Sublime Media is headquartered in Seattle's Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, close to the Space Needle.

111 West John Street, Suite 301
Seattle, Washington 98119
(map and directions)

(206) 381-5820

Selected clients

Our clients range from small businesses to Fortune 50 corporations.

  • Agilent Technologies
  • AT&T
  • Biogen Idec
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Cisco
  • Comcast
  • Costco
  • eBay
  • Expedia
  • J.Crew
  • Liberty Mutual
  • MasterCard
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • Starbucks
  • Yahoo!

View some of our work in the sections below.

Sublime Media

Founded by Dave Carlile and David Linder in 2000, Sublime Media is a privately held Seattle-based company. We’re a collection of instructional designers, project managers, designers, editors, developers, and quality assurance professionals who are focused on creating the best training anywhere.

Sublime Media creates online courses, instructor-led training, learning portals, and online marketing media. We build solutions based on adult learning theory, solid instructional design, creative technology solutions, and robust reporting and tracking systems in order to provide the best in interactive and effective learning solutions.

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At Sublime Media, we believe that one-size-fits-all training just doesn’t work.

Learning succeeds when the curriculum is customized for you—for your industry, for your learners, and for your learning objectives. Whether it’s a five-minute online refresher course or a three-hour instructor-led seminar, it should tell your story, reflect your branding, and address the gaps that are unique to your situation.

Let us show you the cool, customizable work we do. We make it all about you, and that makes all the difference.



Our training makes a difference.

Training that’s measurable and memorable isn’t about
prefabricated presentations and lifestyle photography.

Great training tells a story. It engages your learner and doesn’t let go. It’s easily accessible across a host of devices, from classroom PCs to iPads. And it doesn’t feel like training. Read more

If it has to do with e-learning, we’ve probably done it: .NET, ADDIE, Articulate, Captivate, HTML5, LMS Integration, SCORM, SharePoint, Software Simulation, SQL, Webinars, and more. Our e-learning experts will leverage that experience to help tell your story.

How much does e-learning cost?

For one hour of training, industry averages range from $10,000 for basic, static content to $40,000 and above for simulations, animations, and complex interactions.

When you hire us, one of the first things we do is discuss your goals so we can give you solutions that fit your budget. E-learning is a cost-effective training option, especially when you consider the benefits of reduced travel times and higher participation rates. When it comes to paying for e-learning, the most important thing to consider is the value it provides. An inexpensive solution that doesn’t work is just a waste of money.

How long does it take to build an e-learning course?

Typical development time for an e-learning course is 6–12 weeks from kickoff to final product. We use iterative and agile development cycles, so you can see your course being built—from concept through delivery. How much time your project will take is determined by the amount of content that’s already been prepared and the kinds of media and interactions you need.

How do I get the course to my audience?

Almost any e-learning course can be distributed via a standard web server. If you want to track consumption of the content (that is, who took it, who completed it, how long they took, assessment scores, and interaction attempts), you’ll need to deliver via a learning management system (LMS). The most commonly used standard that allows a course to communicate with an LMS is the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM). All of the e-learning we develop is SCORM-compliant and we’ve worked with many learning management systems, large and small. Understanding and planning for delivery is one of the first things we discuss with our clients. If you don’t already have an LMS in place, we can create a portal solution that will give you many of the features you’d find in one.


Learning Portals

Learning Portals

Training is effective only if learners can find it.

Make sure your training is discoverable
with a customized learning portal.

We develop learning portals that make training a hassle-free experience for everyone in your company. They offer one central location where learners access a customized curriculum and management can track and measure progress. Use our SCORM LMS or integrate with your existing learning management systems, and you’ll be able to deliver content to employees internally and customers in the cloud. Read more

Can I use a learning portal to deliver content?

Yes. Our learning portals can be coupled with your existing LMS or you can use our cloud-based LMS to deliver resources and training.

I already have an LMS. Why do I need a learning portal?

