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Martha Ladly
Professor, Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Design, Media & Art Research, Data Analytics, Digital Media/Installation, Mobile Experience Art & Design, Aging and Memory, machine learning, Interaction Design, Digital Media, Data Visualization


Dr. Martha Ladly is a Professor of Design, and Graduate Program Director of the Digital Futures program. Martha specializes in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology, which she teaches in the Digital Futures Graduate and Undergraduate Programs and the Interdisciplinary Master's Program at OCAD University. She is the former Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, former Graduate Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Master's Program, and founding Chair of the Research Ethics Board at OCAD U in Toronto, Canada.

Martha is a senior researcher with the Visual Analytics Lab and The Mobile Experience Lab and a Network Investigator with the BRAIN Alliance. She has also been a principal investigator wtih the Centre for Innovation in Data Visualisation and Data-Driven Design, and the GRAND National Centre of Excellence. She is the former Director of the Canadian digital arts and culture website HorizonZero (, and holds the designation of Registered Graphic Designer (RGD).

Throughout the 1990s Martha worked with Peter Gabriel and Real World, leading design teams for international award-winning interactive arts and entertainment projects. In the 1980s Martha had a prominent international recording career as a musician, performer, and writer, earning two certified gold discs, numerous top-ten singles and albums, and a Juno award.

Martha is an internationally published author, and the co-editor of the first anthology on mobile design: Mobile Nation: Creating Methodologies for Mobile Platforms. Martha completed her PhD dissertation entitled "Eros, Women and Technology", with the joint program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities in 2013.


Martha completed her PhD in the Philosophy of Technology and doctoral dissertation on Women's work in art, design and technology, at York University in the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture in April 2013. Martha received her Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from York University in 2007. She graduated as an AOCA from the General Studies Program in the Faculty of Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art in 1980.

Professional Experience

Faculty Member, Canadian Film Centre - CFC Media Lab, 2001 - present; Director, HorizonZero Canadian Digital Arts & Culture, 2002-2003; Faculty Member, Interactive Project Lab (IPL) 2001-2003; Director of Design, Immersion Studios, Toronto, Canada, 2001; Lecturer, University of West of England, UK, 1995-2000; Head of Design, Peter Gabriel and Real World, UK, 1992-2001.

Selected Exhibitions

L'occhio del pittore, il cuore del luogo, Visoni dal Palmerino, Calonica Palmerino, Florence, Italy, June 2015. 'Staging Reality" Group Exhibition, British Institute, Florence, Italy, April 2014; LA Replay, Group Exhibition, DESMA Grad Art Gallery, Broad Art Centre, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., 2012. –A Day in the Collegiates–, One Minute Film Festival, Bloor Cinema, Toronto, 2007. HorizonZero Issue 18:GHOST, Public Commission, 2004., Faculty of Design Group Show, York University / Sheridan Institute Gallery, Oakville, 2004. Year End Group Show, De Long Gallery, Toronto, 2004.

Awards \ Grants

2016-2017 BRAIN Alliance Network Grant, Co-Investigator; 2011-2016 CIV-DDD Network Grant, Co-Investigator, 2010-2014 GRAND NCE, Principal Investigator; 2007 SSHRC: Principal Investigator. ITST Mobile Nation Conference Grant; 2007: Canadian Design Research Network: Co-Principal Investigator, Mobile Nation Publications, Workshops and Dissemination Grant, 2006: Portage: Co-applicant, Canadian Heritage New Media Research Network; 2005-06: The Mobile Digital Commons Network 2: Co-applicant; 1998: BAFTA British Academy of Film & Television Arts, (UK), Interactive Entertainment, for Ceremony of Innocence; 1998: Europrix Multimedia Art (Austria), for Ceremony of Innocence CD-ROM, Best of Show; 1998: Invision Awards, (USA), for Ceremony of Innocence, Best of show, Gold medal, Award of Excellence, 1998: New York Festivals Awards, (USA), for Ceremony of Innocence CD-ROM, Gold medal Entertainment Category; 1997: ATOM Awards, (Australia), Gold ATOM for Ceremony of Innocence CD-ROM, Product of the Year; Most Creative & Entertaining Multimedia Production; Best Multimedia Game; 1997: EMMA European Multimedia Awards, (Europe-wide) for Ceremony of Innocence CD-ROM; 1997: D&AD British Designers & Art Directors Association, (UK), Citation and Silver Awards; 1997: Best Multimedia Design, Distributed Data, for EVE CD-ROM; 1997: Atlantic Digital Media Awards, (Canada), International Award of Excellence, for EVE CD-ROM; 1997: Milia D–Or Award, (France), Best Multimedia Product, for EVE CD-ROM; 1996: Canadian Heritage New Media Research Network; 1995: Digital Media Awards, (Canada), 7 awards for Best Interactive, Music, Entertainment and Art, for Xplora 1 CD-ROM; 1994: Grammy Nomination: American Recording Academy Grammy Awards, (USA), for Best Record Sleeve Design, for Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live; 1982: D&AD British Designers & Art Directors Association, (UK), Citation for Best Record Sleeve Design, for New Order's Everything's Gone Green; 1981: Juno Award (Canada), for Song of the Year, with Martha & The Muffins, for the single Echo Beach; 1982: Recording Industry Awards, (Canada), Certified Gold Discs, with Martha & The Muffins, for Echo Beach (single), and Metro Music (album).


2003-2004 Issues 3-13, HorizonZero, Canadian Digital Arts + Culture 2004: HorizonZero. Issue 18: GHOST, Commission

Selected Publications

Book Editor: Ladly, Martha and Philip Beesley (eds.). Mobile Nation: Creating Methodologies for Mobile Platforms. Waterloo: Riverside Architectural Press. 2008. Chapter in peer reviewed Book: – “Narrative in Hybrid Mobile Environments”, in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 21 No. 1; L.A. Re.Play, Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking, Lanfranco Aceti, Hana Iverson, Mimi Sheller, Eds., January, 2016. –Locative Media, Art and Games in the Mobile Space"in Technology and Creativity: Social Media, Mobiles and Museums, Rutgers University Press, 2011. Chapter in peer-reviewed Encyclopedia:2011 Dartmouth Medal winner, –Music and Dress in Canada"Encyclopedia chapter for Volume 3: United States and Canada, Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Oxford University Press, 2010. Article: –Portable and Playful: Affective Devices and Responsive Environments"in Nomadismos Technologicos / Technological Nomadisms, published by Espacio Fundaci–n Telef–nica(Brazil and Argentina), 2010. Article: –Locative Media and Mobile Learning: Art, Design, and Participation in New Social Contexts."in IADIS Conference Proceedings, Barcelona. February 2009, published by the International Association for the Development of the Information Society, 2010. Article: –Portable and Participatory: Mobile Public Art–, Public Art Review, Public Art 2.0: Media, Technology & Community in the Interactive City, Issue 41, Fall/Winter 2009.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

OCAD University Senator, 2015 – present; Member, Canadian Women in Communication, 2012 - 2014; Chair, OCAD University Research Ethics Board, 2008 - 2011; Registered Graphic Designer (RGD), (Ontario, Canada), 2004 "present.; Member, International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS), (Europe), 2009 - 2010.; Member, Women in Film and Television (Canada), 2004 - 2005; Member, Chartered Society of Designers (MCSD, UK), 1998 - 1999; Member of the British Designers & Art Directors (D&AD), (UK), Awards of Distinction, 1997 & 1982.