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.
As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple book will be a touchstone for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who wants to be more creative–even when it would be easier to give up and act normal.
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Release date: October 3rd, 2017
- 144 Full-Color Pages
- Thirteen Chapters
- Pocket Size (4.2" x 6.4")
- ISBN: 978-0143131519
Lightly perforated pages make it simple to cleanly tear out your favorite pages. Perfect for hanging, framing, or passing a bit of advice to someone who needs it!
Praise for Author Adam J. Kurtz
"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." Alanis Morissette
"Adam J. Kurtz is my fave therapist!" Tavi Gevinson
"Master of the playful, lightweight mood booster." BuzzFeed
"Blurring the line between artist and therapist." VICE
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October 5th – Baltimore, MD
Maryland Institute College of Art Lecture
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OFFF Festival Mexico
October 14th – Portland, OR
October 17th – San Francisco, CA
SFMOMA Afternoon Signing
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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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