Partnerships & Speaking
P.O. Box 550
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Adam J. Kurtz is an artist and author whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His books including 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion have been translated into over a dozen languages and his work has been featured in the New Yorker, VICE, Adweek and more.
Kurtz speaks frankly about channeling human emotion into our creative work, delivering lectures to conferences, organizations, and universities. His latest book, Things Are What You Make of Them is a handwritten essay collection that digs into the emotional realities of creative entrepreneurship.
ADAMJK® is an art and stationery brand focused on gifts that are fun, weird, sentimental, and often literal. These products have been sold everywhere from Urban Outfitters to MoMA Design Store and are available for wholesale at BuyOlympia.
"Blurring the line between artist and therapist"
"Master of the lightweight mood booster"
"Adam's words are filled with wit, warmth, wonder & wisdom"
"Bring a trash bag
Okay cool now that nobody's reading anymore, here's something in first person that's like, way more chill, etc.
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 call me ADAMJK, which is the name of my company and a registered trademark and like, my username-slash-initials and I think that is fine.
My design and illustration embraces the world with backhanded optimism and a dark sense of humor. I'm hopeful but realistic. I’m interested in the ephemera of daily life, cute little things, and creating honest, accessible work. But more than anything I want to have fun, even if I’m part of the joke.
I’ve previously held creative positions at Barton F. Graf, BuzzFeed, and others. I earned my degree in Graphic Design from UMBC. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada. I enjoy smiling at dogs. I love bread. I live in Brooklyn with my husband who is a writer. OK thanks!
Interviews & Press
Abrams Books, Adobe, American Express, Badoo, Brooklyn Public Library, Chronicle Books, Dr. Martens, Facebook, Fishs Eddy, frankie Magazine, General Mills, GIPHY, HP, Instagram, Laundry Service, L'Oreal, Mailchimp, Michelle Branch, Microsoft, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Penguin Random House, PepsiCo, Sharpie, SoulCycle, Super Deluxe, Strand Bookstore, Square, T-Mobile, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, Vans
Select Speaking History
99U Conference, Adobe MAX, RGD DesignThinkers, Facebook, Google, HOW, ICA/Boston, MICA, NGV Melbourne, OCAD, OFFF, RISD, Shopify, Twitter, More Info
Events & Workshops
Ace Hotel, Fnac, MoMA, Poketo, SFMOMA, Wix Design Playground