• art enthusiast
  • entrepreneur
  • chess player
  • dreamer
  • visual designer
  • visionary
  • techie
  • design geek
  • inpatient
  • artsy
  • UI & UX designer
  • information architect
  • workout fan
  • illusionist
  • perfectionist
  • strategist
  • rational
  • public speaker
  • art director
  • brand designer
  • pragmatic
  • efficiency freak
  • traveler

— that’s me, in a nuthsell

I’m currently available for new freelance projects and new business proposals. I’m especially interested in tech startups.

I was born and raised in Timisoara, a western city of Romania. I always enjoyed arts, especially visual ones. I experimented over the years with drawing, spray painting, prestidigitation, piano and later visual design. During college I started to work on a small entrepreneurial project where I did my own branding and promotional materials. One thing led to another and a few years later I’m Lead Designer / Art Director at ejobs.ro, Romania’s leading job board, with over 3.3 mil. users.

I enjoy doing stuff like

  • Art Direction
  • Branding & Identity
  • Logo design
  • Project Management
  • Information architecture
  • User Interface design (UI)
  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • Usability analysis
  • Copywriting
  • Photo-manipulation
  • User Research

Experience

2015
to Feb 2017

Lead Designer at ejobs.ro

In charge of “look and feel” of ejobs – branding, UI, UX, art direction. Under my supervision the company went trough a big improvements: a process of refreshing the brands visual identity, and redesign of both web and mobile apps.  Furthermore, I helped develop the Design department with new hires and I’ve lead the compnaies first user research study alongside Toni Feraru, Lead Researcher at ejobs.ro

2015
to present

Art Director at Caligrafik Studios

Caligrafik is an illustration and design agency I’ve started during college. I manage a group of visual artists, caricature artists, painters and designers to which I place projects that best match their abilities and expertise. I am in charge of art direction and marketing.

2014

Graphic Designer at Loopaa Marcom Inc

Loopaa is a full-service digital marketing agency from Cluj Napoca, Romania. I worked on various print and web projects. Here is where I’ve learnt to calmly manage negative feedback and the value of team spirit.

Sometimes I tweet

@calin_balea
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