Zoe Platt-Young
Design + Strategy


About Me


About Zoe

Kia Ora, I'm Zoe. I'm a designer drawn to research, with a passion for understanding how people interact with the world via digital products, and how these mediums can enable people in their daily lives. 

Specialisations include prototyping, illustration, design and user experience research, and user centered design. I am currently studying towards a Master of Human Interface Technology and would love to connect and hear your perspectives! You can find me on Linked In and the Interaction Design Foundation:



[Current] Master of Human Interface Technology, HIT Lab New Zealand, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Expected completion August 2018.

My thesis uses human-centered design methodology to assist in the design of a game prototype for a cultural-linguistic group, with the aim of augmenting social communication strategies. It employs qualitative analysis methods such as focus groups, semi-structured interviews and observational field studies to develop personas and scenarios. Artefacts produced are validated with stakeholders representative of the eventual users of the designed product. 

[2015] Front End Web Development (CSS and HTML, introduction to some UX principles, some Javascript), General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia. 

[2012] Bachelor of Design Innovation, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Major: Culture and Context Design. Minor: Sociology.

My Major of Culture and Context was predominantly concerned with a consideration of the use context of a design and of the end users of design, and included papers in photography for design, design ethnography (wherein ethnographic practices such as observational field studies were introduced), design history and analysis of the role of design in creating, embodying, and disseminating meaning and ideology. 

Within my Minor of Sociology, my primary research interests were social change processes and ideology of social movements, sociology of knowledge and individual research into emergent visual and multi-media social movements such as culture jamming. 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/zoe-platt-young

See creative examples from the design section of this site.