This is the very short version

Name: Georgian Constantin
Hometown: Tulcea
Living in Bucharest since 2006.

I am very passionate about nature and am in constant awe of it. I was like that since I was a kid, but fell a bit out of touch, just to more recently reconnect with that lost part.
I love swallows and swifts, beetles and wasps, the kingfisher, I love the eeriness of the muraena and the huge eyes and expression of the slow loris. I was really happy to find newts in the ponds of the nearby park and to discover a pair of levant sparrowhawks nesting. To identify a small grass snake near the Witches Swamp. To see how adult redstarts feed their young and what noises they make. Things like that 🙂

I was a good student, most of the times in the top, but not really struggling to get there, sometimes getting distracted and sometimes being lazy.
I studied at Colegiul Dobrogean Spiru Haret from Tulcea. After graduating the baccalaureate exam with a nice grade, I moved to Bucharest and studies Pschology at the University of Bucharest.
I got my bachelor's degree in Organizational Psychology in 2009, and tried to get my master's degree in Train of Trainers, but had to quit due to means of paying for my tuition.

Manpower (2008, internship, 3 months)
HR assistant at Manpower, not really relevant, bu there I already started designing the job ads in Powerpoint.
Petrom (summer-fall of 2009, 6 months)
Not relevant, just a job-between-jobs.
Zet Communications & Media (2010, 1 month, barely)
Nightmare job, got fired after 1 chatoic month without a contract and without being payed, and I didn't even do somethng wrong.
Liberinmiscare.ro (2011, 5 months)
Liberinmiscare.ro was a site that promoted a healthy life style, sports events and sports products. I wrote hundreds of articles for the site, I assisted events as a press representative, I photographed events and I met amazing people.
I also managed some social media here, and I created the early stages of the visual brand. Later on, when wild-thing.ro was born, I created the logo which is still used on the website.
Lugera & Makler (2011-2012, 7 months)
I created the layouts for almost all the graphic materials (flyers, posters, presentations, newsletters, web pages, stationery, invitations, brochures, advertorials, diplomas, holiday cards, thank you cards, branded gifts, business cards, etc.) for all the Lugera branches in Romania and abroad (Armenia, Ukraine, Poland, Netherlands, Slovakia). For this, I used Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, CorelDraw, and the MS Office Suite. Moreover, I managed the social media accounts (with my colleagues in the Marketing & PR Department). It was a wonderful experience, which developed my skills and defined me as a creative.
BrandTailors (2012, 3 months)
One of the most intense and important career experiences I ever had. I worked as a DTP, with wonderful and awesomely talented people, great professionals and true friends. During the time spent here, I learned a whole lot of things about maintaining a high quality level in the work process, from creation to delivery and implementation.
Austral Trade (2012-2015, 2 years 3 months)
Graphic design and desktop publishing for both brands, Austral and Papetarie(dot)ro (which were different back then). Also, I have an input on the communication process, in means of graphics and copywriting. The biggest challenge was working on the product catalog of the company [352 pages, over 2500 products with pictures, description and ever changing prices], the most strenuous project I’ve ever worked on, every year for 3 years.
Revista de Povestiri (2014-2019, 5 years) 
A series of calligraphy workshops, for a wide range of various people, in groups offor 4 weekends/workshop. I went through more than 30 of these workshops teaching to a number of more than 500 people, with huge success among the Romanian public.

Warning, this is the long story. If TL;DR, scroll up to the short version. Also, this contains some harsh truths. I have nothing to hide 🙂

My name is Georgian Constantin (on Facebook I'm Georgianul Constantin to avoid being confused with another guy that has the same name, we know each other, it's ok :). I was born in 1987 in Tulcea but I've been living in Bucharest since 2006 or so.

