Website Design & Development
Complete Website and Web Application Solutions
Static identity websites, microsites, responsive redesigns or complete, content management driven web applications. Our preferred content management system is ExpressionEngine by Ellis Labs.
Custom Multimedia Components
Specific components, interactive tools and functionality designed and developed for your project. Integration of application programming interfaces (APIs). Database migration. Reporting and advanced analytic tools.
Video & Audio Production/Editing | 3D Graphics & Animation
Avid Editing, Protools Mix and Master, Newtek LightWave 3d Modeling, Lighting, Animation, Rendering
Multimedia editing, post-production effects, motion graphics, 2D and 3D animation for broadcast, billboard, arena and all forms of web delivery.
Design & Branding
Print and digital graphic design | 3D animation or video identity material | Product animation.
Develop a clear brand with consistency and purpose. We plan, design and deliver print and media files to create a linear identity for your product, company or organization.
Social Media Optimization
Custom Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blog pages integrated with your website.
Account creation, page design and PHP integration of feeds and links to your new or current web application. SMO strategy and campaigns.
Web Technologies and Techniques we use and recommend.
Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5) defines the 5th major version, first minor revision of the core language of the World Wide Web. In this version, new features continue to be introduced to help web application authors. The elements are based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention continues to be given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.
Although the The CSS3 specification is still under development by W3C, most new CSS3 properties have been implemented in modern browsers. Many exciting new functions and features are being developed for CSS3. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) offer increased flexibility in the presentation of website content. In essence, CSS3 makes it easier to implement stunning new effects and styles for responsive web application design projects.
Responsive design is the hottest topic in front-end web development right now. It’s transforming the web into an all-singing, all-dancing, all-devices party, where we can access any information - on any platform. Responsive web design is a allows us to create single website with responsive architecture that provides the best quality browsing experience - whether on a smartphone, phablet, tablet, netbook or e-reader, and regardless of the operating system.
ExpressionEngine, or “EE,” is a multi-purpose content management system developed by American software company EllisLab. It is a flexible, feature-rich content management platform allows us to develop easy to manage website and web application administrative tools that make managing your site a breeze. It's modular web platform offers three tiers of licenses: Freelancer, Non-Commercial, and Commercial.
We've been writing code for two decades. We've watched the web grow up! And have published a project in almost every prominent coding language that has hit the scene. Certain technologies like Flash, AS2/AS3 took over the web for a decade and then dropped off into the application development world. Certain coding languages have stayed the course and continue to evolve. In contemporary web design and development, these are our staples.
Media creation applications we use.
Adobe Software Suite
Our business wouldn't function without industry standard applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, After Effects, Encore and Acrobat. We even keep machines around with pre-Creative Suite legacy versions of media applications to ensure we can process older project assets.
What about Flash? Absolutely, and we have created award winning projects in both AS2 & AS3 over the last fourteen years. Although it's web ubiquity is in decline, Flash and ActionScript are still the best tools for the job when it comes to creating stand-alone kiosk, interactive museum installations, or web applications for specific audiences.
Avid | Pro Tools Family
Our high-definition video suite features Media Composer 7, the most recent version of the industry standard film and video editing platform. We also offer comprehensive audio services with a certified Pro Tools 11 audio engineer including mix-to-picture, audio restoration, music composition, and remix and mastering services.
Do you need to publish video content to required HTML5 .m4v, .ogv, .webm file formats for web deployment? We have a unique solution for this process that ensures compatibility on all devices.
Are you currently planning a project in Chicago that can take advantage of the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act? We can help you navigate the specifics of the act and application process.
Newtek LightWave 3D
LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools. LightWave is used worldwide, as a complete 3D production solution for feature film and television visual effects, broadcast design, print graphics, visualization, game development, and Web. LightWave is responsible for more artists winning Emmy Awards than any other 3D application. Chances are LightWave was used to create many of your favorite films, television programs, and games.
We work with award winning 3D artists who have been using LightWave with compositing software to create stunning content for almost 20 years. Although LightWave is our tool of choice, we can work with models created in Maya, Rhino, Blender or any other 3D applications. View some recent projects.
Root Level Development is a small Chicago-based design collective that understands the big picture.
Root Level Design and Root Level Development were founded in 2007. We are media design and development professionals who love our work and opportunities to produce exceptional projects. Meet some of our clients.