Hi, I’m Nathan Paterson. Welcome to my personal website. 👋🏼
Intrinsically motivated New Zealand-born designer based in Tokyo, Japan.
Over 15 years in print, web, app, game, product, experience, system, brand, story, organisation, and culture design.
Creative, empathetic, entrepreneurial—practising disciplined innovation with child-like curiosity.
Currently a design lead at IDEO.
Previously, I led design teams at Disney, built a design studio in Tokyo, co-founded an online education startup, and worked with in-house teams and agencies in Tokyo, London, and Auckland.
I’m active on Twitter, Instagram, Medium, and LinkedIn.
I enjoy playing records with friends at intimate gatherings, some of which is on Mixcloud.
I love participating in a thriving design community of students, professionals, and industry leaders.
- Mentor—ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, Sep–Nov 2016
- Design Subject Matter Expert—Coursera, Los Angeles, Jul–Sep 2016
- Panel Member—InVision Design+ Ethics, London, Apr 2016
- Speaker—USC Founders Dinner, Los Angeles, Mar 2016
If you’d like to chat, feel free to send me an email.
Messages in English and Japanese welcome. All others welcome too, but know I’ll be using a translation robot.
A little girl was in a drawing lesson. She was six. The teacher said this girl hardly ever paid attention, and in this drawing lesson, she did. The teacher was fascinated. She went over to her and said, “What are you drawing?” The girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” The teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” The girl said, “They will in a minute.”―Sir Ken Robinson, Do Schools Kill Creativity?