Adam J. Kurtz  P.O. Box 550, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Adam J. Kurtz, ADAMJK, Adam Kurtz
Photo by Daniel Seung Lee



“Internet famous” – Refinery29
“Profoundly clever” – Peter Saville
“Author and artist” – The New Yorker
“Bring a trash bag of Zoloft” – Fast Company


Adam J. Kurtz (aka @adamjk) is a designer, artist and author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up, which have been published in over a dozen languages each. His “very personal” work for clients like Strand Bookstore and Urban Outfitters has been featured in NYLON, PRINT, VICE, BuzzFeed and more.


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, HP, Michelle Branch, New York Times, Penguin Random House, Pepsi, Strand Bookstore, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, Warner Music