Go To Romanian Design Week

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Advertising, Graphic Design, Professional Blog | 0 comments

Go To Romanian Design Week

If you haven’t been to “Romanian Design Week” yet, this week-end you still have the chance to participate to the events that celebrate Romanian design. Romanian Preview Design Week is the first event dedicated entirely to Romanian design that addresses a wide group of professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts. The areas include: advertising, architecture, digital design, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, photography, product design. The week will include a wide range of events “celebrating” design: exhibitions, installations, parties, creative conferences – basically, Bucharest becomes a “stage” for Romanian design. This year’s events are meant to be a preview of what the event will be in the future. Take a look on the map and choose an event. No time to stay home! 🙂 More details www.romaniandesignweek.com View Romanian Design Week Preview // Events Map in a larger...

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In a Relationship with a Famous Indonesian Movie Star

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Personal Blog, Very Personal | 2 comments

In a Relationship with a Famous Indonesian Movie Star

For the purpose of protecting the real identity of the people involved in this story, the names used in this article are fictional. Until last week I was in a relationship with a famous Indonesian soap opera and movie star. Or at least this is how it looked like at one point… This is the story of how how I got deceived and what to do so it won’t happen again. It was just a usual Friday, on February the 1st, I think it was around noon, trying to finish some work and get ready for the week-end. When suddenly, I hear the pop-sound of a new message received on facebook. It said: “hiiiiii…salutari” and it was sent by someone called Lolita Zair. I said hello back and asked her if we have ever met. Then I checked her facebook profile and realized she was a lovely Indonesian girl. She told me we have never met, but went on to ask me questions like how old I was, where I was from and if I was married. I begun to feel like the old days, in the early beginnings of the internet when the only chat available was mIRC and when you could chat with total strangers – all you had to do is approach them with the term “a/s/l” (that comes from age/sex/location). I found out she was 23 year old and apparently she only recently joined facebook because she only had about 10 friends. But I simply couldn’t get my eyes off her profile pictures. Almost all of them seemed to have been taken by professional photographers, and she looked amazing in all of them. But hey, who can blame me when she looked like this: I wanted to make sure it’s not some cousin or sister in her pictures, so I asked, and she confirmed it was herself. I asked her a couple of times how she found me, but she always avoided the answer and changed the subject. But I didn’t care. That day was my lucky day! The next month or so we spent chatting on facebook, trying to get to know each other better. I even used Google Translate in an attempt to impress her with my allegedly Indonesian skills. We talked about everything, from what we do for a living, what are our dreams to even using Google Maps’ street view to walk around Bucharest and Jakarta and visit each others’ cities. Everything seemed to be getting better and better and pretty soon she ended chatting by telling me “I love you”. Then, one day she told me that before we continue she had to tell me a secret. And so she told me she is actually a single mother, taking care of her 5 year old son. It was pretty big news, and she thought I would chicken-out, like most men and give up on her because of this. But I told her this doesn’t make her less beautiful, and that I admire her sincerity. So everything went back to normal, until one day, when she sent me a message saying she was sick and she needs money to pay for her medical insurance. That’s when I begun to be a bit suspicious, but pretty soon I forgot about the incident and everything went...

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Switch to Facebook’s New Look

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Professional Blog, Web Design | 0 comments

Switch to Facebook’s New Look

Facebook has announced some time ago that it is going to redesign its newsfeed. Do you like the new cleaner Facebook with larger images and the option to see ALL updates from your friends? It is gradually rolling out for everybody, but you can speed it up by adding yourself to the list. Scroll all the way down on this page: https://www.facebook.com/about/newsfeed Once you signed up share this to your friends so they can get it too!