Since I was little, I was passionate about insects and animals, and the best books I had were about animals, plants and dinosaurs. I liked to explore my backyard, look at locusts and butterflies and other bugs while, lacking the access to internet back then, inventing names for them, like "măgăoaie" and "bâzoi". The happiest moments I remember were in nature. Whether I was at my grandparents, looking at lizards in the vineyard, or on the highest hill in my hometown, generically called "The Monument", in the village on the other side of the Danube or doing the little travel I did back in my childhood (we were quite poor and didn't really afford) I always managed to find something to be amazed about: a fish, a dragonfly, a frog, a snake, some weird flower or fruit, the way a mud dauber gathers the mud for their nest, the way a spider struggles to keep their prey in the net, how carpenter bees leave a little pile of sawdust when digging their tunnel.
Most of this I do owe to my dear brother, who taught me the goods and the bads, shared his thoughts and stories, his passion for exploring (even when we played with gun powder or caustic soda, nothing bad happened) and with whop I played and invented and wrote stories until we were both well into our teens.
Growing up, I never forgot about these little things, but I guess living through my teen years and then moving to the big city to continue my studies didn't leave me with much time to reconnect. 
In the last few years though, I remembered, little by little, what made me happy when I was a child. I built on that base, adding fresh info and getting enthusiastic about this new bird I saw in Bucharest, that little newt in a puddle in the park, that little cicada that I saw shedding their exuviae, taking my camera almost everywhere I went and becoming more and more alert about what's happening around me: colors, sounds, smells, textures.
I live in Bucharest now and I sometimes leave the city on short holidays, but most of my time is spent here. It's a very fragile system, many species suffer but somehow find a way to survive the human expansion, and even learn to profit off of it.
Some of my works are about that, some of them are just about the things I love: the elegance of a swift in flight, the noble shape of a strong stag beetle, the gentleness of a cyclamen plant, how these plants and animals have been perceived in the past and what myths and legends have been spun around them.
Therefore, you may find my posts and travel stories a bit pedantic, sorry for that 🙂

I was a quiet and shy child in my early years, most of the times keeping to myself and blushing when strangers asked me questions. I was a pretty good student, sometimes getting the best grades without much effort, and sometimes missing the marks just by getting distracted. I went to various school contests (olympiads seem to still be popular around here) like maths, biology, Romanian language, logic and psychology. 
I studied at Colegiul Dobrogean Spiru Haret from the 5th grade up to graduation in the 12th grade. The final exam, the baccalaureate how we call it, felt like one of the easiest exams and brought me an easy 9.76 out of 10.00 with little exertion.
I chose to go to the Faculty of Psychology without giving it much thought: I never meant to practice the job of being a psychologist, but I enjoyed the information and the classes. A highlight of my faculty years is joining the student's association in my third year, which helped me develop my communication skills, find a lot of friends and learn about project management, following tasks and respecting deadlines.
I graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in "organizational psychology", went for my master's degree in "Train of trainers" but had to quit in my second year due to lack of time and money. Not enough money to pay for my education, not enough time to make money.

