Posts Tagged: Creative

Senior Show(s).

Last week students and professors from Northwest Nazerene’s design program paid Rizen a visit. We always enjoy when students come by to see our space and learn more about who we are and what we do. After a brief overview of our shop and our underdog philosophy, student questions ranged from our current work to… Read more »


Have you ever wonder exactly HOW productive you are throughout the day? Thanks to RescueTime app, now you can know exactly what you spend your time doing, and how much of your day you’ve wasted. This super handy app runs in the background of your computer tracking all of your behavior. Then it puts together… Read more »


During our busy work hours, we sometimes like to tune into RadioLab to zone out and get focused while listening to some pretty cool podcasts. Interviews, stories and scientific research are showcased through video and sound clips, leaving us to learn quite a bit in a pretty short amount of time. So while sketching this… Read more »

Pencil vs. Mouse.

We have been doing a lot of pencil work lately before ever touching our Macs. And honestly, it has been refreshing. The smell of the eraser, the glow of the light table, and the sound of the pencil sharpener has been constant for the last week. Living in that world of lead forced us to… Read more »

Don’t bother me, I’m coding.

Anyone who has ever looked one line, or a many lines of code in web development understands that it requires a great deal of focus. Keeping that in mind, we try to avoid interrupting our programmer (John Briggs) while he is “in the zone.” Thankfully, the folks at Fair Goods and designer and hand lettering… Read more »

A great “underdog” reminder.

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand Ayn Rand was an American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Tricking your competitor to advertise for you!

DHL recently pulled off an ingenious marketing shtick by using their competitors, including UPS, to unknowingly advertise for them. Using thermal-activated ink, DHL painted boxes with a hidden message and then scheduled deliveries of the boxes by their competitors. When the competitors picked up the boxes they were completely blacked out, but as temperatures warmed… Read more »

Taking a unique look at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place) in progress.

The Rizen crew had an opportunity this week to take a walking tour of the JUMP construction site. The progress is amazing both above and below ground. We feel fortunate to be associated and working with such an extraordinary development that will enhance Boise’s culture, downtown and skyline. Enjoy the view!