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Top 10 Most Popular Youtube Videos of April 2013

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Advertising, Professional Blog | 0 comments

Top 10 Most Popular Youtube Videos of April 2013

Most of you are probably just coming back from the seaside or from the mountains where you celebrated “The International Labor Day”. I myself went to the Black Sea with some friends. The water was cold as ice, but that didn’t stop us from swimming and the sun was hotter than we estimated, so now we’re all red from sunburns. Perhaps you’re still recovering from the wild party last night, so I thought I’d write something light, something anyone can “digest” after all that food from yesterday’s picnic. Another month has passed, so in case you’re wondering what was going on on the internet while you were gone, here’s a list of the ten most viewed videos on YouTube. #10. Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2. (20,332,878 views) I’m not sure how many of you heard of “Epic Rap Battles”, but for a while now they’re becoming more and more popular with their “This versus That” videos. Their formula is quite simple: they ask the viewers to suggest two famous personalities which they then make “battle” on the stage using nothing but rap lyrics. So far the battles included Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney, Rasputin vs Stalin, Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison and many others. Their latest video features Mozart vs Skrillex and ranks 10 in our video chart. #9. Surveillance Video Related to Boston Bombings (21,582,983 views) During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. EDT (18:49 UTC), killing 3 people and injuring 264. The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 190 m apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took over the investigation, and released photographs and a video of two suspects on April 18. The suspects were identified later that day as brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. #8. CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas (22,847,440 views) On April 17, 2013, an explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, 29 km north of Waco while emergency services personnel were responding to a fire at the facility. At least 15 people were killed, more than 160 were injured and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed. The cause of the blast is as yet unknown. #7. Explosions at the Boston Marathon (24,167,604 views) The live footage of the Boston Marathon explosions. #6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Exclusive Teaser Trailer (24,518,191 views) Jennifer Lawrence received this year an Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role, for her role in the movie “The Silver Linings Playbook”. She also starred in “The Hunger Games” in 2012, and this year we are being promised a sequel. #5. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack (Official Video) (30,615,978 views) To be honest, it’s the first time I heard of Demi Lovato and I was a bit surprised to see she got over 30 million views in the last month. Personally, I don’t see what makes this song so special. To me it sounds like many others. Still, she’s number 5 on our list. #4. Dove Real Beauty Sketches (37,505,278 views) A truly original and unique campaign from Dove meant to show people a different perspective on what beauty is and the difference between how we perceive ourselves and how people...

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10 Highly Creative Business Card Types

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Advertising, Graphic Design, Professional Blog | 0 comments

10 Highly Creative Business Card Types

First of all, in case you missed it, I would like to announce that my brand new, uniquely-designed business cards have just been printed. You may check them out here. Most of you already have your own business cards, probably standard 9×5 business cards with your contact details and company logo. This article is meant to broaden your point of view and destroy the paradigm that a business card is just a piece of paper that you hand to people. Check them out! I’m saving the best for last, so please be patient. #10. FUNNY BUSINESS CARDS How cool would it be to receive the business card above, saying you are awesome? This can go both ways though… You might be a douche 🙂 The business card above belongs to a doctor performing circumcision 🙂 #9. SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE BUSINESS CARDS The business card above belongs to a divorce lawyer. In case you need an explanation 🙂 #8. TRANSPARENT BUSINESS CARDS #7. POP-UP BUSINESS CARDS #6. DETECTIVE BUSINESS CARD The business card above is probably one of the most unusual ones I have ever seen. You had to use a detective’s fingerprint kit in order to reveal the contact details. #5. MULTI-PURPOSE BUSINESS CARDS Why not create a multi-purpose business card that people can use every day? #4. HIGH-TECH BUSINESS CARDS The business card above contains a circuit demonstrating the amplification of the electric current. The business card above is actually a memory stick containing a Curriculum Vitae. Above: another example of a memory-stick business card. #3. INTERACTIVE BUSINESS CARDS The business card above belongs to a breast-enhancing plastic surgeon. Above: how about a DJ mix table revealing the contact details as you spin the disk? The business card above is quite interesting. It belongs to a rock-and-roll themed hair saloon and it plays a rock-n-roll song as you slide your finger through the comb. #2. DO-IT-YOURSELF KIT BUSINESS CARDS Above: how about a business card that transforms into a catapult? Above: for all the nature lovers out there – a business card that contains seeds that you can grow by yourself! #1. EATABLE BUSINESS CARDS Yes, that’s right! Business cards meant for the hungry ones out there! 🙂 Above: put your contact details on peanuts. Why not? Above: Do you own a dog? Give him a business card he can chew on! 🙂 Above: And finally, probably the most weird business card yet, made out of meat! NOT for vegetarians! 🙂 Might come in handy in survival situations. Which business card did you think was more creative? Leave a comment...

