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Let’s create the world’s best mobile apps and websites


Created from the brimstone of Chicago's top acquired agencies: We are a smart, fun, rowdy, privately-owned group of pixel-slingers from the midwest, here to crush it for brands on their mobile and web initiatives.  

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Let’s create the world’s best mobile apps and websites


Created from the brimstone of Chicago's top acquired agencies: We are a smart, fun, rowdy, privately-owned group of pixel-slingers from the midwest, here to crush it for brands on their mobile and web initiatives.  

A Studio that focuses on Great Taste

Like all crafts, doing great digital work requires taste. Taste comes from doing this well, hundreds if not thousands of times for clients that come from all backgrounds and verticals. We've spent the past 5 years seeking and hiring those that have the best taste in Chicago and around the country. Translation: Our team is poised to execute your vision with the right players on day 1. This frees you up to focus on your goals, business strategy, and growth strategy.

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User Experience

Who is your customer? What do they expect of your experience? What's their journey? We help you answer these questions and the others to help make effective design and development possible.

Research, Flows, Architecture, more 

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Design

The world now cares about great design. In fact, great design can be the difference between a user’s engagement, loyalty, and willingness to share your product. We insure that your product doesn't miss this critical opportunity.

Branding, Mobile, Web, more 

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Development

Your customers will never see great development because they don't care. They just want it to work and work well! We go the extra mile to insure both you and your customers don't notice just how good your source code is.

HTML5, iOS, Android, Rails, more

 

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We have a deep understanding of collaboration


If you're looking for passive execution from a robotic team, you’ve come to the wrong place. We have spent the last 5 years refining our process for dynamic, meaningful collaboration with a team that is well balanced, communicates, and translates your vision into the best it can be.

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We have a deep understanding of collaboration


If you're looking for passive execution from a robotic team, you’ve come to the wrong place. We have spent the last 5 years refining our process for dynamic, meaningful collaboration with a team that is well balanced, communicates, and translates your vision into the best it can be.

We believe that Collaboration is Critical

We started Eight Bit to facilitate meaningful collaborations among the best artists and technicians in their field, with the best entrepreneurs and marketers in the world. We do not believe that great work and success comes from hiring an experienced individual. We believe that hiring the most collaborative individuals who understand the interdependence of their contributions, create the best work and the most successful products. Our understanding and need to collaborate extends into the work we do with others. An uninformed UX, Design, or Technology decision is a waste of time, talent, and resources. We have worked on our recipe for the past 5 years and continue to refine it every day in the way we create, communicate, behave, and function. 

Here are a few meaningful collaborations we’ve been a part of:

 
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Leadership


Balanced leadership between disciplines is rare.  Because of this balance, we have one of the most collaborative teams in the industry.

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Leadership


Balanced leadership between disciplines is rare.  Because of this balance, we have one of the most collaborative teams in the industry.

A studio with all-hands-in leadership

John W Ostler
Founder / UX & UI

Part designer, part technologist and part entrepreneur. John has been developing and founding web, music, and print productions for over 10 years. His work has garnered attention in USA Today, Brandweek, The Daily Beast, NewYork Times Tech blog, Mashable, homepage of Drupal.org, were featured on multiple CSS design blogs and achieved the coveted 'New and Noteworthy' nod from Apple.

Don Bora
Founder / Technology

Don is a bit of a process geek and has brought eXtreme Programming into Market Forward, Baxter and Bank of America, among others. He has worked in many industries including: global investment banking, medical devices, advertising, telecommunications and artificial intelligence. He brings deep experience in a multitude of technical disciplines and thoroughly enjoys his craft. 

Steve Polacek
Founder / Creative

With more than 10 years of creative experience, Steve has served a vast array of industries; technology (Motorola, MSN, AT&T), finance (National City), consumer goods (Kraft), services (Hard Rock Cafe), entertainment (Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake) and athletics (NBA, WNBA, MLB). Steve is answering the demand for captivating interactive experiences that push the envelope and engage users and his work proves it.

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Chicago


We really think this is the place to be.  Each year the startup community gets bigger and the corporations who have planted their roots here get stronger.

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Chicago


We really think this is the place to be.  Each year the startup community gets bigger and the corporations who have planted their roots here get stronger.

A Studio that Loves Chicago

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Creating Bytes Over Bagels

We love the technology community in Chicago. In fact, we love it so much that we started a weekly podcast called Bytes Over Bagels that features some of the amazing things happening in our fair city.

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.  

Learn more: BytesOverBagels.com

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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. 

Learn more: MobileMakers.co 

 

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Our Team


We are just as concerned with the health and well-being of our team, as the work we produce for our clients. This is where you come to do the best work of your career and have a lot of fun.

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Our Team


We are just as concerned with the health and well-being of our team, as the work we produce for our clients. This is where you come to do the best work of your career and have a lot of fun.

A studio that puts people first

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb.