Our Founding Story

How two refugees built a design studio based on friendship and shared values.

Est. 2001

From Hyperakt's founding partners, Julia Zeltser and Deroy Peraza:

Our stories share common heartaches: The loss of our homelands, sudden separation from loved ones, growing up around polarized politics, and helplessly seeing our people suffer from afar. They are also stories of hope and opportunity. Coming to the US afforded our families safety and livelihoods, and gave us the possibility to pursue creative careers, and build a successful business aligned to our values – privileges not enjoyed by many who were born here and many whose paths have led them here.

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We believe everyone, regardless of their identity, should be able to safely pursue their dreams without fear. We've dedicated our careers to working with others who feel the same way.
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