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10 Creative Writing Tips from the Homeless

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Advertising, Professional Blog | 0 comments

10 Creative Writing Tips from the Homeless

I’ve worked with a lot of copywriters, but very few of them have truly impressed me with their talent as much as these homeless people did. Here are their advices: 1. In the absence of creativity, plenty of companies rely on celebrities to promote their product and services. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but at least do it in a smart way, like this guy. 2. Sometimes, telling people exactly the opposite of what they were used to hear will catch their attention. 3. Don’t hide your true intentions behind too many words. Being direct goes hand in hand with the next tip… 4. Being honest can bring your ad in front of the other competitors. 5. This tip should be used with caution. I’ve seen a bunch of detergent commercials which preferred to make stupid jokes rather than show why that product is better than others. 6. If a commercial doesn’t entertain, it’s not good enough. 7. But not so humble that the clients simply walk over your brand. 8. Nowadays fighting for a cause is trendy. But only do it if you are truly devoted to it. 9. Art directors are used to the fact that nobody reads body copy. 10. Innovation is the core of any good commercial....

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How To Create a Website When You Don’t Know Anything!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Professional Blog, Web Design | 0 comments

How To Create a Website When You Don’t Know Anything!

This week I am going to show you briefly how to create a WordPress website from scratch. You do not need to have any skills at all. Perhaps some basic html skills however are a plus. I will not go into details. This is just an overview. Purchase a domain of course, you must first need to have a domain (aka a name) for your website; my website’s domain is tudorbercea.com you can purchase the domain from basically any domain registrars or hosting providers; just do a google search with “buy domain” and you will find plenty of websites where you can purchase your domain; of course, your domain must be available (aka nobody else has bought it before you) Purchase hosting for your website any website must be hosted on a server you can buy 1Gb, 3Gb or even more – according to your needs – from various hosting providers the criteria I took in consideration when choosing my hosting provider were: [server space / price] ratio – the higher the ratio, the better; you want to pay as little as possible for one Mb of space you purchase monthly bandwidth – preferably unlimited; you don’t want to have a fixed amount of data that you can upload/download to your server space number of domains you can host; at first, I bought 2 domains: tudorbercea.com and tudorbercea.ro and I needed a hosting provider that would allow me to host at least 2 domains number of MySQL databases; any WordPress website has an associated MySQL database, therefore you must be able to host at least as many databases as the number of domains hosted on your server; SSD – the latest Solid State Disks technology allows your website to load much faster than conventional Hard Drives there are other criteria and it’s always best to search for some reviews before deciding on your hosting provider; I chose www.xservers.ro because they scored highes at the criteria above and I also found some good reviews regarding their client service Add your domain to your hosting service usually you can buy both the domain and the hosting together; if that is the case, you can probably skip down to step 4 you need to make sure that your newly-purchased domain will be hosted on your hosting for this, you need to make sure that the DNS (Domain Name Servers) of your domain point to your hosting provider; please note that this might take 40 minutes to several hours to complete; your domain registrar should normally send you detailed information about how you can access your domain’s DNS; I had to access http://access.enom.com (see pictures below) Install WordPress installing WordPress is easy; here is the complete guide (click here) Customize your website your website is pretty much done; all you need to do now is customize your website and add content on posts and pages; but perhaps this is a subject for another tutorial I hope you enjoyed this first tutorial. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or to write a comment in the comment section below and I will try to answer as soon as...

