While studying graphic design at Liverpool Polytechnic Young became interested in animation as a fine art form and as a vehicle for the expression of subjective thought processes. Thin Blue Lines, her BA graduation film, records her experiences of the Liverpool 8 uprising, (the 'Toxteth riots').
At the Royal College of Art she specialised in animation, developing a distinctive style characterised by the use of bold colour and a fluid calligraphic line, best seen in Carnival, her MA graduation film. After leaving the RCA she directed award-winning animated commercials, title sequences and promos. During this period she focused on developing a sense of dynamic movement within her animation, and on the creative use of metamorphosis. This led to a series of commissions related to music, including a promo for Jimi Hendrix’ Fire, and collaborations with artists such as David Byrne on Beleza Tropical and labels including Island Records and Island Visual Arts, for whom she directed titles for the Bob Marley feature documentary Time Will Tell. She has also directed titles for major sporting events such as the World Cricket series and TWI’s American Football/The Big Match, which received a BAFTA nomination.
Young has recently returned to the Royal College of Art, where she is conducting research into animation's potential as a creative therapy for people suffering from psychological trauma.