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

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:
Tattly, Inc., The Great Discontent, 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. A second book, Pick Me Up, will be 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-illustrator-AD-author-writer-brand??? 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, host a Skillshare course, and speak (“candidly”) to students and professionals about channeling emotion into creative work.

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.