Management and Digital Design Thought Leadership helping build successful companies, platforms, and products at the intersection of digital media and technology.
With over 20 years of domain expertise, we develop and execute all aspects of design business functions, including planning, technology, strategy, team building, marketing, and operations.
Award-winning design leader, interactive mobile platform developer and technology pioneer with extensive knowledge of :
Frequent speaker – SXSW, Digital Hollywood, Augmented World Expo (AWE), etc.
Press – Forbes, IGN, Crain’s Chicago Business, etc.
The Malex Design team is lead by Mark Ladd who has focused on innovation merging advanced technologies for the digital and built environments for the past 25 years. The firm provides specialty consulting through partnerships with subject matter experts in a broad spectrum of digital solutions.
With over 25 years of leading design and technical innovation for large multi-national companies and emerging services companies, Mark is an seasoned design professional and entrepreneur of information technology with a forte in the exploration and development of 3D digital solutions in highly data-driven and design oriented settings, with a specialty in Building Information Modeling and interactive augmented reality UI/UX. An entrepreneur adept in sophisticated virtual design environments, Mark has comprehensive management, business development, world class team building, and marketing skills with a proficiency in merging disparate technologies and personnel into team and customer service-centered business units.
As an early adopter of 3D Computer Aided Design and BIM in late 90’s/ early 2000’s, and then managing the implementation of BIM on multi-office/multi-national signature projects around the world for Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM), Mark has more than two decades of 3D visualisation leadership. Mark led the SOM’s BIM software market analysis, as well the implementation of BIM for some of the firm’s most complex projects utilizing BIM, including the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the renovation of the U.S. Dirksen Federal Courthouse, as well as the new Social Security Administration’s National Support Center, over 400,000 SF LEED Gold Data Center. I also lead firmwide technology initiatives for SOM’s Technology Committee which was responsible for firmwide technology R&D.
More recently, Mark has been the Founder & CEO of LyteShot, a cloud-based mobile gaming platform for alternate reality gaming (ARG) in the real world with sensor-based game play connected through the internet. LyteShot’s platform digitally connects multi-player physical gaming through the internet via user’s mobile devices using LyteShot’s hardware called the Lyter© and LytePuck© to link with mobile gaming apps on smartphones for a fully immersive live-action gaming experience. The cloud-based platform integrates features such as augmented reality, heads-up display (HUD), and geo-fencing to create game boundaries for interactive multi-player experiences connected via the cloud.
Mark provides executive leadership for all aspects of LyteShot’s business functions, implementing the company’s strategic plan of its platform, and oversight of design technology research and development. With LyteShot, Mark assembled a team of seasoned digital artists and IoT engineers, combining his past experience in as a design architect and supervisor with interactive visualization, interactive experiences and products centered around new digital formats: Augmented Reality (both mobile and smartglasses), connected devices/ gesture tech, mobile apps, visual effects, as well as real-time 3d environments and experiences made with game and visualization engines.
We believe in the pursuit of excellence in innovation. And the fruits of those labors have been acknowledged with numerous recognitions and awards with a few of those listed below.
Subject matter expertise comes from extensive experience leading to a vast reservoir of knowledge to provide guidance and insight into innovative solutions.
“Mark's care and commitment to excellence is exceptional. Creative thinking, complex problem solving, and establishing leadership in all of his endeavors positively demonstrates his capabilities and contributions.”
“Mark's skill in all aspects of the pursuit, including Team Development, Proposal Management, Design Approach and Fee Development, was crucial to the win. What is most remarkable is that he then took on the role of Design Project Manager once the project was awarded. It is extremely rare that a professional architect possesses the skill set of design, marketing, project management and business acumen to procure, manage and profitably complete a major project. Mark is an extraordinary leader who works with his team to produce a thorough and professional product at all stages of project development.”
“I found Mark to be a thoughtful and well-rounded real estate executive who is able to drive value through leveraging financing principles, technology, and human capital. He is an inspirational leader with strong operational and management skills set over the spectrum of real estate issues in each deal. He is extremely adept at managing and leading team members throughout all phases of the budgeting, design, construction, and real estate development process. As I worked with Mark on a myriad of deals at MDG, he demonstrated not only a deep working knowledge of government procurement and of the federal real estate build to suit/leaseback program, but also a tremendous understanding of the intersection of architectural/ engineering design, construction, and finance. ”
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