Ryan J. A. Murphy is a twenty-something who works at the intersection of technology, psychology, design, and the application of those disciplines to the advancement of education. He uses design and systems thinking to search for strategic opportunities for change. Ryan’s work is collected here and at On the side, Ryan draws things on computers, he writes and talks at people, and he makes bad music.

Ryan works at Memorial University as a Student Leadership Development Coordinator and is currently pursuing a PhD in Management (Information Systems). He holds a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation from OCAD University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology and Computer Science (Software Engineering) from Memorial University.

Ryan’s wife works in medicine, and their greyhound has switched from a bad career in racing to a comfortable one in treat quality control.

This site is a place to share my work and to help me connect to people (like you!).


I’ve been lucky to have had many opportunities to build projects I’m proud of over the past few years, and I’m forever indebted to so many who chose to trust a random student with too many ideas. A small selection of these projects in social innovation, education, and leadership development are collected on this site. 

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I'm interested in how we can use technology to be better versions of ourselves. Recently, I've worked on a project investigating whether game mechanics might encourage participation in citizen science projects. My latest project explores the systemics of innovation education in Canada.


I'm a self-taught freelance designer/illustrator/photographer. I work with a small number of clients to produce print and digital media for all kinds of purposes, from retail signage to conference branding and beyond. 

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I love to write about the practice of innovation, personal productivity, and anything else that grabs my attention. In 2012-2013 I authored a column for The Muse, Memorial's Student Newspaper. 

In addition to presenting at many Radhoc Youth Leadership conferences, I have presented at CACUSS 2013 and 2014, Memorial Student Leadership Conference (MSLC), and TEDxStJohns. The latter speech was captured on YouTube.


I completed a small album during 2014's Record Production Month (RPM). Each track on Meridian is intended to be looped on-end to provide the listener with an audio anchor as they work or study. 


Curriculum Vitae

If for some reason you'd like to review every microscopic detail of my career, you can find my CV here! Thanks for your keen interest in me! (I think?)