I’m a 29 year old freelance web designer living in Bucharest, Romania, who discovered the benefits of the self-employed life and who loves every minute of it!
Do you have a Brand?
My freelancing name is Rubiqube, which is kind of odd, but I picked it based on a silly idea and now I’m stuck with it. But hey… Google used to sound funny too! But a brand? Not really. I’m just going with the flow for now and trying to improve along the way. I wish I could build a brand around my name, but I find that difficult, as it’s not very catchy.
How do you choose the idea and the colors in any new project?
I usually base my work on existing branding guidelines, if any. If not, my inspiration comes from the initial discussion I have with the client, from photography, from the web trends, etc.
What does your typical day look like?
I used to follow a more strict schedule, but I don’t do that anymore. I usually work on multiple projects at the same time, so I mix work and play depending on inspiration or urgency of a certain project. I try to diversify my day as much as possible.
What are the tools you couldn’t live without?
Adobe Fireworks, WordPress and Paymo.
What do you do in your free time?
I do a lot of PC gaming and I’m seriously considering buying a PS3 to play some of the exclusive titles. I don’t watch much TV, but I do watch a lot of the Revision3 shows, quite a few TV shows and the occasional movie. I spend a lot of time reading blogs or simply browsing the web. Maybe too much time! However, in a month or so, things might change a lot, as my son will be born.
Current favorite apps?
I just discovered moneyStrands and I really like it
What OSs do you prefer?
The only one I know: Windows
Small pic for your Workplace?
Favorite: Colors, Font, Languages (PHP, Ruby), JS Framework?
Subtle colors, Helvetica, PHP, jQuery
The things or source that inspired you?
The are many sources of inspiration for me, but my favorite thing is Steve Jobs’ Commencement address at Stanford. Sounds cliché, but it really means a lot to me.
What’s do you prefer, the freelance work or the full time employee?
Isn’t it obvious? ;)
Your personnel projects and goals for 2010?
My biggest goal is generating more passive income than in 2009 and being able to work even less than I do now. Tim Ferriss’ for hour work-week is the final goal. That way I can focus mostly on personal and fun projects.f