Randy J. Hunt

Design leader, creative director, author.


Head of Design at Artsy.


As VP Design at Etsy, I built and led the team of designers, researchers, writers, and strategists building web products and creating brand experiences online and off. In 2014, we were honored with the National Design Award.

During that time, I wrote Product Design for the Web, which you just might enjoy.


Co-founded and designed Supermarket with Ryan Deussing (left in 2010, sold in 2013).


Founded Citizen Scholar Inc., as a design practice. Created websites, identities, packaging, signage, and communications for environmental and arts non-profits, artists, educators and the rare global brand. Today it’s an umbrella for consulting and a collection of self-initiated creative projects.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Anchorage Design Week

September 10-16, 2018
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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In/Visible Talks

January 17, 2019 San Francisco, California, United States

Recent Speaking Engagements


May 29-30, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Designation Conference

April 7–8, 2018
New York, NY
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University of Texas at Austin

March 22, 2018
Austin, Texas

Abilene Christian University

March 20, 2018
Abilene, Texas

Rutgers University

January 24, 2018

Yale School of Management

November 14, 2017

Service Design Days

What’s Design Worth?
October 6 & 7, 2017
Barcelona, Spain
the worksheet template shared during talk


September 15-17, 2017
Fishkill, New York

IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America) International Conference.

Keynote: An Inspiring Total Experience August 16—18, 2017
Atlanta, GA

AIGA Orlando

We Can Make Anything
April 10, 2017
Orlando, FL

UCF Celebrates the Arts

A Career in the Arts, panel discussion
April 9, 2017
Orlando, FL

O'Reilly Design Conference

Fireside chat with Etsy CTO John Allspaw
March 22, 2017
San Francisco, CA


Fireside chat with Lara Hanlon, IBM Design
February 18, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

Creative Mornings NYC

Our Fantasy
November 18, 2016
Brooklyn, NY

ACU Visiting Designer

All That Design Is
October 25th, 2016
Abilene, TX

AIGA Hampton Roads

What if?
September 28, 2016
“Hampton Roads”, VA

Prototypes, Process & Play

Fireside Chat
August 11-12, 2016
Chicago, IL

HOW Design Live

From Lascaux to Snapchat: The Modern Designer’s Toolkit
May 12-23, 2016
Atlanta, GA
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Creative Leaders Retreat

October 28-30, 2015
San Diego, CA
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Delve: Product

October 7-8, 2015
Brooklyn, NY
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Made By Few

October 2–3, 2015
Little Rock, AK
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Dallas Dribbble Meet-Up

at OvenBits
June 26, 2015
Dallas, TX
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Two5Six Conference

May 15-17, 2015
Brooklyn, NY
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How Design Live

May 4–8, 2015
Chicago, IL
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The College of New Jersey

March 4, 2015

AIGA Denver

Making, Marking, and Other Pursuits September 15, 2014 Denver, Colorado

GIANT Conference

June 11-14, 2014 Charleston, South Carolina more info

MoMA R&D Salon

The Object, Online. May 20, 2014 New York, New York

Cornell Tech

Learning Data-Informed Design May 6, 2014 Cornell Tech New York, New York more info

Re:Design UXD Confrence

Data-Informed Design April 28, 2014 Brooklyn, New York

AIGA Charlotte

Making, Marking, and Other Pursuits April 17, 2014 Charlotte, North Carolina

NJ Tech Meet-Up

December 14, 2013

New Hampshire Institute of Art

December 5, 2013 Manchester, New Hampshire

InSource Panel

Frenemies! A Panel Discussion on the In-House/Agency Relationship November 14, 2013 New York, NY more info

AIGA National Design Conference

October 10-12, 2013 Minneapolis, Minnesota more info

Design Week Portland

October 7-12, 2013 more info

AIGA Austin

September 2013

AIGA San Antonio

September 2013

Design Founder Meetup

Building Marketplaces May 8, 2013 Meetup HQ New York, NY more info

Design + Startup Series

Eight Ways We Listen at Etsy IDEO & First Round Capital April 25, 2013 New York, NY


Rinse & Repeat: Principles of Product Design at Etsy April 10, 2013 New York, NY

Meet the Pros

NYC College of Technology Design at Etsy with Jeremy Perez-Cruz April 8, 2013 Brooklyn, NY

DesignThinkers 2012

November 8-9, 2012 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hello Etsy at Dutch Design Week

Shared Economy, panel moderator October 27, 2012 Eindhoven, Netherlands presented by Etsy

Emerce Eday

Guest Speaker October 25, 2012 Rotterdam, Netherlands

Say: Create

Speaker, A Path to Total Design September 11, 2012 Carmel, CA

Digital Buffet Experience Day

Keynote Speaker, Total Design at Etsy June 14, 2012 New York, NY presented by General Assembly

2012 SEGD Conference: The Bridge

Panel, Jumpstart: Concept to Reality on Saturday June 9. June 7-9, 2012 New York, NY more info


May 31, 2012 Brooklyn, NY A conference from Digital DUMBO on music, design, fashion and food. more info

MAS/DUMBO Career Talk

April 30, 2012 Brooklyn, NY Miami Ad School

Etsy, Local Artists, and Technology

April 26, 2012, 7:30pm Santa Monica, CA Host & Panel Moderator Apple Store Third Street Promenade


April 13-14, 2012 Madrid, Spain more info

NYU Startup Week Roundtables

March 27, 2012, 6-8pm NYU Stern 44 W 4th St. more info

Life After SVA: Products & Commerce

March 22, 2012 New York City SVA MFA Design Guest Lecture more info

Are We in a Post-Consumer Age? How E-Commerce is Blurring the Lines between Creator and Consumer

February 14, 2012, 12-2pm New York City Panel Discussion Video (partial panel discussion)

Etsy, Local Artists, and Technology

January 28, 2012, 2pm Chicago Host & Panel Moderator Apple Store North Michigan Avenue

Etsy, Local Artists, and Technology

January 7, 2012, 2pm New York City Host & Panel Moderator Apple Store Soho

Warm Gun Design Conference

December 2, 2011 San Francisco, CA Speaker:Design for Continuous Deployment. Hell yes. official site

Future of Web Design

New York, NY November 7-8, 2011 Speaker: The Future of Branding

Dutch Design Week

Eindhoven, Netherlands October 22-30, 2011 Workshop:Storytelling. Storyselling. Speaker Judge

Appsterdam: Meet the Makers 2

Delft, Netherlands October 26, 2011 Speaker

PICA Conference

Banff, Alberta, Canada May 1-3, 2011 Speaker:Design Patterns

New Jersey Art Director’s Club

New York, NY March 19th, 2011 Judge

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