Q & A: Etsy’s VP Design Randy Hunt Discusses Super-powers and Autonomous Cars

We’re excited to introduce you to Randy Hunt. He’s presenting ‘From Lascaux to Snapchat: Design for a Complex World’ on September 28 at Central Library in Virginia Beach. We recently sat down with Randy to talk about his day-to-day work and play.

AIGA HR: What would you be doing if you didn’t have a career in design?

RH: You know, this answer has really changed over time. I see the world through the lens of design, so I think anything I did would still feel like a career in design. I’ve become increasingly interested in the built environment and hospitality as design experiences. Maybe something like a partner in a restaurant or hotel. I say partner, because at this point I’ve learned that my super-powers are unleashed when working with others.

AIGA HR: How do you spend your time when not working?

RH: Walking my dogs listening to my favorite audio books and podcasts. My wife and I really try to make the most of our days in the city with movies, concerts, culinary experiences. When I’m not doing that, I’m spending time doing renovations and decorating. A fun way to get design kicks in the process and then get to experience the outcome very directly.

AIGA HR: What is the most exciting thing you’ve done within the last year?

RH: Personally: Simply spending quality time with my wife. It’s always great. Probably dinner at outdoor cafés this summer with the pups.
Recreationally: I drove – or rather rode along – on 80+ continuous miles of highway driving in an autonomous car. The future is here. I can’t believe how that gets in your bones. I physically felt different, and still have a childlike sense of wonder about it.
Professionally: We just completed a major exercise to articulate a brand architecture for Etsy, that’s now influencing numerous key initiatives. I’m really proud of this body of work and everyone that’s contributed to it.

AIGA HR: What do you hope attendees will take away from your presentation?

RH: Design is truly everywhere. In our complex world, we can navigate that complexity and make it more approachable and understandable with design. The opportunity for designers to make an impact is more expansive than it as ever been. It’s an awesome opportunity and responsibility.

AIGA HR: How can we follow your work and get in touch with you?

RH: I’m @randyjhunt on Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow the Etsy Design team at @etsydesign on Twitter. My Etsy shop is Average Order Value. My personal site at randyjhunt.com is a light-weight hub of activity, and my book Product Design for the Web can be found on Amazon.

What: From Lascaux to Snapchat: Design for a Complex World
Where: Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA, 23452
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

There are still a few spots left — so register today!

By aigahamptonroads
Published September 19, 2016