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Hyperakt is an independent NYC design firm with a passion for creating work that effects change in the world around us: meaningful design for the common good.


By having a bigger purpose, it just might be that
Hyperakt's building a 21st century design studio:
the crucible of big, world-changing ideas.
- Harvard Business Review

Hyperakt works with clients who fight for justice,
celebrate culture and diversity, spread knowledge
and engage in social entrepreneurship.

Hyperaktivists


From Brooklyn with Love

Hyperakt's founding principals Deroy Peraza and Julia Vakser lead a tight-knit team with varied expertise and a passion for design.

  • Deroy Peraza

    Deroy Peraza

    Principal + Creative Director

    @deroyperaza on twitter
    Deroy Peraza was born in Havana, Cuba. He has a BFA from Parsons the New School of Design and is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt.

    Deroy loves working at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship and design, and relentlessly searches for meaningful challenges. He loves juggling vastly different projects, such as data visualizations, brand identities, website interfaces and inventing products such as ChampsRing.com and LetsSwap.it. His role at Hyperakt is to provide creative and visionary leadership and mentorship for the Hyperaktivisits, as well as being a hands on designer.

    Deroy taught at Parsons for four years and regularly speaks about design. He has lived in five countries and loves to travel. A die-hard FC Barcelona fan, Deroy currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jenna and son Luco.
  • Julia Vakser Zeltser

    Julia Vakser Zeltser

    Principal + Creative Director

    @juliavakser on twitter
    Julia is a partner and creative director of Hyperakt. With over 10 years of design experience in print, brand development and interactive media, Julia has been instrumental in establishing Hyperakt's visual voice over the years.

    Julia leads a multi-disciplinary team of designers in a wide range of assignments. She develops and executes the company's business strategy and is also intimately involved with client projects. Julia has advised clients such as ACLU and UNICEF to establish their various program identities and extend their brand in print and interactive media. Julia initiated and leads Lunch Talks at Hyperakt: a monthly event to ignite collaboration and idea-sharing among the design community. Additionally, she received accolades from organizations such as Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and How Magazine for her design and illustration work.

    Julia was born in Ukraine and graduated from Parsons The New School of Design in New York.
  • Ambika Roos

    Ambika Roos

    Project Manager

    Ambika moved to New York after graduating from Brown University in 2011. Through her studies, she explored her ability to effect positive social change through architecture, design, urbanism, and international development.

    At Hyperakt, she helps guide strategy and planning for each of the studio's exciting projects. With a meticulous attention to detail, she manages the relationships with Hyperakt's clients, and ensures a seamless strategy, design, development, and communication process.

    Ambika currently lives in Brooklyn, where she spends her free time cultivating her love of printmaking, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the city.
  • Eric Fensterheim

    Eric Fensterheim

    Designer

    Eric was born and raised in the suburbs of Metuchen, New Jersey. With more free time than he knew what to do with, Eric took to Adobe Photoshop at an early age. His love for the program eventually lead him to Boston where he studied Graphic Design at Northeastern University. Through the guidance of an unforgettable teaching staff, Eric developed a passion for information graphics, animation, and really everything in between.

    Eric currently resides in Brooklyn and loves coming in to work every day with the amazing people at Hyperakt. In his free time he enjoys playing with friends, browsing Reddit, and listening to Radiohead. He hopes to one day come up with an original website concept that can be enjoyed by the world.
  • Jason Lynch

    Jason Lynch

    Art Director

    Jason moved to Brooklyn from Denver, Colorado five years ago to study Communication Design at the School of Visual Arts. A talented craftsman and designer, Jason thinks out of the box to push our collective learning and expand our vocabulary. Jason loves doing outdoorsy things but hates getting dirty. He lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend Robin, a funny nurse with lots of gory work stories.

    Jason handles a wide range of design tasks, from logo design to print collateral and website design, and is involved in all phases of our projects, from concept development to production and pre-press. Jason solves the puzzles of our projects through meticulous patience. He exhausts every possible angle, solution and idea to be sure that our end result is unique and accomplishes the mission.
  • Josh Smith

    Josh Smith

    Art Director

    Josh Smith is the creator and curator of Newswordy, co-founder of the design blog idsgn, a board officer for the New York chapter of AIGA and glad to be part of the Hyperakt team, where he can use design to create positive impact.

    Born in Nova Scotia, Josh worked in Canada as a graphic designer and environmental designer before moving to New York City and expanding his area of focus to branding. Since then he has continued exploring multiple facets of the design field, including web design, packaging, product design, data visualization, and design writing. His work has been recognized by the AIGA: 365 awards, Brand New Awards, One Show, among others. He holds a BFA with honors and distinctions from the Alberta College of Art and Design.
  • Margaux Le Pierrès

    Margaux Le Pierrès

    Designer

    A native Montrealer, Margaux moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue her BFA in Communication Design at FIT. After graduating in 2013, she is happy to be working at Hyperakt to use her design skills to provoke positive change.

    Prior to her time at Hyperakt, Margaux developed her passion for the creative process, design thinking and data visualization during her experiences working at design firms in Montreal and Paris. Her work has been recognized by D&AD and the Type Directors club.

    Margaux enjoys traveling, cooking, four o'clock treats. In her free time, she works on giving small brands a visual voice through her creation, The Martian Project.

  • Mary McCormick

    Mary McCormick

    Studio Manager

  • Radhika Unnikrishnan

    Radhika Unnikrishnan

    Designer

    Radhika is a visual communicator currently residing in Brooklyn. Born and raised in the faraway land of Kentucky, she uses both her background in psychology from Emory University and her MS in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute to communicate to the largest audience she can reach.

    Radhika was lucky enough to discover her passion for design in college, and came to New York almost 3 years ago with one goal: design for good. At Hyperakt, she does just this, and loves collaborating, being challenged, and problem solving with the wonderful team in Brooklyn.
  • Wen Ping Huang

    Wen Ping Huang

    Designer

    Wen Ping was born in Guang Dong, China. She moved to America with her family in 2004, filled with curiosity and anxiety. While studying furniture design in China, she developed an interest in graphic design because of its ability to bring out the beauty in everything. After graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology in 2011, Wen Ping joined the Hyperakt team.

    A skilled craftsman, Wen Ping is not only interested in 2-D visual work but also 3-D projects in various media, including: paper, wood, and vinyl toys. She has an eye for illustration and icon design and is extremely meticulous at her craft. She loves contrasts and tensions – color vs. black and white; soft vs. hard textures; traditional vs. modern arts – all of which influence her design perspective.

    Wen Ping is constantly searching for devouring inspiration to keep herself motivated and up-to-date. She is thrilled that her professional journey began at Hyperakt where she can absorb different influences and new experiences.

Services

Let's Get to Work

Let's create brave, transparent brands with clarity of purpose, brands that attack the most complex problems of our time and empower everyone to participate in their solution.

We Love Do Gooders

Social responsibility, justice and entrepreneurship are at our core. There is nothing more rewarding for designers than solving complex visual communication problems that can improve people's lives. Let's push the world forward.

    Non-Profit Brands View Work

    People. Planet. Profit.

    Now more than ever, global brands are recognizing they have a new standard to uphold. No one is in a better position to effect positive change than they are. Let's show there is a new, socially responsible way of doing business.

      Global Brands View Work

      Enlightened Startups

      New products and services live and die by design. Let's make something that people fall in love with and can't live without!

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        The Studio

        The Magic Happens Here

        Our Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn studio is our little oasis in New York City. The space is designed for constant collaboration. The backyard is all about lunchtime barbeques, movie screenings and gatherings. Check out the Hyperakt Photostream for more.