Randy J. Hunt is VP of Design at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers, researchers, writers, and artists creating the end-to-end brand and product experience, both online and off. Randy is also the author of Product Design for the Web, which explores the evolving discipline of product design for today’s connected world. In 2014, Etsy was honored with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Corporate & Institutional Achievement. Since Etsy’s founding in Brooklyn in 2005, the company has been the engine of economic opportunity for creative entrepreneurs around the globe through its markets and services. Today, Etsy supports over 1.7 million shops in nearly every country, and in 2016 alone, these shops sold over $2.84 billion of merchandise.
Before working at Etsy, Randy co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Previously, he founded Citizen Scholar Inc. and worked at Milton Glaser Inc. as well as Number 17. Randy lectures about design, and has been a visiting designer at Parsons, Pratt, Mississippi State, Portland State, and the Hartford Art School. In 2009 he was named a New Visual Artist by Print. Randy is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and received his MFA in design from the School of Visual Arts.
Case study speaker
'What is the real value of design?'
How a design-driven startup proves the importance of design thinking and design doing through hard and soft returns.
The global creative commerce platform Etsy was been founded in 2005. Starting as a small startup, Etsy now already has more than 800 employees. Design is a key part of Etsy’s DNA, but how do you understand and explain the full contribution of design to a business? And why would you do that? At this moment Randy is doing research on the value of design, looking at direct and indirect benefits of design to an organisation. Do you want to know why and how to build a design-driven team or startup? And do you want to know how to measure the impact of being design-driven? Let’s talk about the ROI of design. This is your chance!
Saturday, October 7th, 11:30 am