Martins holds a PhD in Digital Media (2013) at the
University of Porto, as a doctoral fellow of the UT
Austin-Portugal Program of the Foundation for Science
and Technology. In 2020 he completed a post-doctoral
degree in Design. His research work has focused on
Design for digital media, with particular interest in
the study of digital solutions for the citizen, namely
community networks and practices. He also holds a MA in
Multimedia Art (2007) and a BA in Communication Design
(2003) at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of
Porto. In 2002, during his undergraduate degree, he was
a fellow of the Socrates / Erasmus Program, having
studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy - Hogeschool
Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
He is currently Adjunct Professor at the School of
Design (ESD) of the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and
Ave (IPCA) and Director of the MA in Digital Design.
Since 2008, he lectures at IPCA in the BA in Graphic
Design and in the MA in Digital Design. He was
responsible for the creation and reformulation of
several courses in IPCA, namely the creation of the
Digital Design Master; Coordinator of the Scientific
Area of Communication Design (2014-2021); and Director
of the Graphic Design degree (2016-2017).
He is an Integrated Researcher of the Research Institute
for Design, Media and Culture (ID+), regularly
participating in scientific conferences and publishing
in international scientific journals in the field of
Communication Design and Digital Design.
He is the Founder and Chair of DIGICOM - International
Conference on Design & Digital Communication
(http://digicom.ipca.pt); and Co-Chair of International
Conference on Human Dynamics and Design for the
Development of Contemporary Societies, conference track
of AHFE (USA). His main research areas are Design for
Digital Media; Communication Design; Digital Design;
Interface Design; Graphic Design; and Identity Design.
He has won numerous awards, namely: 3 Graphis Gold Award
(2021, 2015 and 2014, USA); 2 Graphis Silver Award (2020
and 2014, USA); 1st prize - Mascot of the Oceanário of
Lisbon; 1st prize - Mascot of the Water Pavilion of
Porto; 1st prize - Porto Digital logo; 1st Prize "Winner
Online" in the contest Webdesign 2004, promoted by
ESTAL; and 1st Prize in the Contest "Papies 2006"
(category "Papies of the Internet).
Some of his design projects are published in over twenty
books on Communication Design, published in Hong Kong,
Germany, Spain, USA, Austria, Netherlands, France, China