• your web strategy requires a flexible, agile
    & scalable approach.
    Web presence affects perceptions of your brand, but also reflects on your business or organization's ability to adapt

    to technology. The web is young and the rate of growth is astonishing. Web development standards are evolving every day.

    If your website didn't work on a mobile platform last year, your visitor would blame their device. Now it's on you.

  • The right technologies
    to build your next web application.
  • take your web development to
    a new level
    with HTML5, CSS3, jQuery & Expression Engine 2

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

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.

Expression Engine

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.


Bootstrap is a collection of tools for creating web applications. These tools include design elements for typography, forms, navigation and other interface components, as well as JavaScript extensions. Bootstrap was developed by developers at Twitter as a framework to encourage consistency across internal tools. Before Bootstrap, various libraries were used for interface development, which led to inconsistencies and a high maintenance burden.

JavaScript, PHP:MySQL and Perl

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.

Root Level Development in based in Chicago, IL, USA