Gabe Tippery,  MFA

Gabe Tippery received his Bachelor of Science in Interior Space Design from The Ohio State University in 2009 and his Masters of Fine Arts in Design Research and Development in 2012 from the same university.

Gabe is now the Academic Advisor and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University. His current research interests include Social and New Media Technologies in Studio Based Education, primarily at the Design Foundations level. His Master’s thesis, “Learning to Be in the Digital Era: A Holistic Learning Framework for Design Education” can be found here: Download from Ge.tt (13mb PDF).

In addition to advising and teaching, Gabe is a freelance design consultant, specializing in design for print, web, commercial interiors, interaction, and user-centered & user-experience research. Currently though, he is on an extended sabbatical from freelance work to focus his energies on academic advising.

Gabe is also a Certified Recording Engineer, avid cycling advocate, proponent for an open-source culture, musician, and a committed partner and father.

He also firmly believes that a bio should always be written in third-person.


Hacking the Thesis

Hacking the Thesis was born out of my own struggles writing my MFA thesis. During this process, I was completely overwhelmed with the entire process. To add to that, my thesis project did not go according to my original plan and I am the type of person who plans a lot, so when my plans do not work it tends to send me into a bit of a frenzy. If you would like to read more about my thesis’s “Birth Story” you can.

None the less, I did successfully complete my thesis. In the process, I developed a system that I think can be repeated by others. This system borrows heavily from the productivity methodology laid out by David Allen in his book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, which is really one of the few books you will hear me recommend to just about anyone struggling with… well… getting things done. The Hacking the Thesis methodology also leverages several specific tools and softwares that I believe contributed significantly to the successful completion of my thesis.

After completion of my thesis, my thesis advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Sanders, asked me to speak about my process to her OSU Design 6300 – Exploration in Graduate Design Studies class. The first time I did this, it became apparent that I simply had to much too say about this topic for a single talk. I then decided that it would be beneficial to create some sort of a more shareable resource on this topic. Thus, this site was born.