growit-hero-mockup.jpg
charispread.jpg
ebs-geofence-wire-mesh.jpg
photo-1432067276699-58cc294974c9-1.jpg
04.jpg
photo-wall-retouch.jpg
bytesoverbagels_bg.jpeg
sushi-launch-mugs.jpg
growit-hero-mockup.jpg

Let’s make apps and websites that speak for themselves


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s make apps and websites that speak for themselves


With over 3 Million apps available, the days of “If you build it, they will come” are over.

product-path.png

 

We help define, strategize, and focus great ideas so that they solve a problem and stand out in the crowd. From the first napkin sketch to the last iteration, we will guide you step-by-step through the process of solving your business challenges and creating experiences that will amaze your audience.

charispread.jpg

Let’s Make Work We are Proud of


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s Make Work We are Proud of


Like all crafts, doing great digital work requires taste. Our taste comes from doing this well, hundreds of times for brands that come from all backgrounds and verticals.

Top Mobile App Developer

Top Mobile App Developer

Top Mobile App Developer

ebs-geofence-wire-mesh.jpg

Let’s Push Limits


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s Push Limits


We shake things up with our raucous combination of UX, Design, and Tech. Every idea, decision, or snippet of code is an opportunity to push ourselves, our work, and what’s possible.

photo-1432067276699-58cc294974c9-1.jpg

Let’s Stay Focused


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s Stay Focused


Why should this product exist? How does it improve lives? What will success look like?

These are critical questions we ask at the beginning of any project and throughout the process to ensure we've stayed on track. Simon Sinek's concept ‘Start with Why’ has become a mantra in our office and a springboard for our product strategy.

04.jpg

Let’s Play for Keeps


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s Play for Keeps


Once we commit to a project, we go all-in. That’s why brands we work tend to come back to the table time and again. 

For the past 8 years, we've been helping organizations, individuals, and teams serve up high-quality ultra-modern applications for the mobile age.

photo-wall-retouch.jpg

Let’s Keep It Real


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s Keep It Real


Real People.

We’re a smart, rowdy, byte-sized group of pixel-slingers from the midwest. No Egos, A-holes, or BS. If you're looking for passive execution from a robotic team, we're not for you. 
 

Real Challenges.

Software can be messy and unpredictable. Every project will have bumps in the road. It’s how people respond in those moments that define a team and a true partner. We do the right thing, especially when it’s the hard thing. That’s where authentic trust comes from and you can’t do your best work without it.
 

Real Conviction.

We don’t always have to agree. In fact, it’s better if we don’t. Conflicting views are a welcome and essential part of any team looking to do their best work. The key is creating an environment grounded deeply in respect, where people are encouraged to speak, free to fail, and valued as people.
 

Real Leadership.

We’re not a design firm, dev shop, or UX agency. We’re a studio with the perfect blend of these skills with killer project management to boot. It all starts at the top, with each of the Eight Bit Co-Founders having passion for their area of expertise. This isn't a company run by people without hands-on software experience. Everyone at Eight Bit Studios is a maker. 

Steve Polacek
Cofounder | Design

Don Bora
Cofounder | Technology

John W Ostler
Cofounder | Experience

bytesoverbagels_bg.jpeg

Let’s Create Community


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s Create Community


With every app, article, and podcast we’re doing our part to put Chicago at the center of the mobile revolution.

bytesoverbagels_463x272.png

Creating Bytes Over Bagels

Our love for the Chicago fermented into a weekly podcast called Bytes Over Bagels. From startups, to fund managers, to policy makers and serial entrepreneurs, we are covering the pulse of the Chicago tech scene. Promoting brands and Chicago music, our audience has grown to thousands of listeners in Chicago and around the world. 

IMG_3847.jpg

Growing Technical Talent

We are passionate about education and continuing to grow and retain talent in Chicago within the development community. Our Principal of Technology Don Bora is also Co-Founder and Chief Facilitator, leading iOS courses, at Mobile Makers Academy. They provide an 8 week course for learning how to create iOS applications in Chicago.

 

Windy City Digital Project Managers

Project Managers are the unsung heroes of many teams. We’re trying to change that both through our products and how we communicate. Our studio helped launch a Chicago area Meetup for Digital Project Managers. (Almost named Cat Herders Anonymous.)

Chicago iOS Developers

With the release of iOS, Apple changed the programming world as well as the path of Eight Bit Studios. This Meetup allows us to connect with other iOS enthusiasts from seasoned veterans to curious amateurs. 

sushi-launch-mugs.jpg

Let’s Enjoy the Ride


SCROLL DOWN

Let’s Enjoy the Ride


Because Work Doesn’t Have to Suck.


We started Eight Bit to create a place we were excited to go every day. Doing great work with great people is really what it’s all about. We are just as concerned with the health and well-being of our team, as the work we produce. This is where you come to do the best work of your career and have a lot of fun doing it.