Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz
Things Are What You Make of Them: This brilliant, life-affirming book is chock full of audacious advice to help creative people make sense of rejection, failure, false starts, fame, happiness and collaborations. –Debbie Millman

Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else) from the bestselling author of 1 Page at a Time.

With a foreword by Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge.
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Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives

Things Are What You Make of Them

From the creative mind and heart of designer Adam J. Kurtz comes this upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular essays, this handwritten and heartfelt book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. Perforated tear-and-share pages make it easy to display themost crucial reminders or to pass a bit of advice on to someone who needs it.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • 144 Full-Color Pages
  • Thirteen Handwritten Chapters
  • Pocket Size (4.2" x 6.4")
  • Lightly perforated pages
  • ISBN: 978-0143131519


Artist/author Adam J. Kurtz Author photo by Daniel Seung Lee

About The Author

Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based 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.

Author Links

Adam J. Kurtz Website
ADAMJK Gift Shop

Author Newsletter:

Things Are What You Make of Them

Using Our Art for Good

Our book preorder campaign (and followup Pride Month campaign) have raised over $9,000 for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, working for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.

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