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.

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.

Look inside with the digital sampler (PDF).

Book Details

Release date: October 3rd, 2017

  • Paperback
  • 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!

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TarcherPerigee will donate $1 for every book ordered before 10/3/17 to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, working for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.

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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

Select Press Coverage

Can This One Short Book About Creativity Help You Be Happier at Work, and in Life? Adweek

Adam J. Kurtz Has Used The Internet To Make The Best Of Things Bustle

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Events

September 9-10th – New York, NY
RuPaul's DragCon

September 30th – New Orleans, LA
VenturePOP Conference

October 3rd – The Internet
Livestream Launch Event (Details TBA)

October 5th – Baltimore, MD
Maryland Institute College of Art Lecture

October 7th – Mexico City, MX
OFFF Festival Mexico

October 14th – Portland, OR
WeMake Conference

October 17th – San Francisco, CA
SFMOMA Afternoon Signing

October 20th – Las Vegas, NV
Adobe Max Marketplace
Things Are What You Make of Them

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Order your copy of Things Are What You Make of Them from any retailer before October 3rd, 2017 and receive special bonus rewards! Pre-orders have a real impact and will help this book find a wider audience in bookstores worldwide.

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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.

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