Playground is a digital creative agency. We focus on design, consulting, and technology. We’ve been building unique digital products, platforms, and experiences for the past 4 years. Each of our endeavours is guided by a strong sense of craftsmanship and passion for the web. We strive to create meaning and value for our customers and their users and seek to imbue our products with a sense of wonder. We are a diverse team of creatives from many backgrounds with a shared desire to help make the web a better place by crafting the best digital experiences.

Leadership

Sami Sadaghiani

CFO / Founder

Sami’s professional background is a mix of law, accounting and creative advertising. After developing her diverse skill set, she co-founded Playground Inc. to focus her efforts on building and growing her dream team. She brings organization and provides financial guidance to the management team at Playground Inc.

Dave Senior

Chief Growth Officer / Partner

Dave has been deeply involved in the digital space for his entire professional life. As the co-founder of the photo sharing application Burstn, he was part of the inaugural incubation round at the Ryerson Digital Media Zone. From pitch meetings in Silicon Valley to visiting startups in the EU, Dave has collected a global understanding of the entrepreneurial space which he brings home to Canadian innovators looking to navigate these sometimes dicey waters. Today, he leverages his skills and network as a strategist at Playground Inc. He helps teach startups to think like big business and big businesses to think like startups.

Scott Boniface

Director of Marketing Services / Founder

At the ripe age of 18, Scott started his career in advertising as a copywriter for brands such as BMW and McDonald’s. He used his knowledge of the industry and passion for creating to co-found Playground Inc. with the goal to build the best possible digital products and experiences. Scott brings understanding, communication and organization to his role as a project manager to ensure Playground Inc. meets its deadlines with excellent results.

Ryan Bannon

Creative Director / Founder

Since co-founding Playground Inc. in 2009, Ryan has played a significant role in shaping the agency’s creative vision. Ryan’s passion for great work, from fostering collaboration between Playground Inc.’s world-class design and technology teams to leading its most innovative and notarized projects, inspires industry juniors and its most seasoned leaders. Ryan has won several international awards and was listed in Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2012. This is affirmation that in his still nascent career, Ryan has and will continue to produce industry-defining work for Playground’s clients.

Departments

Strategy

  • Digital strategy
  • Brand strategy
  • Product strategy
  • Content strategy
  • Social Strategy
  • Usability research
  • Technology assessment
  • Analytics & measurement

Design

  • User experience design
  • Interface design
  • Mobile & touch design
  • Brand design
  • Motion design
  • Game design
  • Digital video
  • Content Design

Technology

  • Interface development
  • Web applications
  • Mobile applications
  • E-commerce systems
  • Content management systems
  • API Development
  • System architecture
  • Prototyping

Careers

Working at
Playground.

We are working hard every day to create a world class team of people and an environment where we can create industry leading work. Our passionate, close-knit family always strives to push the boundaries of what's possible and predict the future of technology. If that sounds like something you want to be a part of, we can't wait to hear from you.

Strategy

Product Strategist

The Gig

Do you have a deep passion and understanding of digital products? Well, perfect. We’re looking for a highly knowledgeable product strategist to turn ideas into fully functioning products. You’ll create detailed strategies encompassing everything from business models, marketing strategies to technical opportunities and limitations. You will create intelligent roadmaps and strategies to effectively produce amazing products. You will also provide insights on user trends, emerging media, and new digital services.

The Highlights

  • Contribute to initial stages of a project by meeting with clients to develop a project brief for the team.
  • You’ll have an understanding of our pipeline and capacity by working closely with department leads to determine resources necessary to carry projects through to completion.
  • Managing client expectations through constant schedules, progress reports and feedback.
  • Keeping department leads well aware of all milestones, objectives and deliverables.
  • Incredible communication skills.
  • Passion for emerging technology and the digital world.

Bonus Points

  • 3+ years experience in the interactive industry.
  • Experience managing teams and delivering products.
  • Knowledge of the software and web development process, project management and performance management.
  • Experience in web development pipelines and identifying potential bottlenecks.
  • If you've built successful products in the past.

To Apply

Do you have amazing insights and opinions about the digital world? We’d love to hear them. Show us that you know your stuff and have the same passion we do. Resumes are nice, but for this role you have to talk the talk and walk the walk. Hit us up and let us know how you’re going to change the way digital products are made for the better.

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Production Manager

The Gig

Are you the smartest control freak you know? Great! We’re looking for someone to grab hold of our projects and make sure everything goes just right. You should be experienced in the digital space and have a love for seeing projects from inception to completion. Self-direction and follow-up skills are a must, as well as the ability to anticipate production issues and find effective solutions. If you’re honest, organized and focused on high quality digital experiences we’d love to hear from you.

The Highlights

  • Knowledge of the digital industry.
  • Experience in project management for the digital products.
  • Experience in task delegation, working on a deadline with an extreme attention to detail.
  • Excellent communications skills. You’ll be in constant contact with our clients managing expectations and giving updates on progress.
  • You must have an advanced knowledge of project life-cycles and know the complexities and challenges of every role and touch point throughout.

Bonus Points

  • Experience with project management platforms (Basecamp, Flow etc.)
  • 3+ years working in the technology and digital space.
  • Design and Development experience (CSS, HTML, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator etc.)
  • If you know awesome psychological ways to secretly motivate people.

