Meet the Herd: Say Hello to Daniel

People & Culture
Daniel Haire

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at Yik Yak? If you’ve ever watched the TV show Silicon Valley, you’re probably familiar with startup company culture, like ping pong tables (yep), couches (on one right now), and slides from one floor to another (sigh, not quite yet), but there’s one thing that makes every startup unique: the employees!

So, we thought it would be fun to introduce you guys to some of the awesome people who work at Yik Yak.

In our new ‘Meet the Herd’ blog series, we’ll introduce you to a new Yik Yak employee every other week, and let them tell you a little about themselves and what it’s like working at Yik Yak. You may be surprised to find out that some us have really unique hobbies, talents, and dreams.

With that being said, I’d like to introduce you to Daniel Haire, our Brand Designer.

Daniel is the creative brain behind the pull-to-refresh animations (aka the cool illustration that spins or wiggles when you refresh the app). He also designs all of our brand assets, from the funky Yik Yak swag you love (socks!), to character Yaks, to pretty much everything we share on our social media accounts.

If it wasn’t apparent to you already, I could probably go on for days about why Daniel is such a talented person and fantastic co-worker, so let’s just dive into Daniel’s Q&A.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about working at Yik Yak?
A. CORNY ANSWER ALERT: The people. I think that’s what initially attracted me to Yik Yak. After my first sit down with a few folks from the team it became abundantly clear to me that this company was full of passionate doers. An unlimited supply of free gummy snacks is a close runner up.

Q. Where did you attend college and what was the most useful thing you learned?
A. I went to Kennesaw State University somewhere between 2007-2011. Of all the nifty knowledge I had the pleasure of stuffing in my head, nothing was more useful than learning how to manage my time.

Before going to school, I had the same time management skills as the rest of my peers, that is, I got tasks done when I felt like it and most things never got finished. Learning how to juggle and dominate multiple projects in 5 classes is a scholastic feat deserving of a month long pizza and ice cream party.

Q. What are your hobbies outside of work?
A. Pretending I know how to read tarot cards, building impermanent environmental sculptures, stargazing, cooking all of the foods, oddity hunting, illustrating, not exercising, exploring, and excessive daydreaming.

Q. What inspired you to work as a designer?
A. I don’t think I was ever inspired to become a designer, it’s just kinda hardwired into my DNA. I guess I could blame my insatiable Lego obsession as a child.

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A. Producing music. One of my only regrets in life is that I never learned how to create my own tunes. I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t have any musical fluids flowing through my brain.

Sure, I’ll join an inviting drum circle every now and then, but that’s because my graceless slaps are usually drowned out by everyone else’s rhythmic thuds. Eventually I’ll get around to learning how to produce electronic music so I can finally get my ghostwave band off the ground.

Q. What songs are included in the soundtrack to your life?
A. Watching the Planets — The Flaming Lips Road to Nowhere — Talking Heads Wham City — Dan Deacon Randy Described Eternity — Built to Spill A.M. 180 — Grandaddy Anti-Anti — Snowden Staying Alive — Cursive Plus anything categorized as witch house, castle step, gloomcore, scaretronic, tropical goth, or ghostwave.

Q. What’s your personal mantra?
A. Overthink everything.

Q. Who’s the funniest person in the office?
A. Whoever is currently in control of the telepresence robot.

Q. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
A. Giant hamster, assuming I have access to a giant hamster ball.

Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to learn about Daniel! Now, should you ever run into him on the street, you might be able to bond with him over your mutual love for gloomcore music, oddity hunting, or your childhood affinity for legos.