The layout is simple, but the logo seems like it was stolen from somewhere. People can have their own accounts, but I'm not quite sure how it works. This might also be close to keşfekeder.

The World Travel Guide is just another classic travel guide website, and just like roughguides, the website doesn't provide much information. The important thing is, you can print your own mini-guide from this site. On the left side-bar, you can click "Printable Mini Guide" and the site gives you choices to select like "Sightseeing", "Shopping", "Culture" etc and you can print your own guide. This function could be useful for keşfekeder.

The World Travel Guide is just another classic travel guide website, and just like roughguides, the website doesn't provide much information. The important thing is, you can print your own mini-guide from this site. On the left side-bar, you can click "Printable Mini Guide" and the site gives you choices to select like "Sightseeing", "Shopping", "Culture" etc and you can print your own guide. This function could be useful for keşfekeder.

I guess one cannot leave out Wikia while talking about an information site. Usually wikia sites are the same format as wikipedia, just like in wikitravel. Honestly, wikitravel doesn't give any useful information about Istanbul for people who live in Istanbul, but on the other hand, people are very familiar with the wikia layout and might want to use an easier site like this one.

I guess one cannot leave out Wikia while talking about an information site. Usually wikia sites are the same format as wikipedia, just like in wikitravel. Honestly, wikitravel doesn't give any useful information about Istanbul for people who live in Istanbul, but on the other hand, people are very familiar with the wikia layout and might want to use an easier site like this one.

Istanbulartlist is a guide of events related to art in Istanbul. I really do like the map in this guide. You could view the pdf of the guide if you click the image.

Istanbulartlist is a guide of events related to art in Istanbul. I really do like the map in this guide. You could view the pdf of the guide if you click the image.

Many people who use the most popular search engine, Google, does not notice that they could customize their own google with iGoogle, when they log in with their google/gmail accounts. This screenshot is from my own customized iGoogle, and I do find it very useful at times. Keşfekeder, as a search engine, could do use with customizable banners and applications as well.

Many people who use the most popular search engine, Google, does not notice that they could customize their own google with iGoogle, when they log in with their google/gmail accounts. This screenshot is from my own customized iGoogle, and I do find it very useful at times. Keşfekeder, as a search engine, could do use with customizable banners and applications as well.

Another customizable information site/search engine is mysu used by the students of Sabancı University. Keşfekeder could use the same system of applications since our Course Schedule could be replaced with an Event Calendar.

Another customizable information site/search engine is mysu used by the students of Sabancı University. Keşfekeder could use the same system of applications since our Course Schedule could be replaced with an Event Calendar.

I use Flock as a browser because it's very prone to being customizable. I am sure I will use keşfekeder too if it might prove to be easy to navigate and if I could customize my account and widgets/add-ons.

I use Flock as a browser because it's very prone to being customizable. I am sure I will use keşfekeder too if it might prove to be easy to navigate and if I could customize my account and widgets/add-ons.

What about the style? – The Second-hand / Handmade Clothing & Accessory Shop Idea, Bitpazarı

Here are some images that I think will be helpful of the VA 301 class to define the style of Bitpazarı, the second-hand/ handmade clothing and accessory shop.

BLOKE Clothing provides hard to find and exclusive brand name evening casual wear for men in Calgary. I liked the slogan and the placement here.

BLOKE Clothing provides hard to find and exclusive brand name evening casual wear for men in Calgary. I liked the slogan and the placement here.

The Attic wholesales used and vintage clothing to companies and individuals all over the world.

The Attic wholesales used and vintage clothing to companies and individuals all over the world.

Another image from Attic Vintage. The barrels look quite interesting, and this setting might attract the younger population.

Another image from "Attic Vintage". The barrels look quite interesting, and this setting might attract the younger population.

Again, an image from Attic Vintage, but this time we see a wall of clothes. Quite original.

Again, an image from Attic Vintage, but this time we see a wall of clothes. Quite original.

More photos from Attic Vintage, which is very close to the image of Bitpazarı in my head:

the ATTIC Vintage Clothing Store is designed in a distinctive retro look and feel. Its like stepping into a time machine. 1965, here we come!

"the ATTIC Vintage Clothing Store is designed in a distinctive retro look and feel. Its like stepping into a time machine. 1965, here we come!"

Another vintage clothing store, peanutbreath, has a wide selection of vintage clothing too. I think this one is not bad, although the Attic has much more options. I like the clothing racks of peanutbreath though.

I really also liked retrostar, which is in Australia, just look at the store. Love the changing rooms.

retrostar

There is also a Right to the Moon Alice Vintage Clothing, who claims to have worked with several movies including "Mona Lisa Smile", "The Kite Runner" and "All Good Things". That's quite impressive, and their 20,000 square foot warehouse is too.

So I guess these kinds of places have rows and rows of clothing in a large location where people have to thumb through for a long time to find something just for them. But this might be more attracting since most of the clothes are one of a kind.

What about the style? – The Chinese Restaurant Idea, Çubuk

Here are some images that I think will be helpful of the VA 301 class to define the style of Çubuk, the Chinese Restaurant. (By the way I was thrilled that my idea got 5 votes. And there I was, thinking it was quite a selfish idea to even talk about. Thanks guys :D )

I really do like the skeleton of the chairs here, although I cant say the same about the dirty yellow colour which ruins the atmosphere. The lamps are not nice at all, but the screens and chair skeletons are good.

