P.O. Box 550, Brooklyn, NY 11211


born: toronto
raised: internet
now: new york 

email list: YES
instagram: yeah
twitter: sure
tumblr: yep
facebook: cool

I occasionally write:
Penguin USA
Thought Catalog
Unsolicited Advice

print & digital
hand lettering
animated .gifs
gift products
mail (in general)

I’m Adam J. Kurtz, but many people know me as ADAMJK. I’m a freelance designer, artist, and author currently based in New York.

I’m very interested in the ephemera of daily life, small tokens and (generally) positive messages. I’m focused on creating honest, accessible work through my self-produced gift shop as well as other collaborations. You could say my personal work is truly personal.

My first book 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion is now available through Penguin Random House, with worldwide editions via Companhia Das Letras, Plaza & Janes, and more.

I’ve previously held design & illustration positions at Barton F. Graf, BuzzFeed, Houpla Studio and Ads Next. I earned my BFA from UMBC in 2009.

Clients include:
Penguin Random House, Urban Outfitters, The New York Times, Warner Music Group, Companhia Das Letras, Friends of The High Line, Zagat, HP, The Strand Bookstore, Creative Mornings, Tattly, Brooklyn Public Library, AARP, Tumblr

Select Press & Interviews:
Design*Sponge (2015)
Huffington Post (2015)
Fast Company (2015)
Urban Outfitters Interview (2015)
Time Out New York (2015)
Format Magazine (2014)
Kickstarter Blog (2014)
Urban Outfitters Studio Visit (2014)
OAK Studio Session (2014)
Booooooom (2014)
IMPOSE Magazine (2013)
ADWEEK (2013)
adamjk guest intern (2012)
PAPER (2012)