Things Are What You Make of Them

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


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. He’s one of PRINT Magazine’s “15 Under 30” and a 2017 Webby Awards Honoree.


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