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Adam holding a pencil and microphone at a conference lecture in a photo by Mike Edmunds

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Animated photograph of Adam with copies of his book, Pick Me Up. Adam looks to camera and the image appears to wiggle creating a three-dimensional effect.
Positive press blurbs for Adam J. Kurtz from Vice, Bustle, and BuzzFeed.

About me (but in first person)

Originally from Toronto, I spent a decade in New York before moving to Honolulu with my husband. I sunburn easily. I love bread. I smile at dogs. I know every word to Michelle Branch's The Spirit Room. I’ve previously held creative positions at Barton F. Graf and others. I don't have a whole big team and I made this website myself.

I'm a creative person who has been making and sharing on the internet since my first fan website at twelve years old. After years of expressing myself online, I went to school for graphic design and learned to express myself slightly "too much" in more tangible forms.

My imperfect illustrative work embraces the world with "backhanded optimism" and a dark sense of humor. I'm hopeful but realistic. I'm "positivity-adjacent." I’m interested in the ephemera of daily life, a nice little thing that makes you feel better for some reason (that paper you keep in your wallet for three years) and creating honest, accessible work.

Many people call me Adam JK, which is the name of my Legal Business Entity® and like, my username so I think it's fine.

I don't have it all figured out, but if you can live a relatively-happy, creative life of making art that helps yourself and others, that's pretty fucking cool.

Visual Storytelling

Interview with Debbie Millman

Clients Include
Abrams Books, Adobe, American Express, Brooklyn Public Library, Chronicle Books, Dr. Martens, Fishs Eddy, HP, Instagram, L'Oreal, Mailchimp, Michelle Branch, Microsoft, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Penguin Random House, PepsiCo, Sharpie, T-Mobile, Urban Outfitters, Vans

Select Speaking & Events
99U Conference, Adobe MAX, AGDA Tour, Creative Works, DesignThinkers, Etsy, Facebook, Google, HOW Live, ICA/Boston, MICA, MoMA, NGV Melbourne, OCADU, OFFF, Pratt, RISD, SFMOMA, Shopify, Twitter, Wix, and plenty of other internal teams, schools, and spaces  •  More Info

Photo of Adam sitting on the ground, drawing with paint markers onto a glass window.
Photo of neon artwork. The artwork depicts a rainbow in bright colors, with text that reads
Animated image quickly cycles through various translated editions of Adam's book
Photograph of retail display that showcases a range of Adam's books and merchandise.