Turkey Studio

We chat with self-confessed night owl Santi Lissarrague (aka. Turkey Studio) about his top design crushes, his days working as a snowboard instructor while freelancing on the side, and selecting the right tune for his working mood (always a priority ).

Give us the elevator pitch on what you do.

Hi! Im Santi Lissarrague, graphic designer by day, freelance illustrator by night and musician in the spare time I have left. When it comes to illustration, most of my stuff is about weird and bold characters, in a cool way. I'm based in Buenos Aires and my work goes under the name of Turkey Studio. (Yeap, the funny bird!)

Talk us through a typical working day include for you right now.

Well, my working day or night (I'm a bit of a night owl) starts with a big cup of black tea, followed up by picking up the music for my current mood. Once that's settled, I check the status of the projects I'm working on, and I take it from there. Could be pen and paper, sketching at the iPad, or final touches on illustrator / photoshop. Break, snacks, browse for new music or pick up the guitar to play around a little bit just to clear my head, and get back to work.

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Who are your top five design crushes right now?

What do you look for in a great client?

I think great clients are those who trust and appreciate your work, let you do your thing, open to work together in a client / designer collaboration of ideas, honesty and feedback.

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Did you have a plan for graduation and what actually happened?

Nope, I did not. Actually I was freelancing just a bit, and working as a full time Snowboard instructor in Bariloche and California until I broke my shoulder really bad. Missed the following season, finished my graphic design career (in stand by at that moment), after that I got my first job in a creative studio called Doblegé, and I became a full time designer & illustrator to this day.

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