I'm Nathan Young,
a UX Designer and entrepreneur.

As a tech geek and an extreme extrovert, I was born to thrive at the intersection between people and technology.  I love collaborating with a team to conduct empathic design through user research, iterate towards effective design solutions, and learn from my peers. I'm a graduating senior at the University of Washington majoring in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) and minoring in Entrepreneurship.


My Projects

My unique combination of HCDE and Entrepreneurship courses have cultivated a strong desire and ability to identify problems through extensive user research before diving headfirst into designing a solution. The following are a collection of some projects I've undertaken throughout my coursework thus far as a senior. 


Physical Computing

Project landline

An exploration in physical computing with the Arduino Uno; a series of embedded systems that communicate wirelessly to perform a complex task.

User-Centered Design

Capitol hill link station

A conceptual public space re-design that takes advantage of a thorough user-centered design process.

Usability Testing

trip planner

Extensive usability testing via heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthrough, and user testing.

Web Development

Quick Foot Data

A website development process that utilizes Python and Google App Engine.


Extra Work

Below are some examples of outside projects or work that was undocumented and therefore lacks substance for a standalone project page. The examples are mostly of visual design mockups and brand guidelines. The gallery showcases my ability to work with mockup applications such as Balsamiq or Adobe Creative Suite (particularly InDesign and Illustrator) and across different mediums (mobile and web).

My Courses

Not all of my coursework is represented in my project pages and mockup gallery.  It may be helpful to review a list of the courses I've completed during my collegiate career to get a better understanding of my academic experience. The courses are categorized and listed below in the order they were completed:

HCDE Major

HCDE 308- Visual Communication and Design
HCDE 318- Intro to User Centered Design
HCDE 310- Interactive Systems Design & Technology
HCDE 300- Foundations of HCDE
HCDE 321- Portfolio
HCDE 322- Organizational Teamwork
HCDE 231- Intro to Technical Communication
HCDE 313- User Research
HCDE 439- Physical Computing
HCDE 417- Usability Research
HCDE 301- Advanced Communication
HCDE 411- Info Visualization
HCDE 451- UX Prototyping Techniques
HCDE 492- Capstone Planning
HCDE 496- Directed Research



Quantitative Methods 201- Statistical Methods
Accounting 219- Accounting Essentials
Economics 200- Intro to Microeconomics
Entre 370- Intro to Entrepreneurship
Entre 372- Social Challenges in Entrepreneurship
Entre 459- Venture Investing
Entre 472/3- Creating a Company I & II


Misc. electives

English 111- Composition
Earth & Space Sciences 106 - Living with Volcanoes
Math 126- Calculus III
Geography 258- Digital Geography
Mechanical Engineering 123- Visualizations and CAD
Atmospheric Sciences 211- Climate Change
Computer Science 142- Programming I
Philosophy 120- Intro to Logic
Astronomy 211- Universe and Change
Psychology 210- Human Sexuality
Music 120- Survey of Music
Near East 201- Ancient Near East