I really do like the skeleton of the chairs here, although I can't say the same about the dirty yellow colour which ruins the atmosphere. The lamps are not nice at all, but the screens and chair skeletons are good.

The wall detail, the lamp and the windows are not bad, but the tables and chairs here dont have any particular attributes. The porcelain vases are not bad, but their placement seems crude and badly done.

The wall detail, the lamp and the windows are not bad, but the tables and chairs here don't have any particular attributes. The porcelain vases are not bad, but their placement seems crude and badly done.

I actually liked the interior of this particular restaurant but I think it might be a bit stuffy because the reddish-pinkish colour is...well... suffocating..

I actually liked the interior of this particular restaurant but I think it might be a bit stuffy because the exclusive use of reddish-pinkish colour is...well... suffocating..

I think this one is quite well. The use of space and the decoration is nicely done, although I dont really like the walls, that is not something that cannot be changed.

I think this one is quite well. The use of space and the decoration is nicely done, although I don't really like the walls, that is not something that cannot be changed.

This one is a bit more plain, but I do like the lighting.

This one is a bit more plain, but I do like the lighting.

This one seems a little bit more quiet and cozy, but more exclusive at the same time. I like the use of space and lighting here.

This one seems a little bit more quiet and cozy, but more exclusive at the same time. I like the use of space and lighting here.

I actually like the atmosphere here, partly because of the pool, but I dont think making that is possible in the climate of Turkey. Plus, I think the only thing that implies that this is a Chinese restaurant is the pool and maybe the elephant. The chairs, tables etc. are quite unrelated.

I actually like the atmosphere here, partly because of the pool, but I don't think making that is possible in the climate of Turkey. Plus, I think the only thing that implies that this is a Chinese restaurant is the pool and maybe the elephant. The chairs, tables etc. are quite unrelated.

I think that this is more like a Japanese Restaurant than a Chinese Restaurant, but I like the chairs around the centre and the floor as well.

I think that this is more like a Japanese Restaurant than a Chinese Restaurant, but I like the chairs around the centre and the floor as well.

Just look at the floor. The tables, chairs, ridiculous statue, walls seem bad.

Just look at the floor. The tables, chairs, ridiculous statue, walls seem bad.

For those who want to know how a fastfood Chinese Restaurant may look like, they look much plainer.

For those who want to know how a fastfood Chinese Restaurant may look like, they look much plainer.

This one is actually from a quite nice chain restaurant called Ping Pong Dim Sun. I like the atmosphere although it is actually quite unique, because I wouldnt have called it a Chinese Restaurant by looking at the interior if it hadnt got the chopsticks and round table at the right side of the photograph. Here is the website: http://www.pingpongdimsum.com/

This one is actually from a quite nice chain restaurant called "Ping Pong Dim Sun". I like the atmosphere although it is actually quite unique, because I wouldn't have called it a Chinese Restaurant by looking at the interior if it hadn't got the chopsticks and round table at the right side of the photograph. Here is the website: http://www.pingpongdimsum.com/

These guys used too much red but if you look carefully, you can see the internal roof which looks interesting.

These guys used too much red but if you look carefully, you can see the internal roof which looks interesting.

I like the inn-like look of this restaurant.

I like the inn-like look of this restaurant.

A bit too plain, and Im not sure if the stools are comfy at all (or suitable for children to sit) but I like the classic revolving round tables.

A bit too plain, and I'm not sure if the stools are comfy at all (or suitable for children to sit) but I like the classic revolving round tables.

Too modern maybe?

Too modern maybe?

Now the description of this photo says The concept of fancy chairs by the window is really popular in China with dating teenagers! and it is popular in Taiwan in bubble tea cafes, and I really approve that the swinging chairs are for teenagers and young adults but there might be a section where the swinging chairs could be used.

Now the description of this photo says "The concept of fancy chairs by the window is really popular in China with dating teenagers!" and it is popular in Taiwan in bubble tea cafes, and I really approve that the swinging chairs are for teenagers and young adults but there might be a section where the swinging chairs could be used.

This one is a bit more traditional than some of the other images. I really do like the round door/entrance and we do just get a glimpse of what the interior looks like, but I guess some setting like this would be appropriate for a division situated in a mall.

This one is a bit more traditional than some of the other images. I really do like the round door/entrance and we do just get a glimpse of what the interior looks like, but I guess some setting like this would be appropriate for a division situated in a mall.

The umbrella lights are quite nice, although they seem to have randomly placed them here. The back wall looks nice too.

The umbrella lights are quite nice, although they seem to have randomly placed them here. The back wall looks nice too.

This one is supposedly a top notch Chinese Restaurants, but if you ignore the ridiculous chandeliers, I think the ceiling is quite nice, especially if you think about them without the quite bright fluorescent lights.

This one is supposedly a top notch Chinese Restaurants, but if you ignore the ridiculous chandeliers, I think the ceiling is quite nice, especially if you think about them without the quite bright fluorescent lights.

If you ignore everything else here, the way the tissues are folded are quite nice and they look cute.

If you ignore everything else here, the way the tissues are folded are quite nice and they look cute.

Lastly, this is the restaurant called Mai-Ling in Kadıköy that my uncle opened. I think the interior is nice in a plain and simple way.

Lastly, this is the restaurant called Mai-Ling in Kadıköy that my uncle opened. I think the interior is nice in a plain and simple way. Looks neat.