More about Ayse Birsel
Ayse Birsel is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2017. She is the author of Design the Life You Love, a book and coursework that teaches how to create a meaningful life using design processes and tools. On the Thinkers50 shortlist for talent, she writes a weekly post on innovation for Inc.com.
The co-founder and Creative Director of Birsel + Seck, Ayse designs award-winning products and systems with Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including Amazon, Colgate-Palmolive, Herman Miller, GE, IKEA, Philips, Staples, and Toyota.
Ayse is the recipient of numerous awards including IDEA (Industrial Design Excellence Awards) Gold Awards, Best of NeoCon Gold Awards, Young Designers Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
In 2016, she was chosen as one of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches. She is also a TEDx speaker. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the MoMA, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Born in Izmir, Turkey, Ayse came to the US in 1986 to attend the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY on a Fulbright Scholarship. Since then she has called New York her home, living there with her husband and partner, Bibi Seck, and their three children, who continue to inspire her life’s design.
Find Ayse on Twitter, LinkedIn, or her website.
Resources and Books Mentioned on the Podcast
Orange paper by Birsel + Seck: “What Millenials Want at Work – download it here.
You can view Ayse’s interview for the Interior Magazine here.
Ayse Birsel, “Design the Life You Love”
Beth Comstock, “Imagine it Forward”
Marshall Goldsmith, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”
Jonathan Haid, “The Happiness Hypothesis”
Don Norman, “The Design of Everyday Things”
Twyla Tharp, “The Creative Habit”