Adam J. Kurtz  •  •  P.O. Box 550, Brooklyn, NY 11211
New work, brand partnerships, and speaking –


Adam J. Kurtz, ADAMJK, Adam Kurtz
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Adam J. Kurtz (aka @adamjk) is an artist and author whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His first book, 1 Page at a Time, has been translated into over a dozen languages. His “very personal” work for clients like Strand Bookstore and Urban Outfitters has been featured in NYLON, VICE, Adweek and more.

His newest book, Things Are What You Make of Them is available now from Penguin Random House.


I call myself an artist because nobody has time for my multi-hyphenate reality. I’m a designer-author-illustrator-creativedirector-writer-smallpress-brand??? Many people just call me ADAMJK, the name of my a gift product line and like, my username. In addition to my personal and freelance work, I also write a Design*Sponge column, host a weird little Skillshare course, and speak “candidly” to students and professionals about channeling emotion into original creative work.

My design and illustration embraces the world with optimism… and a 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 others. I earned my BFA in Visual Arts/Design from UMBC in 2009. I’m originally from Toronto and I love bread.

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Clients include: Adobe, Brooklyn Public Library, Instagram, Michelle Branch, New York Times, Penguin Random House, Pepsi, Sharpie, Strand Bookstore, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, WMG