Tanner M. Young

Tanner M. Young

A former Professor of Art at Brigham Young University–Idaho, Tanner has been an Associate of Al Young Studios since 1997 and a full-time Artist at the Studios since 2010.  Graduating from Brigham Young University in 2010 with a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies, he oversaw multiple research projects in computer vision for statistical analysis of fine artworks, including his capstone research into eye movement, psychovisual perception, and the Book of Kells.

Tanner is a watercolorist, concept artist, calligrapher, typographer, book designer, photographer, and cartographer. He has composed several large-scale orchestral compositions, including a Piano Concerto and Violin Concerto, and is an accomplished pianist and organist.

He has been a regular columnist in the Storybook Home Journal since 2007, primarily writing about music, musicology, art history, and Asian cultural history, and he has been the publication's senior copy editor since 2011 and its senior designer since 2020. He has also been a book designer for several children's books.

His hobbies are linguistics, mathematics, physics, animation, and gaming. He is fluent in English, German, French, and Japanese; he is receptively multilingual, literate, or functional in Italian, Dutch, Latin, Spanish, Danish, Romansch, Swedish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Korean. He is also an avid DIYer, maker, programmer, chef and confectioner.

Since 2006, Tanner has overseen all technological aspects of the Studios. Between 2007 and 2014, Tanner volunteered at and worked with Mozilla as a Quality Assurance Technician and Firefox Developer; he continues to do volunteer software work on occasion.

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