Martin Ryan

Design Innovation

Lecturer
Programme Director

Rye Hall
B - 2nd Floor
(01) 7086346

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. After graduating from NCAD in 2005 he first worked in new product development with LED Group, a leading producer of lighting solutions in Europe under the ROBUS brand, managing projects from concept through to early production in China. Martin has also experience in the design of homeware consumables, sports equipment and industrial equipment in a consultancy function. In 2012 he founded www.buasaddles.com, a company servicing the equestrian industry based on a new technology, raised start up capital and established a leadership team. Since joining Maynooth Martin regularly guest lectures on a number of master programmes and to industry groups on topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, service design and innovation. To date Martin has acclaimed a number of awards in design and entrepreneurship, notably including the Irish Dyson Design Award, IDI Graduate Designer Award, and finalist in the International Volvo Sports Design Award. His research interests centre on Design Thinking as a mediator of Innovation in SMEs.

Research Interests

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

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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]
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: ISPIM eds. The ISPIM Innovation Summit – Building the Innovation Century Melbourne, Australia, , 10-APR-17 - 13-APR-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]
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
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]
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. [Oral Presentation], 19th Academic Design Management Conference, London [Details]
2014 Design Management in an Era of Disruption.
Martin Ryan (2014) Design Management in an Era of Disruption. [Oral Presentation], 19th Academic Design Management Conference, London [Details]
2013 Innovation Strategies - How Good Innovations Emerge.
Martin Ryan (2013) Innovation Strategies - How Good Innovations Emerge. [Oral Presentation], Design Thinking, Engineers Ireland [Details]
2013 Innovation Strategies - How Good Innovations Emerge.
Martin Ryan (2013) Innovation Strategies - How Good Innovations Emerge. [Oral Presentation], 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 /

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 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