passed away last week--far too early in life--from breast cancer. A dear friend and colleague, Naz (as most knew her) was not only a stellar designer and art director, she was also a talented fine artist like her father, the famous turkish painter Erol Akyavas
I was lucky enough to have Naz on my design team at Brides, where she worked with me for over 4 years as Design Director. Naz breezed through our industry leaving her creative mark on magazines like Breathe, Teen People, Golf & Travel, Working Woman, SmartMoney, Us Magazine--and many others as a freelance designer.
She was an amazing spirit and an incredibly talented designer who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. I am so blessed to have called her a friend.