Most learning management systems work great to deliver courses, but are not so great at presenting personalized training plans. Our learning portals provide an easy to understand, role-based path through a curriculum. Think of your existing LMS as a library filled with content—your learning portal is the librarian. It provides a user interface and guides you to exactly what you need while providing the tools you need to keep track of what you’ve done.


Instructor-Led Training

Instructor-Led Training

If you think instructor-led training is an anachronism, think again.

Despite all the tools and technology available to your learners,
some things still work better in person.

It’s true: Instructor-led training is dynamic, personalized, and surprisingly cost-effective. ILT gives your learners opportunities they don’t get with other kinds of training—they can role-play, take part in team-building activities, and ask questions while a topic is fresh in their minds.

Our train-the-trainer courses prepare your instructors to present the material with confidence; or our experienced facilitators can deliver courses for you. What you get are focused, effective, in-person experiences.

We can even design courses that you can deliver virtually, over a web conferencing service for example. Virtual ILT can expand your audience, broaden your scheduling options, and save you money. Read more

Everyone has access to a computer; why should I use ILT?

Because you can do some things far better in a facilitated class than you can with an e-learning course. Role-playing, skills practice, in-person Q&A, immediate feedback, and team building activities are all more effective in an instructor-led environment.

How long does it take to create ILT?

It all depends on the length of the course and the depth of the material to be covered. Sales training is very different from tools training—both of which are very different from deep technical training. Course development time can take anywhere from one to three weeks for one hour of course content.


Strategic Consulting

Strategic Consulting

We help you find the gaps.

You know your business has training and development needs,
but you’re not exactly sure what those needs are.

Our strategic business advisors will point you in the right direction to help grow your business. They’ll meet with your management team and decision makers to clarify what your learners need, help assess what that change looks like, and develop action plans to make it happen. Read more

What’s the best way to structure a strategic engagement?

The greatest success comes when we partner closely with you to understand how things currently work and how you’d like them to work. Before we make any recommendations, we spend a significant amount of time working directly with your management team to understand your goals. We evaluate your current training programs, identify content gaps that need to be addressed, and create plans for your learning and development initiatives. We know this is not an easy process; sometimes it requires changing the way people do their jobs. A key part of our role is to figure out how to make that change as painless as possible.

Can Sublime Media help with technology issues?

We probably can. We don’t like saying “no”—there are always choices and different ways to get your message out. We will analyze your current processes and challenges and give you options for using your technology to your advantage.


Online Marketing Media

Online Marketing Media

Let us build your online presence.

We create strategic marketing media that uses
thoughtful narrative and interactivity to deliver
the right message the first time.

It’s a cliché, but it’s true: A picture says a thousand words. Visual representations tell the stories words wish they could. Focus your message, present it crisply, and you’ll get the results you’re looking for.

Placement Services

Placement Services

Need an instructional designer?

If you don’t have time to sift through resumes or you only
need an ID for the short term, let us help.

We have a wide-reaching network of the best IDs in the business, and we can help you find the perfect fit, whether it’s on-premises or remote.

Best of all, our IDs don’t operate in a vacuum. They have the knowledge and support of the rest of the Sublime team—graphic designers, developers, quality assurance, and strategic consulting—available with one call or IM. Our bench strength really sets us apart.

What Makes Us Different

What Makes Us Different

We take it personally.

Great learning—the kind that teaches, engages, and
exceeds business needs—doesn’t happen by accident.

It takes an experienced team with the right mix of creative talents and a real dedication to quality. At Sublime Media, we’re passionate about what we do and we take our work personally. Our focus is on creative design and instructional strategy. If you want the people taking your training to care about it, make sure the people making your training care too.

Almost all of our work comes as a result of client referrals. Clients tell us we’re easy to work with, we deliver what we promise (sometimes more), and we deliver when we promise it. And the thing we hear that makes us the happiest? That they’re proud of the end product. The people who know us best are the people who have worked with us, and we encourage you to talk with them. Here’s a sample.



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