Manpower (2008, internship, 3 months)
After graduating, my first job was as an HR assistant at Manpower, one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful voice in the HR industry in Romania, back then. I learned to multitask and take phone calls but I somehow still got to the point where I helped with the design of the job ads in Powerpoint. We parted on good terms and we wished each other good luck. My salary was the equivalent of about 600 RON.
Petrom (summer-fall of 2009, 6 months)
I found a job as a data operator in the legal department of one of the biggest companies in the oil industry. We were a big team of young people who had to mindlessly process thousands and thousands of files and introduce data in a custom software. It wasn't exhausting, it was somewhat well-payed (at least they payed the overtime hours) but it was getting to me. After six months, I quit my job at Petrom to follow my dream of becoming a graphic designer. My salary was the equivalent of about 800 RON.
Zet Communications & Media (2010, 1 month, barely)
This was a nightmare of a job, I have nothing to hide, anyone who worked there can confirm. I cannot imagine how they even made money with that kind of management. We were a small team of usual agency positions: graphic designer, DTP, copy, account. They were actually nice. But they had to deal with two bosses, one of them hysterical and workaholic who easily snapped at you out of the blue and got mad when someone left with only one or two hours overtime, the other boss was a mean, sexist, misogynistic, lazy ass who offended everybody through attitude, language and behavior. I was a beginner graphic designer, I learned some tricks from my colleagues for a month before being fired without a contract and without being payed. Good riddance I say.
Liberinmiscare.ro (2011, 5 months)
Liberinmiscare.ro was a site that promoted a healthy life style, sports events and sports products. After creating the logo for Liberinmiscare,  wrote hundreds of articles for the site, I assisted events as a press representative, I photographed events and I met amazing people. I enjoyed very much putting effort and passion into it. I also managed some social media here, and I created the early stages of the visual brand. Later on, when wild-thing.ro was born, I created the logo which is still used on the website.
Lugera & Makler (2011-2012, 7 months)
Now called Lugera, it was, at the time, the top HR agency on the market. I met a great marketing team and I proudly involved myself in the rebranding process they were going through for a long time now. After failed collabs with more than 10 of the best branding and advertising agencies, Lugera turned towards their own marketing department. Due to great difficulties of the upper management in making decisions (like, 21 versions of a powerpoint presentation) the progress was slow. As a graphic designer, I created all of the graphic materials (flyers, posters, presentations, newsletters, web pages, stationery, invitations, brochures, advertorials, diplomas, holiday cards, thank you cards, branded gifts, business cards, etc.) for all the Lugera branches in Romania and abroad (Armenia, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia). For this, I used Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, CorelDraw, and the MS Office Suite. Moreover, I managed the social media accounts (with my colleagues in the Marketing & PR Department). It was a wonderful experience, which developed my skills and defined me as a creative. After 7 months though, the company decided that the rebranding process is coming to an end, deciding to disband the marketing team.
BrandTailors (2012, 3 months)
In july 2012 I had the honor and the luck to join the DTP department of BrandTailors, one of the hottest branding agencies at the time. During the interview, they gave me a DTP technical test, which I failed completely. But they hired me for my attitude and potential they saw in me. I loved it there and it was one of jobs where I really learned a lot of useful stuff. My DTP supervisor was kind and patient with me and after 3 months at Brandtailors, after losing some important clients, they had to let me go, I was disposable, I understand that. I'm still friends with some of them.
Austral Trade (2012-2015, 2 years 3 months)
Joining a 20+ years old Romanian company specialized in office supplies was as interesting as it was challenging. Interesting because of the thousands of office supply products they had in the storage rooms, and the various qualities and faults they had, challenging because 1) it's very hard to steer the mentality of such a conservative and old company and 2) I had to take all of those thousands of products and put them in a printable catalogue of 360 pages. In InDesign, by hand. Well, of course there were whole teams who worked on this catalogue side by side, from sales, acquisitions, marketing, storage etc. But I was the funnel in which all of these informations were poured. Meanwhile, I had to juggle with other less important tasks like newsletters, web graphics for two online shops, product photography and try to freshen up the yellow-royal blue image of the company. 
The catalogue project happened once a year and stretched on some months (february-june, pretty much). These months meant constantly adding products in the catalogue, taking pictures of the newer products, editing the pictures, adding them in the catalogue, and daily updating descriptions and prices. For me, it meant stretching myself too thin and falling into a depressed state while working sometimes 1 hour, other times 2 or 3 hours overtime, sometimes weekends, sometimes during the Easter holiday and one time, in a Sunday, on my birthday. I did receive some monetary compensation after this (the equivalent of 2/3 of a 2100 RON salary if I remember correctly). I was the only graphic designer, I was the only one who knew how to use InDesign at that level, so that was on me. 
I'm not complaining, I'm just objectively describing the situation. I did learn a lot, the team was fun (was basically the same one I worked with at Lugera). But the effect of burnout slowly felt it's presence. After the first year, everybody swore that the next catalogue will go smoothly, it didn't. It was the same, maybe worse, even though we tried to avoid the traps we fell into the previous year. I was already experienced in this, but too tired.
In the third year, while hearing news about the third catalogue and how everything will go better, I suffered a huge panic attack and decided to quit.
Revista de Povestiri (2014-2019, 5 years) 
Revdepov, like we call it now, started as a short prose printed magazine, with wonderful design and a wonderful community gathered arount it that made every event to be wonderful. I have great memories from that time. Slowly, Revdepov started orienting towards writing classes with well-known Romanian authors, then extended it's portfolio to, at some point, calligraphy classes. I started teaching calligraphy in January 2014 with my friend Sorin, who shared the same passion. I taught various forms of Foundational Hand, while Sorin taught various forms of Blackletter, as we, and the workshop, evolved over the years. We had hundreds of students who, over a period of time, formed the biggest community of calligraphy enthusiasts. Teaching calligraphy brought opportunities with it, like doing live demos at events, hosting other interesting workshops and various other calligraphy related work.