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 is a designer, artist and the author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to his “very personal” personal work, he’s collaborated with brands and cultural institutions like Urban Outfitters, the Brooklyn Public Library, Fishs Eddy and Strand Bookstore.


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, Pepsi, Strand Bookstore, Tattly, the New York Times, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, Warner Music