Hye Jun Youn  윤혜준

My research leverages knowledge of psychology, art and technology both as 1) an analytical methodology to create data-driven user-friendly interfaces, and as 2) inspiration for tactilely-driven artwork to visualize emotion and perception, and enhanced aesthetic and functional opportunities for novel human interactions and experiences.

As a designer, researcher and developer, I hope to pursue research into innovating interactive designs that extend the user experience by enabling the engagement of our various perceptions.  I focus on extending user experience with storytelling and instruction, building toolkits for non-engineers, and developing psyche based artworks with soft robotics, digital fabrication, and human-material interfaces.




Harvard Graduate School of Design
MDes Concentration in Medium, 2023
2 Years of Dean’s Merit Scholarship

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
M.F.A in Digital Media, 2020 
2 Years of Fellowship with Assistantship

New York University
B.S. in Psychology (track in Social Psychology and Perception)
Double Minor in Studio Art / Digital Art and Design
Honors: Dean’s List 2014 - 2018


Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia
Industry, Manufacturing, Energy, May 2022

Harvard Venture Capital, Cambridge, MA
15K Grand Fund, Sep 2021

iF Design Award
Winner, Sep2021

Reddot Design Concept Award, Germany
Winner, July 2021

A’design Awards
Silver Award, April 2021

IDSA Award
Finalist, April 2021

TEI Art and Performance Residency, Salzburg, Austria
One of two selected artists, 2021

HackBrown 2020, Providence, RI
Best Real World Application, 2020

HackHarvard 2019, Cambridge, MA
Best Overall Hack (2nd Place), 2019
Best UX/UI Design, 2019

HackNY 2019, New York, NY
Best Use of Giphy SDK Award, 2019

MIT Hacking Arts 2019, Cambridge, MA
Finalist, 2019



“AuxeticBreath: Changing Perception of Respiration”, Arts Track Exhibition, ACM  Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions (TEI) 2021 

2020 MemorySound: Finding Identity Through Memory, RISD Thesis


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