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Employee Highlight: Sarah Faulkner

By Emily Zalla

WHAT IS YOUR POSITION HERE AT HYPERQUAKE?

I am part of the amazing design team here at Hyperquake!

WHEN DID YOU START WORKING AT HYPERQUAKE?

I started at Hyperquake as a co-op in May of 2013 … and never left haha. So it has been about 2 and half years (wow).

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?

I was born in Cincinnati and raised in good ol’ Walton, Kentucky.

WHAT HOBBIES OR PASSIONS DO YOU HAVE?

I absolutely love bookmaking, letterpress, design, cooking, watching Netflix (yes, I consider that a hobby now) and taking care of my dog, Herman (a.k.a Herman the German, Bully Dog Herman, Mr. Melville, etc. the list can go on forever).

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, T.V. SHOWS, AND MOVIES?

This is a tough question to answer because my favorites change all the time … so I would have to say my favorite musicians would be Andrew Bird, Sylvan Esso, Bob Dylan, Dave Rawlings Machine, Gillian Welch, Elton John, Nico, The Velvet Underground, Skeeter Davis (a couple of my closest friends are her great nieces which is pretty neat). Also, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack is pretty awesome (no shame).

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET INTO YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

I actually grew up around design because my dad was a creative director for over 20 years. So a lot of my childhood consisted of me weirdly sitting in brainstorms and meetings (when I was in elementary school) with my dad, joining in on the fun so I could get candy for participating. I absolutely loved every minute of it and I have always known that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I also had a lot of other great influences in my life that led me to this point. My boyfriend Michael, who is currently studying for his master’s in sculpture at OU, has always been there to push me and help me grow as a person and with my work, My parents and sister who have always been incredibly supportive and an amazing group of students and professors at NKU. I wouldn’t be able to do what I love to do every day if it weren’t for these people. I am very thankful for them 🙂

WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CLIENTS YOU’VE WORKED WITH IN YOUR CAREER AND WHY?

My favorite clients that I have worked with so far in my career would have to be the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and the team in the Heritage Center at P&G. All of these clients bring a lot of great character into a trusting and fun collaboration where the work has always been awesome. I have learned a lot from working with them.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AT HYPERQUAKE?

I don’t think I can pick just one thing! Overall, my entire experience at Hyperquake has been amazing. Each and every person here is dedicated, loving and all around wonderful. Every time I go to work I feel like I am being welcomed by a giant family. It is really great 🙂

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF PROJECTS?

I love projects that allow me to bring forward an artistic approach or a dimensional aspect to the work. Being able to introduce interactivity with textures and actual physical contact/motion without a screen are very exciting to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a well-designed app or website, but there is something that can’t be replaced when you introduce physical things into an installation or design.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Everything. People, objects I see, shows I watch, things I see on the internet, conversations I have…anything. There is always something to be found in the everyday that can be applied to anything. We all just need to be willing to pay attention enough to see it and use it.

I also think it is really important to look for inspiration in areas that aren’t necessarily related to your field or the current problem you are trying to solve. I usually become the most inspired when I look in an unexpected place.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT?

I feel like my list of things I want to learn more about is ever-changing, almost to an overwhelming degree. I can’t pick just one thing … when there are a lot of things to be inspired by, it makes it hard to narrow in and focus. This can be a struggle at times, but honestly, I wouldn’t really have it any other way!

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