1. They are unknown in the most popular community for designers, Dribbble:
Cosmin Capitanu – “I’m a freelance graphic designer, an architect, and an urban planner.”
Ionut Zamfir – Product Designer at Zomato
Virgil Pana – “Freelance designer specialized in UI and interaction design.
Paul Flavius Nechita – “Lazy designer & shop keeper @ creativemarket.com/TheUIShop”
2.They don’t even know how to create useful themes to sell them on popular marketplaces:
Themeisle – Discover 30+ Free & Premium WordPress Themes & Templates
Pixel Grade – “We build smart themes for productive people”
Get Bowtied – The team of choice for reliable WordPress themes.
3.They create only crappy art. See for yourself:
Aitch – “I create colorful watercolor artworks on paper, characters cut out of wood, painted murals and intricate patterns and illustrations for clients all over the world.”
Madalina Andronic – Since 2010, Madalina’s freelance work includes projects for clients all around the world and 4 published books in Romania and UK.
Octavian Belintan – Colorblind is a multidisciplinary design studio located in Bucharest / Romania. I collaborated with numerous companies (big and small) and agencies.
4.They are so limited that they don’t even do research before starting their work:
Great article written by Alexandru Paduraru.
5.They work in dreary offices:
Ezzo Design Office
Impact Hub Office
6.They turn ideas into products that nobody uses or wants:
With a worldwide network of 500 million machines, Bitdefender has the largest security delivery infrastructure on the globe. Performing 11 billion security queries per day, Bitdefender detects, anticipates and takes action to neutralize even the newest dangers anywhere in the world in as little as 3 seconds.
Avangate powers modern Digital Commerce, finally solving the complexity of online commerce, subscription billing, and global payments for Software, SaaS and Online Services companies.
Backed by a proven cloud platform, unmatched expertise and a depth of digital commerce services, Avangate helps digital business leaders drive the fastest path to revenue, maximize the value of every customer, and expand global reach.
Over 4,000 of the most demanding digital businesses in over 180 countries trust Avangate including Absolute Software, Bitdefender, Brocade, FICO, HP Software, Kaspersky Lab.
Appticles is a multi-channel mobile publishing platform. Their flagship product is WordPress Mobile Pack that has currently over 1,000,000 downloads. Other micro-products include mobile app themes for Progressive Web Apps and Accelerated Mobile Pages. Appticles has been through two business accelerators: Startupbootcamp (Copenhagen/Denmark, 2010) & Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (US, 2016)
UiPath design and deliver the most advanced automation platform. Businesses of all sizes, BPO providers and shared service organizations around the world use their software to provide exceptional benefits in operational quality, speed and cost.
Clever Taxi is the first free taxi app launched in Romania with more than 300,000 active users and it has the largest number of taxi drivers available.
7. They don’t know how to create and work in a startup:
T-Me Studios is a team of developers, graphic artists and marketers working in the mobile ecosystem, with four years’ worth of shared experience publishing apps on the Google Play Store and the App Store.
Two hundred million people around the world have used the personalization and productivity apps in T-Me Studios’ portfolio to change the way their phones look and to streamline and enhance the user experience on mobile.
Froala is changing the way web apps are built and edited, by offering tools that empower developers and designers to create amazing websites.
They started with our already famous editor and took the WYSIWYG HTML editing to a whole new level, and continued with website design. Design Blocks adds the amazing editing experience we created to website design so that you can create, edit and download beautiful design in a matter of minutes.
Creative Tim offers Bootstrap based design elements that speed up your development work. They build complex kits that help you create powerful projects. Creative Tim loves the web and cares deeply for how users interact with a digital product.
The idea behind Creative Tim was creating a standard of things we actually need and would personally use inside our web projects. They power businesses and individuals to create better-looking web projects around the world.
Increase Media – A creative digital media agency working for amazing business and brands worldwide
Increase Media is the perfect sweet spot between utterly creative and strongly analytical. They offer well executed digital strategy that creates both sales and happiness.
8.They are expensive as f***:
Romania is the cheapest technology hub.
Coders get less than $20 / hour
9.The world’s greatest companies just hate them:
10.They don’t know how to make a Indiegogo campaign:
Sound Heroes: Bluetooth Speaker of the Future
Raised over $450k on Indiegogo
This article is obviously written in an ironic manner, we are really proud of our Romanian colleagues! And we strongly recommend working with our fellow Romanian designers and developers if you have the opportunity.
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The “Ezzo Designist Office” and “Get Bowtied” photos are copyrighted to Andi Popescu.
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