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Welcome


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Welcome


Wait, who are these guys?

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Back in '08...


Before groupon was a household name

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Back in '08...


Before groupon was a household name

It started with a smile...

A few colleagues got together one night and thought it would be fun to make a website honoring the undeniable shining beacon of freedom that is Joe Biden’s smile

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And it was fun.

So we thought, let’s keep this party going.

 

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Culture is King


We are just as concerned with the health and well-being of our team, as the work we produce for our clients.

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Culture is King


We are just as concerned with the health and well-being of our team, as the work we produce for our clients.

We set out to create the kind of studio we would want to work at.

Where you can do the best work of your career, get inspired by your colleagues, and have a great time along the way.

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So we did.


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So we did.


Why should we work with these clowns?

 

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We get Education


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We get Education


Teaching is something we understand and do well. 

Our Principal of Technology Don Bora is also Co-Founder and Chief Facilitator, leading iOS courses, at Mobile Makers Academy. We're passionate about education and continuing to grow and retain talent in Chicago within the development community. 

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We’ve also helped several organizations in the education space. 

Wowzers is 3rd-8th grade online math content built to provide educators and administrators solutions for the 21st century classroom.

Hive Learning Network helps youth explore their interested through connected learning experiences.

Dabble lets you discover, teach, and host one-time affordable classes. Pursue your interests & meet new people without a big commitment

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We Get Media


We understand the value of great content.

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We Get Media


We understand the value of great content.

We’re building our own little media empire. One bagel at a time.

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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.

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We get humor


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We get humor


Like TastyTrade...We work hard, play hard, and don’t take ourselves too seriously.

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We have hands-on leaders


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We have hands-on leaders


We have balanced leadership across disciplines, which is rare.

This helps our team to be one of the most collaborative studios around.

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Steve Polacek
Founder / Creative

Don Bora
Founder / Technology

John W Ostler
Founder / UX & UI

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We get stuff done.


From day 1, our team is poised to help you focus and execute your vision.

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We get stuff done.


From day 1, our team is poised to help you focus and execute your vision.

Our team has shipped 60+ times over 5 years in the form of mobile apps, games, and websites.

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USER EXPERIENCE

  • User Research
  • Gap Analysis
  • User Persona Development
  • Site Maps
  • User Flows
  • Story Boards
  • Interaction Patterns

EXPERIENCE DESIGN

  • Branding
  • Branding Guide
  • Responsive Website Design
  • Native Mobile Design
  • Native Tablet Design
  • Startup Pitch Document
  • Custom Illustration
  • Character Design
  • Animation

DEVELOPMENT

  • Responsive Web
  • HTML5 Canvas & Javascript
  • Native App Sprite Boards
  • Ruby On Rails
  • Objective-C iOS
  • Unity 3D C#
  • JAVA Android
  • Drupal

OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF:  Project Management, Content Strategy, Quality Assurance testing, Code Review for iOS & Ruby

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We are battle-tested


We've assembled an all senior level team of digital experts.

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We are battle-tested


We've assembled an all senior level team of digital experts.

Our team is stacked and ready to go.

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We get people talking


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We get people talking


“These guys are good” - The Street.

Our work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, BrandWeek, MSNBC, Fast Company, The New York Times Blog, The Daily Beast, Mashable.com, and garnered attention in multiple Ruby on Rails and CSS industry blogs.

 

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Samples


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Samples


Talk is cheap! Let’s see the goods.

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GiveForward


Mobile App for iOS

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GiveForward


Mobile App for iOS

Design, UX and iOS App Development

As the leading crowdfunding platform for healthcare, GiveForward is on a mission to change people's lives every day. Like many organizations, GiveForward realizes that mobile plays a key role in reaching their potential. The ability to have a product accessible to customers at all times is a key to driving habitual and sustained usage. They came to Eight Bit looking for a partner to help build an mobile experience that would empower their user base with better tools for engagement and managing their fundraiser efforts.

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Guaranteed Rate


Deliver a Seamless Responsive Web and Mobile Experience.

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Guaranteed Rate


Deliver a Seamless Responsive Web and Mobile Experience.

UX, Design, and Responsive UI Development

Guaranteed Rate is committed to customer satisfaction. The proof is in their 77% Net Promotor® Score and 96% customer satisfaction rating. They're doing everything they can to bring transparency and simplicity to what is often a painful process. Eight Bit studios helped bring responsive design to their loan application and management process.

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Fooda


Fooda provides awesome food at reasonable prices to employees while at work.

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Fooda


Fooda provides awesome food at reasonable prices to employees while at work.

UX and Design

“The brilliant and creative team at Eight Bit Studios not only produced high quality work, but also managed to ensure we had a lot of fun along the way.”

Greg Johnson | VP Technology & Marketing
Check out Fooda.com 

 

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Glossre


A site and mobile app dedicated to sharing our homes with friends and family.

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Glossre


A site and mobile app dedicated to sharing our homes with friends and family.

Branding, Design, UX, UI, App Development for Web and iOS

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Parasite


A custom database, CMS and interface for scientists to document and track parasite activity all over the world.

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Parasite


A custom database, CMS and interface for scientists to document and track parasite activity all over the world.

App Development & Design

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Very Moved


Make moving simple, transparent and easy.

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Very Moved


Make moving simple, transparent and easy.

Branding, Design, UX, UI, App Development

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Octane Rich Media


Showcase the talent and work of a top tier production studio.

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Octane Rich Media


Showcase the talent and work of a top tier production studio.

Branding, Design, UX, UI, Custom Rails CMS.

“Not only did Eight Bit grasp the magnitude of the work, they inspired us to invent new media assets like the Inspect 5 Series, that not only sounded cool, but was actually insightful to our clients. The Eight Bit leads - Steve, John and Don -  all devoted extraordinary energy and passion to every aspect of the project.”

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Thanks


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Thanks


We can help with your mission to end financial illiteracy.

Let's build something we're proud of, make some money, and have a great time doing it. 

 

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 Dave Seidler
Director of Mobile Strategy
dave@eightbitstudios.com
312.286.8184