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.
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.
- 144 Full-Color Pages
- Thirteen Handwritten Chapters
- Pocket Size (4.2" x 6.4")
- Lightly perforated pages
- ISBN: 978-0143131519
Praise for Things Are
"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, host of Design Matters
"All of Adam J. Kurtz's words are filled with wit, warmth, wonder and wisdom."
Select Press Coverage
- September 30th – New Orleans, LA
- October 3rd – Worldwide
Livestream w/ Tavi Gevinson
- October 5th – Baltimore, MD
Maryland Institute College of Art Lecture
- October 6-7th – Mexico City, MX
OFFF Festival Mexico
- October 14th – Portland, OR
- October 15th – Portland, OR
Ace Hotel Book Reading
- October 17th – San Francisco, CA
SFMOMA Afternoon Signing
- October 18th – San Francisco, CA
Park Life Book Reading
- October 19th – San Francisco, CA
Facebook HQ Lecture
- October 20th – Las Vegas, NV
Adobe Max Marketplace
- November 1st – Philadelphia, PA
Urban Outfitters: Walnut St.
- November 2nd – Washington, DC
Urban Outfitters: Georgetown
- November 18-19th – New York, NY
Renegade Craft Fair
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.
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