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Cagri Cankaya

Designer, Designer on the road in Istanbul Turkey

Çağrı Çankaya is a strategic, multidisciplinary designer, illustrator & art director with an eye for innovation and pixel perfection who was born in 01.01.1984 Bursa – Turkey. He is also known as “Designer on the road” since he is the first and only designer who traveled the world just by doing design, without any personal saving and credit card between 2011 – 2014. During his world trip he has worked in 27 design and advertising agencies located in 23 countries. In 3 years he has traveled 83.900 km, been in 45 cities and gave lectures in 22 universities on the road. While traveling he wrote his insights monthly for two international design magazines “Pool” and “Newwebpick”.

His works are featured in many international publications, books, magazines, web sites and even in tv shows many times. From scuba diving in Bali to running from angry bulls of Costa Rica in a stadium, he did almost all the extreme sports and also interesting or dangerous local traditions all around the world. One of them was making the world’s first design on air. He jumped from an airplane from 11.000 feet and design a logo for his own design studio “DOTR” with 200km/h free fall speed. He became one of the main characters of a real video game project in Kiev meanwhile Turkish singer Burcu Erbaş composed a song about his story. A Chinese life style magazine selected him as “best living man of the year” He is selected as one of the top 50 young successful people in Turkey and his journey is chosen as one of the top 10 epic world trips by “Tochka” in Ukraine.

He has worked for both local and international clients, from small start ups to large fims and with every client he found it immensely rewarding, bringing the ideas they developed together to life. Now he is working as a lecturer in Kadir Has University, Advertising Department. Writing his book and running his own design studio “DOTR.”

Beside all of these he has one of the biggest animation collection of the region. He also loves watching movies, reading novels and playing games a lot. He has a collection of 1/18 scale model cars and animation figures.

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Istanbul @ TAK (Tasarim Atolyesi Kadikoy)
Feb 26, 2015