As one of Crossover’s go-to graphic designers, Alexandru Darie has been with the company for almost a year, producing stellar content from his own office space in Iași, Romania.
To find out more about how Alexandru juggles life and work as a contractor, we sat down with him and asked a few questions.
What types of projects are you working on?
Depending on the needs of the team, they assign me to various projects. For example, I make illustrations for the blog. I also help with ads and campaigns for RideAustin [Crossover’s answer to Uber and Lyft]. Right now, we just revamped the website, and we’re continuing to add new pages and functionalities.
How did you get your start as a designer?
I have over 10 years of experience in this field. I started working in a few advertising companies as a graphic designer and art director. Then, I quit in the middle of a financial crisis and started working freelance. It was quite hard for the first year, but after that, my paycheck gradually grew.
How did you first discover Crossover?
I’ve worked as a contractor for a lot of different companies on a lot of different teams. But after being freelance for so long, I felt the need to be somewhere I could belong.
When I first saw Crossover, it was actually on a news website. They were advertising their first event in Romania. They said, ‘Look, you can apply at here and you can get paid this much per hour.’ The salary was great. And I had a bit of free time to take their test. It took about a week to finish it.
How do you stay in touch with the Crossover community?
I try to meet everyone on my team, and if they’re close by, I say, ‘Okay, let’s go for a beer.’ It’s great that we have so many people from my country doing senior jobs; it’s really nice being part of such a team. Maybe we can even make a small blog about the Romanian side of the company.
What project are you most proud of?
Something I’m quite happy about is that I managed to centralize all assets for everybody in the company. It wasn’t such an important project but it made a huge impact. For example, I took all of the brand assets that we had and put them on a website called Frontify. So everybody that comes and on-boards through Crossover — if they need a logo or a font or template — can find them there.
How do you stay motivated as a remote worker?
I actually rented an office space. It’s as big as a room, but it’s mine. So I go every day at 8:00 in the morning and I leave at 6:00 PM. Basically, it’s just like coming to a regular job, only I’m my boss. When I go to my office, I just get to work. In my left hand, there is a coffee. In my right hand, there’s the mouse. And I can just focus. Once I’m focused, I can handle any issue that comes my way.