Martin graduated in 2005 with a first class honours degree in Industrial Design jointly awarded by the National College of Art & Design and University of Limerick. Since graduating he has gained recognition in design by winning the Irish Dyson Design Award, IDI Graduate Designer Award, and reached the final 10 in the world for the Volvo Sports Design Award. He first worked in new product development with LED Group, a leading producer of lighting solutions in Europe under the ROBUS brand, where he managed projects from concept to early production in China. In 2007 he was awarded a position on the M50 enterprise programme. Working out of Nova UCD, he pursued commercialisation of his new-patented saddle design. In 2008 he was invited back as a guest lecturer at NCAD and worked as a freelance designer before joining the Department of Design and Innovation at NUI Maynooth in 2008.