Martin Ryan

Design Innovation

Lecturer
Programme Director

Rye Hall
B - 2nd Floor
(01) 708 6346

Biography

Martin is programme director for the Product Design degree, lecturer and researcher in the Department of Design Innovation and editor of Ireland's only design journal, Iterations. Martin lectures on a number of post graduate programmes and to industry groups on topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, service design and innovation. His research interests centre on Design Thinking and early stage innovation processes.

Outside of academia, Martin is a multi-award winning designer and entrepreneur. In 2012 Martin founded BUA saddles (www.buasaddles.com) – A revolutionary equestrian saddle which he conceived and developed to improve performance and comfort for horse and rider. Bua saddles launched its first product to market in 2015, quickly establishing a customer base in 18 countries. Martin is also a founding Partner at Actionable Innovation consultants (www.thinkactionable.com) and advises on innovation processes, design thinking, [product and service design across a variety of organisational sectors. Over the years Martin has acclaimed a number of awards, notably including, the Irish Dyson Design Award, IDI Graduate Designer Award, and finalist in the International Volvo Sports Design Award. 

Research Interests

Design Thinking, Innovation Strategies, User Centered Design, Early stage innovation processes, Entrepreneurship and startups

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'How Irish design consultancies align with Ireland's Innovation 2020 priorities: a preliminary study'
Kiernan, Alen; Robbins, Peter; Devitt, Frank; Vaugh, Trevor; Ryan, Martin; Koffel, Rachael (2018) 'How Irish design consultancies align with Ireland's Innovation 2020 priorities: a preliminary study'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, (7):18-25 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'Design-driven Entrepreneurship; An interview with four Irish designer-founders'
Ryan, Martin; Vaugh, Trevor (2018) 'Design-driven Entrepreneurship; An interview with four Irish designer-founders'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, (7):36-43 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'Design thinking, the driver of innovation in Irish industry; An interview with Denis Hayes, Managing Director of the IRDG'
Ryan, Martin; Vaugh, Trevor (2018) 'Design thinking, the driver of innovation in Irish industry; An interview with Denis Hayes, Managing Director of the IRDG'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, (7):46-51 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Getting the right design or getting the design right; An observation of 18 projects progressing through a structured design thinking process'
Vaugh, Trevor and Ryan, Martin (2015) 'Getting the right design or getting the design right; An observation of 18 projects progressing through a structured design thinking process'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, 1 (1):14-21 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2017 Unlocking Design Thinking’s Potential
Devitt.F, Ryan.M, Robbins.P, Vaugh.T (2017) Unlocking Design Thinking’s Potential . In: The ISPIM eds. The ISPIM Innovation Summit – Building the Innovation Century Melbourne, Australia, , 10-DEC-17 - 13-DEC-17 [Details]
2014 An Investigation into Design Thinking Behaviours in Early Stage Radical Innovation
Martin P. RYAN and Frank DEVITT (2014) An Investigation into Design Thinking Behaviours in Early Stage Radical Innovation . In: Erik Bohemia, Alison Rieple, Jeanne Liedtka, Rachel Cooper eds. Design Management in an Era of Disruption: Proceedings of the 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference London, , 02-SEP-14 - 04-SEP-14 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Innovating one of the world’s most traditional industries through design thinking: The story of the Bua Saddle.
Martin Ryan (2019) Innovating one of the world’s most traditional industries through design thinking: The story of the Bua Saddle. [Keynote Address], Design Thinking Ireland 2019, Croke Park, Dublin , 25-JUN-19 [Details]
2015 Getting The Right Design.
Martin Ryan, Trevor Vaugh (2015) Getting The Right Design. [Oral Presentation], Faultlines - Bridging Knowledge Spaces, Carlow Institute of Technology [Details]
2014 Design Management in an Era of Disruption.
Martin Ryan (2014) Design Management in an Era of Disruption. [International Refereed Conference], 19th Academic Design Management Conference, London [Details]
2013 Innovation Strategies - How Good Innovations Emerge.
Martin Ryan (2013) Innovation Strategies - How Good Innovations Emerge. [Keynote Address], Design Thinking, Engineers Ireland [Details]
2009 User First Design Seminar.
(2009) User First Design Seminar. [Oral Presentation], The Value of Design in Industry, National College of Art & Design [Details]
2008 International Society of Equitation Science Conference 2008.
(2008) International Society of Equitation Science Conference 2008. [Poster Presentation], Are there advantages to a cantilevered saddle over traditional English and western type saddles?, RDS, Dublin [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
2016 A saddle tree and a method for limiting upward travel of a seat forming element relative to a back engaging element of the saddle tree.
LACEY, W.V. and CONBOY, A. and Ryan, M.P. (2016) A saddle tree and a method for limiting upward travel of a seat forming element relative to a back engaging element of the saddle tree. Technical Publication [Details]
2008 Saddle for an Animal.
Ryan, M.P. (2008) Saddle for an Animal. Technical Publication [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 JEC World Innovation Award 2016, winner JEC Composites
2016 Seedcorn Competition, highly commended Intertrade Ireland
2016 IDI Collaborative Award for Iterations Design & Practice review Institute of Designers of Ireland
2016 Postgrad Ireland 'Best New Course 2016' for the MSc in Design innovation Postgrad Ireland
2007 DuPont 40/40 DuPont
2007 Bombay Sapphire Design Award, runner up Bombay Sapphire
2006 Enterprise Ireland Student Award Enterprise Ireland
2006 Finalist, ISPO Volvo sport Design Award, Munich ISPO
2005 Winner of the Irish Dyson Design Award Dyson
2005 Winner of IDI Graduate Designer Award Institute of Designers of Ireland

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Teaching & Learning committee Member 2014 /

Teaching Interests

PD102/PD152 Design modelling: material and virtual
PD402C Final year individual project proposal
PD402B Final year individual design project
PD608 Applied innovation lab
PD620 MSc Level 9 Masters Dissertation

Previous
PD206 Computer aided design & visualisation 
PD212 Innovating radical products and brands
PD304 Design for environment and sustainability
PD106 Design conceptualisation and model making

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Trevor Vaugh IRELAND