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"Everything you can imagine is real." Pablo Picasso

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Welcome to imagen8, where creative imagination becomes a virtual reality in the world of Web Design and Interactive Media.

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From humble new beginnings, to a dynamic new media.


Includes international (UK) material.

Honors and Awards

Blowing one's own horn.


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The web is a very dynamic platform with infinite possibilities, and while the content's messages remain similar in style, its current trends in hardware and software formats are what govern how the content design is applied and viewed.

As a unique communication tool, the worldwide web remains as the largest, fastest, and most powerful base with the broadest selection of media possibilities for reaching customers/clients/groups etc., on a global scale. This is a true multimedia experience, and is the guideline in which imagen8 follows.

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From humble new beginnings

portrait of the designer

While completing a course in video editing towards the end of 2000, I was introduced to the world of interactive media. Macromedia was the software of the day, which comprised of a bundle that included "Dreamweaver," "Flash" (version 5), "Freehand" (a precursor to Adobe's Illustrator), and my all-time favorite piece of software "Director" (version 8.5), the finest authoring tool that sent a shockwave all over the Web. Also a time when Photoshop 6 was the defining moment in taking photography out of the darkroom and into the new millennium. Digital photography had seen the light.

Many newer versions of the software have sculptured the (inter) face of the Web over the last couple of decades, and many of the old familiar names remain as powerful and creative tools, shaping the dynamic appeal of the Web, disks, and kiosks.

To dynamic new media

My dedication to web design and interactive media gained me a distinction in a Higher National Diploma while I was living in the UK. This gradually lead me to the U.S., and eventually in earning a "Web Design and Interactive Media" BSc degree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. It had been a long and arduous period of study, mixing work with pleasure, but a journey that was none-the-less worthwhile.

A journey that has lead me around the world (www), and one that has left me well prepared for the new journey's ahead. It is my pleasure to offer you a glimpse of my work both in class, and in the professional environment. So without further ado, it is time to think "not what I can do with the software," but what the software can do with my imagination.

Mark Sambrook. BSc. Web Design and Interactive Media.

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Professional Profile:

Highly motivated self starter with a healthy array of experience in the image and design industry. Graduated in the field of "Web Design and Interactive Media," and in possession of fresh enthusiasm, and a positive drive geared towards a full-time position in web and interactive design.

Initial profession as a photographer in the Royal Air Force, undertaking highly specialized work both in air and ground (traditional) photography. Such wealth of experience was later exploited towards freelance photography in the commercial sphere. It was during the change-over to digital photography that I became involved with all other forms of digital media (video, illustration, graphic design, and animation).

My other early profession was that as a printer, a by-product of military logic (photography - lithography). They sounded similar, therefore, they were similar. However, I learned all aspects of lithographic work, which included type-setting, film and plate production, printing, bindery work, and graphic design. The later became an important aspect in my web design work.

Overall I have achieved a wide variety of work experience along with both technical and educational qualifications that accumulated towards a very versatile designer in the broad field of multi media and digital design.

Professional Experience:

Started career in the Royal Air Force as an air photographer, specializing in the production of "air-to-ground" air-film and print for reconnaissance photography. Later remustering to "ground photographer," specializing in all forms of traditional photography.

Later photographic work experience included a number of commissions in freelance photojournalism, and commercial work including wedding and portraiture.

Gained lithographic experience in graphic and print production for small commercial print-shops. Majority of time spent on the print production side, from small to large offset printers (single and multicolor).

Gained "multimedia diploma" and targeted freelance work in multimedia and CD production prior to leaving the UK.

Held various "print production" positions in the local WNY area, along with photographic positions.

Undertook part-time study (online) for my Bachelors in "Web Design and Interactive Media" while maintaining full-time employment in various unrelated fields.

Main source of web design work through freelance positions, designing small websites for small local companies.

Technical Skills:

  • Traditional film and digital photography/videography qualifications and experience.
  • Analogue and non-linear video editing qualification and production experience.
  • Experience with Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro video editing software.
  • Web production experience with:-
  • Quark
  • Macromedia Director
  • Freehand
  • 3D Max
  • Broad experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including:-
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Flash
  • Acrobat Pro
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Director
  • Captivate
  • Intermediate experience with:-
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Word
  • Powerpoint
  • Scripting experience with:-
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Actionscript
  • Javascript
  • HTML5
  • CSS3

Education and Qualifications:

City & Guilds: London.

  • Subject: Photography/Video Editing.
  • Grade: Distinction.
  • Certification.
  • Coursework included film production with analogue and digital video editing. Link to final coursework production The Mumbles deRail

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

  • Subject: Web Design and Interactive Media.
  • Grade: Bachelor of Science Degree. GPA 3.83
  • Degree:
  • Coursework included programming and scripting with HTML, CSS, JQuery, Actionscript, AJAX, and Javascript. Database with PHP and MySQL, Theory and Practice in Interactive System Design, Video for Interactive Media, Advanced Web Scripting, Advanced Web Development, Digital Photography for Interactive Media.

Ongoing study

  • Current "online self-study" at edx.org
  • HTML5 Coding Essentials and Best Practices | Certified
  • HTML5 Advanced Techniques for Designing HTML5 Apps | Certified
  • CSS Basics | Certified
  • Introduction to Project Management | Certified
  • JavaScript Introduction | Current ongoing study
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Honors and Awards

City & Guilds:

Awarded in 2001, one year prior to coming to the USA, I successfully gained certification in video/photography (with a distinction) with the "City & Guilds" (London) Certificate. A link to my final project can be viewed on the "Video" page, or by clicking/tapping on the following link: The Mumbles DeRail

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City & Guilds of London certificate


After a number of arduous terms at the Art Institute I was elected into the National Technical Honor Society, a privilege that is offered to students who have displayed outstanding character and achievement in their time at the Institute.

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National Technical Honor Society certification

Honor Roll:

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, nothing makes us prouder than the academic success of our students. Today we are very proud to inform you that you have made the Honor Roll! Congratulations on all the hard work you have put in to reach this impressive achievement. We encourage you to keep up the good work on your way to graduation.

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Honor Roll certificate

BSc. Degree:

My "Bachelor of Science Degree" in "Web Design and Interactive Media," earned at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (Online Division) and awarded on the 12th of November, 2014.

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BSc Degree

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Location: Western New York.

email: mark@imagen8.com | Telephone: 716 353 6839

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