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Running Vienna City Marathon 2013 for Maia’s Smile

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Guests, Personal Blog, Professional Blog | 0 comments

Running Vienna City Marathon 2013 for Maia’s Smile

The article below is written by my friend, Emil Huzu. Maia is a cheerful 4 years little girl from Iasi, Romania. Very curious in her nature and eager to learn, obstinately determined and contagiously positive, she loves music and dance, and adores admiring herself in the mirror attempting some dance moves while murmuring a song J She’s very creative with her Legos and reading books in her own language and recently she’s fascinated with Mickey Mouse and his friends’ world. Maia suffered a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) before she was born, on the night when Marina, her mother, has suffered a preeclampsia while being 37 weeks pregnant (preeclampsia is when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine). When Maia was 6 months old, the neurologist diagnosed her with right spastic hemiparesis, namely: sequelae AVC ischemic perinatal territory ACM left, right spastic hemiparesis, symptomatic partial epilepsy. This is a muscle tone and voluntary motor control disorder causing muscular imbalance in her right hand, arm and leg, causing her difficulty walking and speaking. Maia began recovery at the Children’s Hospital in their hometown Iasi immediately after diagnosis. When she was 8 months old, she suffered the first epilepsy attack and began treatment in Bucharest with injectable Synacten (containing cortisone, a hormone of growth) and anticonvulsant drugs (Depakine). Following this treatment, Maia and her mother went to Sibiu (400km away from Iasi) to start a therapy with Vojta method (www.vojta.com). Progress was visible since early beginnings: when Maia was 13 months old, her motor development was significantly imbalanced compared to her ideal age-specific evolution, while after only few months of therapy she could walk on all fours and sit. She was 2 years old when she took her first steps, but her right foot could hardly touch the ground. Travelling to Sibiu for 2 weeks of therapy every 3 months, per hospital’s therapy scheme, was not sufficient for Maia’s steady recovery. For this reason, Marina rented a room and moved to Sibiu when Maia was 18 months, keen on Maia receiving daily therapy sessions for continued progress. In the autumn of 2012, together with the therapist, they also decided to get Maia wear orthotics to adjust movement of her right leg (a leg-brace that is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle, hold the foot and ankle in the correct position). Now the orthotics require repalcement since her foot structure has changed, hence Marina will have to travel to Oradea (300km away from Sibiu – their temporary residence city) and invest aprox 450 Euro to replace Maia’s orthotics. Maia’s recovery is lenghty and costly and – just like running a marathon – it takes great determination and discipline, as well as a dedicated group of supporters. Maia’s therapy incures 500 Euros of monthly expenses including fees for daily recovery sessions following the Vojta method, regular medical examinations, medication and numerous expenses with travels around the country for examinations and regular medical visits. Marina’s wish is to see her daughter excel in whatever she will love doing, get as far as possible with her recovery and set an example for a Romanian society discriminating children with disability. “I confront daily discrimatory behaviours, but I keep positive and optimistic, focus on Maia’s theraphy and pray every...

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Like The TudorBercea.com Facebook Page!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Personal Blog, Professional Blog | 0 comments

Like The TudorBercea.com Facebook Page!

At the time I am writing this article, TudorBercea.com facebook page has 8 “Likes”. I only need 22 more Likes to get access to insights about my activity. If you like this website and would like to stay updated with new articles (tutorials, social media, interviews, design, advertising and more), click the LIKE button on the widget on the sidebar to the right. Alternatively, you can click here to go directly to the TudorBercea.com facebook page and click the Like button there. Thank you!...

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What This Website Is All About

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Personal Blog, Professional Blog | 0 comments

What This Website Is All About

Aaaand it’s been launched! But before you start browsing let me tell you what this website is all about. Portfolio Website The main reason I wanted to create a website was to increase my online visibility (which before, was limited to my social media profiles like facebook, twitter, youtube and others). As a freelancer, I want to attract more clients, and the best way to do that is to present my portfolio. The testimonials section is also a great way to attract new clients. I will update my portfolio with new projects, as soon as a project is finished. You are more than welcome to comment on my work. Whether you like my work or are not very fond of it, I will make sure your voice will be heard. Blog Another purpose of this website is to inform. Thus, the blog section will contain articles on various topics, not necessarily related to design. The articles will reflect my own opinions, as well as my guests’ opinions, who will occasionally be invited to write on the blog. If you would like to write an article on my blog, just contact me and tell me about your idea. It can be about any topic: advertising, a tutorial, society, philosophy, social media, personal development, or simply your personal reflections. I don’t really care who you are or if we ever met, you are invited to write on my blog. My plan is to post an article every week, probably every Thursday – but I still have to think about it. We’ll see how it all works out. Thank you for reading this article and for being one of the first visitors on...

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