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Canhür Aktuğlu — Istanbul, Turkey

“A good promotional design can open all the doors in your dreams. It is difficult to stand out among thousands of applications. I understood this early and prepared a creative self-promotional design to get me to my dream agency. Luckily, it wasn’t long before I was noticed. As my first professional work experience, I started as an art director at DDB&Co, the world’s third-best advertising agency at the time. Normally, I would have been lucky to work there as an intern for a long period with little income; but thanks to my creative application, I skipped past all of that.”

Turkish designer Canhür Aktuğlu has worked as a creative art director at leading advertising agencies both in Turkey and abroad. His clients have included brands such as Mercedes Benz, Fanta, Audi, KTM, Lamborghini, Bentley, Finansbank, CNN and Ikea and his work has received various prestigious national and international advertising awards, such as those from Cannes, New York Festival, Eurobest, Clio and Troy. He is currently managing his own brand — Haft Coffee Roastery, “the world’s first prison-themed coffee shop”.

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