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About Martin Designs & Doyle Martin

Picture of Doyle Martin founder and principle of Martin Designs. Hello and thank you for stopping by. My name is Doyle Martin and I am the founder, principle, lead designer, head cook and bottle washer here at Martin Designs. When you get right down to it, I am Martin Designs and the company is me. So why should you do business with me, well, please read on and I'll try to share my thoughts and experiences with you so you'll know what your getting into.

I'm a 25+ year veteran of the entertainment industry. It almost hurts to say that. I've reached the point where I've been a part of the lighting and entertainment industries longer than I've been involved with any other single thing in my life. In all those years I've done a whole lot of lighting and staging as well as quite a few other things. Here is a quick run down of non-lighting related things I've done in my career. I've run sound for corporate meetings and events as well as once mixed monitors for a popular regional act in the mid to late 80's (Brave Combo was the name of the band - I think they are still around). Early in my career I worked pretty extensively as a projectionist working on all kinds of film projectors (16mm & 35mm) as well as setting up and programming 35mm slide shows with as many 30 projectors. I also learned early on how to set up and use the early video projectors such as the Sony 1020Q (& 2020Q) and the GE5055 as well as such high tech projectors as the electrohome green gun (for computer projection in monochrome). I've set up overhead projectors and wrestled flip charts (thankfully not a lot) as well as run AV for meeting rooms and convention floors. All good experience, but much of which I haven't been active in for quite some time. Hell, much of the older technology isn't even used in the business anymore. Not a whole lot of call for AVL programmers these days (and if you know what that is, you are, indeed, old).

In the fields of lighting and staging I've done all kinds of things over the years. I've toured rock and roll and traveled all over the world. I've been the ME on events with literally thousands of lights and hundreds of DMX universes. I've engineered the most cutting edge lighting systems with media servers, pixel mapping, digital lighting and full networking. I've lit numerous U.S. Presidents (in and out of office) and international dignitaries. I've done lighting for debutante balls and charity luncheons. I've lit small back yard parties and the entire Ft. Worth Zoo for night time events. I've designed and programmed shows as big as the biggest rock concerts and as small as 4 lights on trees. I've lit runways for some of the biggest fashion designers in the business and I've lit stages for the top CEO's in the business world. I've lit T. V. studios for news broadcasts and I've lit live televised events. I've even provided all the lighting services for a UN Convention in Mexico. I take all of these experiences into every show I do, because no matter the "size" of the show, they are all the most important show in the world to the person or persons I'm working for.

I currently work full time at TLS Productions as a production manager and in house master electrician. In this job I supervise all of our auto show booths on the floors of the major auto shows as well as do a lot of the lighting engineering for the individual booths. Needless to say, working for TLSP severely limits my availability throughout most of the year, but I typically have summers off to work on other projects and do manage to fit in some outside shows throughout the year. I truly enjoy working with the great people at TLSP and hope that it is a relationship that can last for years to come.

I have been offered jobs at some of the corporate giants in the lighting and AV fields but have yet to be offered one that worked for me. For one, these companies tend to undervalue (and underpay) their employees. I very much prefer a smaller company like TLSP where you feel your a part of the team and your both treated and paid like it, or being an independent freelancer where you can truly get paid what your worth. Besides, I like doing shows. If I was to take a job with one of these companies I couldn't make my living doing what I love - and what I'm best at - shows. I am an on site guy. I thrive in the high pressure - it must be right - no second chances world of live events. This is such a huge part of what and who I am that sitting behind a desk calling the shots just doesn't appeal to me.

One thing I believe is a truism is that the show will happen no matter who you use. What you have to take into account is how stressful and how painful the process might be. It is my job, no matter what my "title" on any given show, to use my knowledge and experience to make sure your show or event is as painless and stress-free as possible for you. That means that you as a producer don't have to worry about the technical details of the show, or that you as a T. D. don't have to worry about the lighting and/or staging. If your life is worry free, then I have done my job. This is who I am, and that is why Martin Design exists today. I take pride in being part of a team and not only handling "my part" of every show to the best of my ability but also going the extra mile to make sure that my clients simply don't have to be worried about anything on their show. If you hire Martin Designs or Doyle Martin you have hired the vast experience and know how to make sure your show, event, or project will come off without a hitch. This is who I am, and this is what Martin Designs is here to do.

So, having said all of this, please continue to browse around the site and find out more about Martin Designs. Please don't hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do for you. You can e-mail me at or you can contact us at 903.447.4132. I look forward to hearing from you.

Doyle W. Martin Jr.
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