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Burn Your Portfolio

It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the real-world practices, professional do’s and don’ts, and unwritten rules of business that most designers, photographers, web designers, copy writers, programmers, and architects only learn after putting in years of experience on the job. Continue reading…

Wing it 'til you make it

Wing it ’til you make it

Following a lecture I gave at The University of Southern Mississippi back in January a student asked me the following question, “I’ve heard the phrase, ‘fake it ’til you make it,’ how much of that played into your success?” I responded to the question for a few minutes, but in short my answer was, “I never once ‘faked it.’ I did, however ‘wing it’ quite regularly.” Continue reading…

You can be employed and still be an entrepreneur.

You Can Be Employed and Still Be an Entrepreneur

A few months ago I had lunch with a soon-to-graduate college student looking for advice. He wanted so badly to launch his own company and had a few ideas in various phases of execution. I could tell from our conversation that he held “entrepreneurs” up on a pedestal. He made comments like, “I just struggle with the idea of working for someone else” and “I’d rather start my own business than get a job.” Continue reading…

5 Things We Look For In Job Interviews

5 Things We Look for in Job Interviews

A few months ago my management team and I were discussing converting one our our talented interns into a full-time employee. As a small business, we don’t take this lightly at RiSER. Our objective is to hire people who will be with us for a long time in a mutually beneficial relationship. As such, I did a little soul searching to determine our hiring strategy and landed on this analysis when considering adding a member to our team. Continue reading…

Best of State Medals

RiSER Nabs 3 More Best of State Awards

Since our first submission and win of the prestigious Best of State Award in 2009, RiSER has amassed an admirable quantity of awards. The 2014 results are posted and RiSER is the proud recipient of three new medals bringing our total count to 15 Best of State Awards. This year RiSER was voted top in the state for Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia, and Web Design. The award gala on June 4th will reveal whether we are lucky enough to receive a twin brother to our BOSS Statue which we won in 2011 for the Science and Technology category. Continue reading…

Picking Up & Dropping Off

Portfolio: Picking Up & Dropping Off Official Movie Site

The official movie site for “Picking Up & Dropping Off” starring Scott Wolf and Amanda Detmer. The movie made its debut on ABC Family. Michael Janda (in the early days of building his agency, RiSER) was hired to design and build the promotional site which featured information about the movie, an interactive photo gallery, an embedded movie trailer, and cast/character bios. Continue reading…

Crimes of Fashion

Portfolio: “Crimes of Fashion” Movie Website

In the early days of my agency, RiSER, ABC Family was my biggest client. I designed and programmed countless website to help drive tune-in to their television shows and movies. This ABC Family Original Movie, Crimes of Fashion, starred Kaley Cuoco, Dominic Chianese (from the Sopranos), and the soon-to-be-sensation, Megan Fox. The interactive site featured movie information, character bios, a photo gallery, and embedded video. Continue reading…