Robyn Kanner

Frank Stanton Chair in Graphic Design (Fall 2018)

Robyn Kanner is a writer and designer who specializes in storytelling and building scalable systems. She’s currently a Senior Designer at Etsy where she works with a team of designers, product managers, and engineers to build delightful experiences.

Robyn co-founded and designed MyTransHealth which is a resource designed to help trans people gain access to quality healthcare. This work was recognized by The White House under the Obama Administration, written about in Buzzfeed, The Verge, and Business Insider, and subsequently led her to speak at DesignWeek PDX, AIGA’s National Conference, and Creative Mornings.

Over her career, she has been a designer at Amazon, New Balance, and Staples, written for publications including NYMag’s The Cut, Bustle, and Mic, and has designed albums while touring in vans.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.