P.O. Box 550, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Adam J. Kurtz, ADAMJK, Adam Kurtz
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

PRINT’s “15 Under 30” 2016
PRINT Best of NYC Design 2016
HOW Design Awards 2016


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. In addition to personal work, he’s collaborated on products for retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Strand Bookstore, and Fishs Eddy, and made work for companies including Pepsi, Adobe and the New York Times. In 2016, he was named one of PRINT Magazine’s “15 Under 30” New Visual Artists. Pick Me Up, his second book, was released by Penguin Random House in October 2016.


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 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.

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

Select Press & Interviews: Design Matters w/ Debbie Millman, The Creative Independent, Sweet Studio Tour, Konbini, PRINT 15 Under 30, Tattly, The Great Discontent, Inc., Sounds Good, Strange Ways, Lisa Congdon, ADWEEK, Design*Sponge, Huffington Post, Format, Urban Outfitters Studio Visit, BuzzFeed Brasil, OAK NYC, Booooooom, PAPER