Martin Francisco


My name is Martin Francisco; I’m a Research Adventurer.

My design starts with curiosity and a clear set of eyes. I love research because I’m there in the thick of it, feet on the ground, with nothing but my wits about me, a camera in one hand and a notepad in another. I immerse myself in others’ lives, discerning between what they do vs what they say, connecting the dots like Sherlock Holmes, but working with the rigor of a scientist, making sure not to skew my findings with bias. I have the ability to bridge that space between qualitative research and design: I love collaborating with designers to make sure products are being created for the right reasons.

During my internships at Karten Design and BMW Designworks, I learned the power of research and strategy is its scope: whether it’s determining the ergonomics of a medical device through observation, or reimagining the future vision for a multinational company.

In my free time my hobby is new hobbies. I make knives, brew beer, cook and whip up new recipes. The drive to learn, consume, and then create is what gives me momentum in life. I’m looking forward to the next adventure just beyond the horizon.

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    Meals on Wheels Pasadena
    September 2015 - October 2015
    Pasadena, CA

    BMW DesignworksUSA
    Research and Strategy Intern
    April 2015 - September 2015
    Newbury Park, CA

    Karten Design
    Design Intern
    September 2014 - December 2014
    Marina del Rey, CA
    Marketing Manager
    March 2010 - May 2012
    Arcadia, CA


    University of California – Davis
    Davis, CA
    Bachelor of Arts, English, 2006

  • Gallery/Exhibit

    Student Gallery
    Oath – Sustainable Insulin system
    Nudge – Discreet Haptic Wearable
    Protex – Football Concussion Helmet


    Student Merit Award
    In recognition of ArtCenter representative

    IDEA Finalist 2015
    In recognition of Oath – Sustainable Insulin system
    May 2015

    IDEA Finalist 2015
    In recognition of Protex – Football Concussion Helmet
    May 2015

    Denhart Sustainability Prize – 1st Place
    Denhart Foundation
    In recognition of Oath – Sustainable Insulin system
    April 2015

    NASF Bright Design Challenge – 1st place
    National Association of Surface Finishers
    In recognition of Loop Touch Lighting
    December 2013

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