Defne was born and raised in Istanbul before coming to the United States to study design at Carnegie Mellon University. Coming from halfway across the world, her outsider perspective and curiosity led her to engage in projects that were broad in scope, from cultural differences to the way people document their lives. On the other hand, she honed a meticulous attention to form and functionality through her internships, designing furniture for clients like Herman Miller and HBF. After receiving her BFA in industrial design, her interest in finding new problems to solve as well as experimenting with new ways of solving them brought her to gravitytank. She has been helping client teams define new product opportunities ever since.