István Jakab – Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Worshipper

Your friends know you as a Designer/Instagrammer from Cluj, but please introduce yourself in a few words!

Well, let’s not make this formal. I like being among people, and one of the most important things for me is expressing myself through art (not only in the common sense of this word). This is why I have given a lot of speeches, why I am eager about graphic design, photography, volunteering, Christian social work and music. I would like to see myself as a complex person, meaning that I can create valuable things on different levels belonging to different fields of specializations.

I heard that you are a designer and you love photography. Which one fits you better?

I’ll go for the former. I have been designing for almost 6 years now, but the first time I got paid was only four years ago. I never attended formal design courses, I only relied on my ever-changing experience and YouTube tutorials that I could find. Providing a complete brand identity for different kinds of projects is a thrilling adventure and great opportunity, even though sometimes it requires a lot of patience towards the patients. Still, my abilities to design made me more independent, because I can create whatever content I would like to and I can dress it up, display it properly on every visual surface. About photography: it’s a new aspect for me, I just bought my first DSLR one year ago, but finally, I have found my own style – meaning that I know what I would like to take pictures of, and I have created those 3-4 Lightroom Presets that fit my actual ideas.

Biggest Photography / Design project so far?

István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
Speaking of design, it is easy to choose the biggest project: it’s the complete brand identity of VIBE Festival. I have been learning a lot about design and media communications since I started working with the organizers. Another fancy project was designing every single logo of the Instagram family that this blog belongs to.

I relate photography to Instagram, and I am glad I could take some shots that were featured on pages with numerous followers.

If I can say, you are running some Instagram pages with friends in Transylvania. What do these pages mean to you, being an Instagrammer? Which pages do you power?

István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
Well, it’s tricky. My first Instagram page was @zacuscant, it was the result of a crazy idea (people sending pictures of them eating zacusca), but in some weeks we already had 5K followers and got images from 10 different countries, 100 people and one post of ours was seen by 450K people on Facebook. After a while, I buried this project, then started more serious ones. Now I possess around 5-6 serious pages, including @erdely (a page about Transylvania, in Hungarian, sharing fun-facts and pictures about this country in another country – 2K followers), @clujview (picture reposting page about Cluj-Napoca, I am one of the three admins – 5.5K followers), @istvanjkb (my personal account, where I basically share my pictures, twisted thoughts etc.), @romaniablog (one of the most interesting projects I work on: on one hand, it is a picture reposting page, but it also features Romanian bloggers, content providers and other people with a potential succesful career), @hallgatlak  (a Christian thoughts blog – only in Hungarian for now – 1.4K followers), @zacuscant (still could be reactivated  – 4.6 followers) and some other pages (I reserved some accounts having potential names and I manage some Instagram accounts of festivals and associations, but these infos are not a hundred per cent public).

What is your recommendation for a good Photograph? And for a good Design idea?

István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
Now we have millions of people doing these kinds of stuff. Still, everybody should try to find their own way of showing others what we are surrounded by. This world is God’s great gift and there’s a lot more to explore and to be said. Some people just follow the latest trends and some people come up with uncommon, new ideas. We need both kinds.

When and why did you start your Instagram page? What can we find there?

I registered 6 years ago (I think), but I rebuilt it in the last two years. As already mentioned before, it is a mixture of photos and personal thoughts. My posts present almost only the pictures that I take, but the world of my Insta stories is way more complex. There you may find some of my twisted words (sometimes provoking notions – I am not trying to show off, I just need to practice for my future plans and I always liked to express my opinion), other shots, pictures with friends, family or anything that crosses my mind and life.

#BoostingRomania is everywhere in your Instagram descriptions. Tell me more about this project.

István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
It was directly connected to the page @boostingromania, but two weeks ago we transformed it into a greater project: @romaniablog. There are a lot of similar pages, this one was made to connect our other pages we manage together with András Ferencz (@erdely, @ig_transylvania, @promovezbrasov, @clujview, @romaniablog, @targu.mures, @humansoftransylvania, @transylvaniablog, etc.). The new idea of it is much more complex, since it features Romanian creators in every 3rd post on the feed. I think that this page will be a perfect platform for Romanian bloggers (and not only) to present themselves to a large audience.

Favorite place on the planet?

The places where I am together with my family and Barcelona (even though I have never been in Catalonia, I am crazy about FC Barcelona).

I know that you are from Transylvania and you live in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania’s biggest city. What do you like the most about it and why?

István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
I like the energy that young people bring to this city. I enjoy being part of the YMCA Transylvania team, we organize great events, and they are nice guys. Since Christianity is important for me, I also like that there are opportunities in the city to express and grow our faith together (we also have a worshipping band that is special for me).

Which one is your favorite city in Transylvania and what is the best thing you can do here?

I cannot choose. I love Cluj, but it is too loud and fast for me. I also love Tirgu Mures, but the lack of pragmatic intentions in the city disappoint me sometimes. Brasov and Sibiu are beautiful, but Odorheiu Secuiesc seems to have the warmest atmosphere.

Why do you think that one should know about Transylvania?

István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
That the relationship between Romanian and Hungarian people is not bad at all, even though some mass media providers are trying to convince the world that it is.

What do you like the most about people and places from here?

People are open, but this doesn’t mean that they lose the basics of our culture and faith. This is the great thing about Eastern Europe: we still stick to our roots (on every level, fortunately). And our resources? They have huge potential.

A recommendation for a foreign visitor in Transylvania?

Try papanaș.

Occupation: IT student, graphic designer, singing worshipper
Passion: Design, Photography, Christian Music and Social Work
Design portfolio: Click Here
Instagram: www.instagram.com/istvanjkb/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/istvanjkb/

István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
István Jakab - Instagrammer, Graphic Designer, Singing worshipper from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania

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