Design Work

EP03 Deroy Peraza — On treating your career as a marathon, not a sprint

Episode Summary

This week I speak to Deroy Peraza, co-founder of Hyperakt, a social impact studio based in Brooklyn. Hyperakt has worked with everyone from Spotify to Amnesty International all through the lens of creating meaningful design for the common good. Deroy fills us in on what it means to be a social impact agency, the influence of baseball cards on his design career and what makes a good side project.

Episode Notes

This week I speak to Deroy Peraza, is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt, a social impact studio based in Brooklyn. Hyperakt has worked with everyone from Spotify to Amnesty International all through the lens of creating meaningful design for the common good. Deroy fills us in on what it means to be a social impact agency, the influence of baseball cards on his design career and what makes a good side project.

With a decade and a half of experience designing brand identities, data visualizations, online experiences and products, Deroy is equal parts designer, entrepreneur and cheerleader. He provides creative and visionary leadership for the Hyperaktivists and is the driving force behind Hyperakt Labs, which creates opportunities for their ideas to flourish.

Deroy was a professor at Parsons the New School for Design during four years and has been a guest lecturer at several prominent art schools and universities. He is an active member of the design community and has given talks for AIGA NY, Type Directors Club, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) and the Visualized Conference. His work has won numerous awards, has appeared in several books and has been recognized in notable publications like The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, The Guardian (UK), Time, Forbes, Corriere della Sera (Italy), Berliner Morgenpost (Germany) and Le Monde (France). Deroy’s work has been featured in museums and galleries in England, Spain, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Brazil and the United States.

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