Shawn Young

Shawn Young (Fredericksburg, VA | March 13, 2017)
March 12, 2018. Oddbox Studios, Fredericksburg, VA. Photo by Mats Jerndal.


I'm a graphic designer and writer based in the Virginia Beach, Virginia. This site contains information about my work, side interests and background, as well as ways to contact me.

What's New?

As of December 2017, I'm working on completing the writing projects that I've been working on the past few years, as well as doing web and graphic design on a freelance basis. The book by former Waikiki beachboy Barry Napoleon, which I published in the summer of 2017, is now available on I've also been blogging sunrises from Virginia Beach. You can contact me if you are interested in design services, and see what I'm up to on a somewhat day-to-day basis on my Instagram account. Read below for more about what I do.

graphic designer and web developer

Graphic Design and Web Development

I provide graphic design, web design, marketing and consulting services. You can have a look at some of my work in my design portfolio, which is located on this site.

Working at coffee shop writing design


I'm primarily interested in nonfiction subjects dealing with Polynesian history and wilderness. Currently, I'm editing the oral autobiography of Kawika Kapahulehua, the late captain of the Hokulea during its historic modern voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti and back in 1976. You can learn about this and other projects through the Writing section of this site.

The Sunrise Shack on Kam Hwy, Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu


I occasionally write about things I'm interested in. This includes product reviews and travel. Click in to see what's new.

shirts, art, jewelry store

Supply Room / Store

A selection of items that intersect with my work. T-shirts, books, art, artifacts…

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