Professional Experience
Goods that Matter, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2010 - Present

Chief Eternal Optimist, Eco-intelligence, creativity, and innovative philanthropy unite at Goods that Matter: an industrial design & consulting studio based in New Orleans. We design & produce sustainable products that are uniquely focused on raising awareness and funding initiatives that advance social change. A portion of all proceeds flow to causes that impact the health, happiness, and sustainability of our communities both locally and for our neighbors around the world. Matter helps to make the world a better place by creating products and collaborations that matter. ++ We are proud to be the first Benefit Corporation in the state of Louisiana as of August 1, 2012 and in the GOOD 100, 2013!

Tippy Tippens Design, 2004 - Present, NOLA, NYC, RVA
Design Consultant
, Projects include product, furniture, interior, exhibition, wayfinding, lighting, and graphic design (web and print), with a focus on thoughtful, sustainable solutions. Responsibilities include design/art direction, project management, research, and all design processes from conception to completion of the project.

SMBW Architects, Graphic Designer/Marketing, Richmond, Virginia, July 2008 - May 2010
Developed SMBW’s social media platforms and collaboratively designed, organized, and managed two SMBW exhibitions. Created identities, award submissions, and presentations in web and print, working closely with principals.

Kohler Company, Kohler, Wisconsin, November 2005 - April 2008
Industrial Designer II, Department: Faucets, Water Delivery

Conceptualize, develop, and manage multiple projects in faucets, showering, and advanced research. Collaborate with human factors, engineering, marketing, and executive boards to create optimum, innovative, and differentiated solutions. Present projects to Mr. Kohler and VP level. Projects include high end and high volume faucets, showering systems, human interfaces, accessories, storage solutions, blue sky, and strategic water and wellness studies. Also led research groups focusing on materials, trends, the future of water, and new uses for traditional manufacturing processes.

Furniture Design, Since 1996
Design and build furnishings for clients, commissions, and exhibitions.

Pratt Institute, Masters of Industrial Design, Magna Cum Laude, Brooklyn, New York, May 2005
Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Focus in Furniture Design,
Richmond, Virginia, 1996

Selected Publications
GOOD 100: Meet Tippy Tippens, Designing for Social Change
Interview in Climbur, 'Tippy Tippens will inspire you to create'
Interview in InvadeNOLA
Interview aka first date with GivenGoods!
CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts Blogpost on BirdProject Soaps
GOOD Magazine - 'Wish List, Sustainable Gifts', BirdProject, December 2011
Whole Living Magazine - 'Good Giving Guide', BirdProject, December 2011
American Craft - 'Renegade Gifts for the Host', BirdProject, December 2011
PSFK - Transportable Living Spaces, August, 2011
Springwise - BirdProject, July 2011
ecouterre, July, 2011
Coastal Living, ‘Gulf Cleanup’, April, 2011
Audubon Magazine, ‘New Brand of Volunteers’, November print issue and online ‘Volunteers aid rescued Pelicans’, September 2010, April 2011
NBC Washington, ‘Altruistic Celebrate Gandhiwarming '11 (Yes, Really)’, January, 2011
New Orleans City Business, ‘Low Profit a new option for social entrepreneurs’, January, 2011
Washington Post, photo credit “Architecture Review: Beyond Art”,
VMFA expansion and grand opening, Rick Mather + SMBW, pg. C2, May 1 2010
gandhiwarmer: gothamist, high low & in between, streetsy, modern art notes by tyler green, January 2010
Pisa Bookshelf at ICFF & Brooklyn Designs: Core 77, Biz Bash Media, “What’s Fresh Now,” Turf Collective, Mobile ICFF Exhibition:,,, May 2005
Art Papers, Review of Functional Diversity Exhibit, pages 44, 45, July/ August 2000
Inform Architecture + Design, Volume 9 Number 1, pages 20 -25, October 1998

Selected awards, honors, and talks
Adobe Creative Jam, Talk on Public Projects & Creative Entrepreneurship, April 2015
Tulane University, Talks for Design Thinking Courses, April, 2015
Guest Speaker, Americans for Community Design Conference, Detroit, April, 2014
Pecha Kucha Talk, New Orleans, LA, September, 2014
Honored to be in the GOOD 100, one of 100 People pushing the world forward, 2013
Syracuse University, School of Visual Arts, talks on Design & Entrepreneurship, October, 2012
Panelist Social Entrepreneurship, Delta Regional Leadership Institute, December 2011
Speaker, 'Obsessing over the things that matter,' TEDxTU, November 2011
Propeller Fellow, A Force for Social Innovation, New Ventures Accelerator Program, June 2011 - April 2012
Panelist Social Innovation, Second Line Conference, May 2011
Design Within Reach, Best in Show Award, ‘M+D+F’, Adams Morgan, Washington DC, 2009
Syracuse University, Guest Lecturer, presentation of creative process, inspiration, and work, April 2009
Conduit Group National Design Competition Award, Honorable Mention for 'Rear Window Shades,’ August 2005
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship, 2004 - 2003
Pratt Institute Graduate Fellowship, Spring 2003, Fall 2002
Industrial Design Society of America, Gianninoto Scholarship, Fall 2002

Selected Exhibitions/Installations
Matter Goods at the Pavilion, part of the Feast & Social Innovation Week, NYC, NY, October, 2012
gandhiwarmer, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Atlanta, GA, January, 2012
BirdProject at The Front, St. Claude Second Saturday Arts Night, March 2011
gandhiwarmer, DuPont Circle - DC, Union Square - NYC, January 30, 2011 & 2010
Schindler Satellite Gallery, Landscape Photographs, Richmond, Virginia, January, 2010
Assemblage: An evening of Art, Architecture, and Music, SMBW Architects, Richmond, Virginia, 2010, 09', 01'
Design Within Reach, ‘M+D+F’, Best in Show Award, Adams Morgan, Washington DC, 2009
DWR ‘Modern Milwaukee’ I and III, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2007, 2006
John Michael Kohler Art Center, Artspace, “One and Only,” [Photography] Kohler, Wisconsin, 2007
Turf Collective, ICFF events: ICFF, Vitra, Living Spaces, New York, New York, 2005
Brooklyn Designs in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York 2005
i Saloni, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milano, Italia, 2005
Landscape photographs taken by car, train, and foot [solo show] Eggspace, Richmond, Virginia, 2004
Acconci Studio: Pratt Artists Respond, Pratt Institute, Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2003
International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Jacob Javitz Center, New York, New York, 1995, 1994, 1993