P.O. Box 550, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Photo by David Brookton
Photo by David Brookton



“Internet famous”
– Refinery29

“Profoundly clever”
– Peter Saville

“Author and artist”
– The New Yorker

“Bring a trash bag of Zoloft”
– Fast Company

Clients include:
AARP, Adobe, Brooklyn Public Library, Flavorpill, HP, Pepsi, Refinery29, Strand Bookstore, Tattly, the New York Times, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, Warner Music Group

Select Press & Interviews:
Sounds Good, Strange Ways, Lisa Congdon, ADWEEK, Design*Sponge, Huffington Post, Format, Urban Outfitters Studio Visit, BuzzFeed Brasil, OAK NYC, Booooooom, PAPER

Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based artist and author whose first book, 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion, has been translated into fifteen languages.

His “very personal” personal work has been featured in Fast Company, PAPER, NYLON, BuzzFeed, HOW, Refinery29, Design*Sponge and elsewhere. He has collaborated with brands like Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, Fishs Eddy, Strand Bookstore and Brooklyn Public Library, and worked for clients including the New York Times, Pepsi and Adobe.

OK now that we got that shit out of the way: I call myself an artist because nobody has time for my multi-hyphenate reality. I’m a designer-illustrator-AD-author-writer-brand???-thing. Many people just call me ADAMJK, the brand name for my a gift product line and like, my username. I also write a monthly column for Design*Sponge.

My design and illustration work embraces the world with optimism… and dark sense of humor. I’m truly interested in the ephemera of daily life and creating honest, accessible work. But more than anything I like to have fun, even if I’m (part) (of) (the) (joke).

I’ve previously held creative positions at Barton F. Graf, BuzzFeed, Houpla and Ads Next. I earned my BFA in Visual Arts/Design from UMBC in 2009. I’m originally from Toronto and I love bread.