To Apply

We’d love to see some of the amazing projects you’ve nursed from infancy to adulthood and what impact they’ve made on the industry. We want to know about your management techniques, your philosophies on collaboration and how you’ll ensure all projects under your guidance will go according to plan.

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Quality Analyst

The Gig

We work on large projects with aggressive time-lines with many touch points throughout, we need someone to ensure that every one of those points is accounted for and working as intended. We need someone who will take ownership over how we analyze, test and perfect our projects. You will work intimately with our development and design teams to execute the most effective possible revision processes possible. Playground strives for and promises the highest quality work industry wide. You’ll play a big part in making sure we stick to that promise.

The Highlights

  • You’ll be working closely alongside our design and development teams to ensure everything has been accounted for, tested and working correctly.
  • Experience leading a test team in an agile development environment.
  • You should have an advanced knowledge of testing including risk based testing, agile software testing, software development practices and methodologies, version control and management practices.
  • Enthusiastic and energetic, with a passion for quality.
  • Experience testing applications for desktop and mobile software.

Bonus Points

  • 2+ years of QA experience
  • A portfolio of air tight digital products you’ve worked on.
  • Experience in performance testing tools as well as QA tracking tools.
  • Prior experience building a QA team.
  • Proven experience of implementing best practices and defining QA test strategies.
  • A desire to constantly inspire, motivate, excel and innovate.
  • Provide mentoring and guidance of methodologies and best QA practices company wide.

To Apply

We want to know why you’re the right person to trust our projects with before handing them off to our clients. We’d love to see projects you’ve worked on, hear experiences you’ve had in the industry and why you’d be the perfect fit here at Playground.

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Design

UX Designer

The Gig

We're looking for designers who can craft beautiful designs while also having a deep understanding of how applications should work and feel. You'll work closely with engineers to develop new interface paradigms and establish all aspects of the user experience on a project. You'll have total creative control over your projects and must be willing to take creative risks, experiment with ideas and approaches, and do whatever it takes to create the best work possible.

The Highlights

  • You'll design everything from style guides and GUIs to page templates.
  • Create and understand user flows, site maps and wireframes.
  • You'll work iteratively: developing ideas from sketches and graphics to prototypes.
  • Collaborate with engineers to craft designs that use modern standards and processes.
  • Love learning about emerging design trends, standards and technology.
  • Aptitude with Photoshop, and an eagerness to learn new tools.

Bonus Points

  • Ability to create great icons or illustrations.
  • Understanding of HTML & CSS, especially their issues and quirks.
  • Ability to create motion graphics with Flash or After Effects.

To Apply

Resumes are useful, but they don’t say much about a designer’s skills or passion. We would love to see a portfolio of web, mobile or desktop design work along with any wireframes or user flow sketches. It’s useful for us if you also send along an explanation of your background, what you like to work on, and what excites you about working at Playground.

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Technology

Interface Developer

The Gig

At Playground we are making the next generation of web applications. In doing so we strive to craft the most beautiful and intuitive user experiences possible. You'll create fast, scalable web architectures using modern standards with a team that takes pride in producing elegant, functional, and well-tested code. We take on a wide range of problems and projects, and as such we're looking for people who have multi-disciplinary interests, and will express their opinions to help craft great experiences.

The Highlights

  • Work closely with UX designers during planning to develop ideas and prototypes.
  • Contribute to peer reviews of code to ensure the highest quality code craftsmanship.
  • Love learning about emerging technologies and standards.
  • Expertise creating web interfaces using Javascript + jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3.
  • Experience working with AJAX, JSON, and REST APIs.

Bonus Points

  • Experience with frameworks such as Wordpress, Drupal, or Django.
  • Aptitude with popular client-side frameworks (such as Backbone, Sammy, Ember, etc.)
  • Backend development experience in PHP or Python
  • Experience with version control systems.

To Apply

Resumes are nice, but we want to know more than a .doc or .pdf could ever tell us. We want to see the amazing work you’ve been a part of and hear about how you plan to change the future of web applications. What do you love to work on? What excites you about Playground? We look forward to chatting with you.

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Applications Developer

The Gig

At Playground we are making the next generation of web applications. In doing so we strive to craft the most beautiful and intuitive user experiences possible. You'll create fast, scalable web architectures using modern standards with a team that takes pride in producing elegant, functional, and well-tested code. We take on a wide range of problems and projects, and as such we're looking for people who have multi-disciplinary interests, and will express their opinions to help craft great experiences.

The Highlights

  • Creating full-stack web applications based on Python or PHP.
  • Integrating with frameworks like Django, Drupal, or WordPress.
  • Experience working with AJAX, JSON, REST APIs and other API integrations.
  • Strong MySQL (or Postgres) skills.

Bonus Points

  • Modern front-end development tools (HTML5, CSS3, WebSockets, etc.).
  • Experience integrating with common server processes such as RabbitMQ, memcached, Sphinx search, or Solr.
  • Knowledge of other databases, such as MongoDB, Redis, Kyoto, Couchbase, etc.
  • Version control systems (mercurial or git, preferably!)
  • Basic Photoshop skills.
  • The ability to chat about your preferred build in StarCraft or possessing a love for fighting games is also a definite plus.

To Apply

To put it simply, impress us. Resumes only say so much and we'd rather you show us what you're made of. We'd love to know more about your background, what you love to do and why you'd be an awesome fit at Playground.

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