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Michael Janda

Designer, Author, Agency Owner, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Creative Consultant

What I Do

All this and I can juggle too.

RiSER – A Creative Agency

RiSER – A Creative Agency

I founded my design agency, RiSER, in 2002. We have successfully completed over 1,500 projects for our illustrious client list that includes Disney, Google, NBC, ABC, FOX, National Geographic and more.
Burn Your Portfolio – Book

Burn Your Portfolio – Book

My first book, Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should, was published by Peachpit Press in 2013. This book and a Mac are staples in any creatives toolkit. 
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I am happy to share some of the nuggets of wisdom I have learned while growing my agency. I love to speak about entreprenuership and design at universities and creative industry events.
Anatomy of a Design Proposal

Anatomy of a Design Proposal

Want to create “project-landing” proposals? With over 2,000 design proposals under my belt it was time to document the process. This e-book, published by Peachpit, shares the secrets to proposal success. 


Is your booming freelance business causing you more stress than joy? I have walked a mile in your shoes. I help creatives grow in their careers through a mentoring program structured to meet your needs. 


Bragify is a social media web app launched by my agency, RiSER. Bragify empowers its customers to aggregate, moderate, and market social media content. 

"...my most favorite people on earth. I appreciate how responsive and quick you are! BTW – I shared a lot of your work with my global teams in Europe this morning and Asia Pacific last night – the response is “we love it” – when can we get it here!?"

Barbara Y., Google

"It’s been a pleasure working with your Riser team! Thank you for being so responsive throughout the process and accommodating our request and changes. I’m extremely excited about interactive sites especially after seeing the wireframes and chatting with Josh. I know the build out will be awesome!"

Marlene T., Google

"It’s refreshing to work with you guys – fast response and you’re always very consultative."

Adam S., Google

"Looks great! It's been a pleasure working with you!! Best agency ever! Seriously, this website was the easiest project Jean and I have ever worked on."

Jamie K., Pepsi

"I think I am going to cry...these are beautiful...not sure how they will work yet, but damn, you guys are good!! I need to let others view them and then we need to discuss how they will actually work for students...you have exceeded my expectations immeasurably!!! If I can find $$ to re-do ALL my Explorer web sites next year, you are my designers!!! NO CONTEST!!"

Nikki L., National Geographic

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A designer’s adventures in agency ownership, book writing, and consulting.

Clients & Brands

Over the course of my career I have had the privilege of working
with some of the greatest brands in the world.

  • Disney Logo
  • Google
  • NBC Logo
  • Warner Bros. Logo
  • ABC
  • FOX Logo
  • Bratz Logo
  • You Tube Logo
  • TV Guide
  • LEGO Logo