Rebels with a Cause
What we do
We produce knowledge-based media + digital learning experiences for socially relevant and provocative content aka Edutainment.
Who we are
Digital 55 is a team of award-winning designers, developers, researchers, and content producers working to create offbeat + innovative digital interactive media and learning experiences with a focus on complex storytelling and critical thinking.
Who we produce for
We produce for various organizations & companies on strategy, and full-scope digital interactive storytelling, learning (LX) and media development and we're always looking to invest our time and expertise in projects with a purpose. What makes us stand out from the crowd is our rebel spirit, rooted in cross-disciplinary backgrounds in the arts, film, music, social sciences, and adult learning. We are pretty much obsessed with the intersection of creative and tech and we're able to disrupt and intersect different thinking to design authentic and engaging knowledge experiences in the interactive digital & media space.
We tackle “real-time” issues:
- 21st Century Skills & Future of Work
- Digital & Media Literacy
- Human Rights & Intersectional Issues
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Arts & Culture
- Leadership Skills
COMING SOON (!) Coolhunter Films / D55 originals, now in development + production.
- Filter (in production)
- The Music Doc Project (in development)
- The Cinema Project (in development)
- Citizen DIY (in development)
- Heartbreak (in development)
LAURALEE SHEEHAN // Founder & Chief Creative Officer (CCO)
Lauralee is a design thinker, a digital addict, but above all an artist. With years of experience working in digital interactive media and LX, Lauralee is a trailblazer in the digital space, pushing forward how creative and tech intersect. She has led dynamic digital teams on various award-winning digital, media, and learning projects. She is also an "on the radar" emerging executive producer in the media space with Coolhunter Films / D55 originals (in development!).
Fun Fact - Indie Musician
KAILA SIMONEAU // Content Director, LX Design & Research
Kaila is a thinker, writer, and recovering academic, with an unending fascination for what is possible at the intersections of media, creativity, and technology. It is this fascination that led her to pursue her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology, where she has dedicated herself to the study of mass media and popular aesthetics, industry, politics, and social change. Today, she combines her expertise in these scholarly areas with 5+ years of teaching experience, and a knack of research, writing, and content in the creation of sound UX/LX solutions and experiential digital builds.
Fun Fact - International (film festival) spy
ALEX POULOS // Digital PM
Alex joins D55 as a Production Manager, after a lengthy career previously in the live event world. He's vulnerable to piercing and poison damage but so far has proven his resiliency in the face of complex schedules and long hours.
Fun Fact - He’s 6’5 (if that matters)
MICHAEL BYUN // Jr. Digital Designer, Media + LX
Michael is a third year Interaction Design and Development student at George Brown College. He loves all things design and hones in on delivering sound and intuitive solutions. He also writes the occasional line of code upon inspiration - his archnemesis may or may not be bugs.
Fun Fact - His McDonald’s order consists of 2 McDoubles, a medium fries, an apple pie, and a Smarties McFlurry
We work with some very talented independent contributors + collaborators and couldn't do the work we do without them!
HEATHER CRUICKSHANK // Writer, Researcher & Editor
Heather is a writer, editor, and researcher who has years of experience developing creative content — and studying how people use digital media and interactive technologies to connect, learn, and adapt to their changing worlds. Drawing on her background in social anthropology and ethnographic research methods, she uses mixed-method research and storytelling techniques to explore the intersections between individuals' personal experiences and wider social forces. Much of her work has focused on chronic illness and major life transitions.
AILA COMILANG // Technical Producer & AV Consultant
Aila is a certified Technical Producer with a demonstrated history of working in venue-based A/V in the public and private sector. Skilled in streaming media technologies, video production, live-event management and digital media.
Fun Fact - A bit of a golf nut
SAHLEGEBRIEL GEBRESELASSIE // Jr. Producer and Researcher
Gabriel is a current student and joined D55 for the 2021 summer (our first ever intern), working closely with the content team on a number of exciting client and original projects.
Fun Fact - An aspiring professional athlete