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Randy Hunt on design at Etsy

Randy Hunt on design at Etsy

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Collaborating with engineering, hiring for humility, and the code debate.In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Randy Hunt, VP of design at Etsy. We talk about the culture at Etsy, why it’s important to understand the materials you are designing with, and why humility is your most important skill. Here are some highlights from our conversation:

The code debate: It’s not about the code
This is a hilarious debate at this point, in my mind. ... I could very confidently get on one side of it with a lot of arguments that I think are quite valid, but you can look at other products, at other organizations, other teams that don't work that way and are also making great products or experiences. It's not like there's one way.
The sentiment in it, though, is that deeply understanding how things are put together, how they function, and why they work, makes you better at making them. I really believe that. I think this is true from a business standpoint. I thi