Adam J. Kurtz’s Work Is Honest and Accessible

Adam J. Kurtz’s Instagram bio reads: “I literally do not know what I’m doing.” But with almost 300k followers, he kinda does. The designer, author, illustrator, and creative director makes varied content that many people can relate to, adding a bit of optimism and a tad of irony to your otherwise bland feed. His short punchlines are both honest and accessible, and god knows our feed craves some honesty.

“Knowing that life is difficult and that you can’t control things, allows you to make informed, but also really open-ended, choices,” he shared with The Great Discontent. “The phrase ‘things are what you make of them,’ comes up in my work all of the time, because it’s literally my guiding voice; both in my personal and professional life. It’s helped keep me going, but I think it’s also helped keep me safe.”

“People are always saying how vulnerable I am, and I think, Am I? The truth is, a lot of us are really vulnerable. In real-life conversations, or in a 2am tweet. I don’t think I’m any more honest or vulnerable than anyone else,” he adds.

Aside from his day to day work, Kurtz also runs an art and stationery brand, focused on gifts that are fun, weird, sentimental, and often literal. Those are sold in places like Urban Outfitters to MoMA Design Store, proving that the hype is real!

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Life is a little bit… hard… but my 2019 weekly planner is here to help push you through the new year with encouragement and nagging and reminders all year long! It’s my 8th year doing this and I’m so happy to introduce it to some of you for the first time, but also to be bringing it back for people who’ve been using it for years. It’s just nice enough, not so fancy or expensive that you’ll be afraid to use it and then beat yourself up for “wasting” pages. It’s available on Amazon for $14.40 — plus take an extra $5 off a $20+ book purchase with the code GIFTBOOK18 through December 23rd. Links in my bio of course 🤗 . PLANNER DETAILS: • 8" x 5.25" softcover book • 190 pages of planner (Jan — Dec 2019) • Weekly spreads with plenty of space to plan or reflect • Monthly grids and goal setting and end-of-week check-ins • Moon cycles, mercury retrograde, and horoscope seasons • Lined pages at the end for extra notes and writing • Year overview grid (aka the much-requested period tracker!) • Surprise activities, bad drawings, and small encouragement to get you through the year . FAQS: • I’m only doing the perfect-bound this year, no coils, but the margins are wider so there’s room to breathe • This is self-published and not available in bookstores, and will not be translated by my usual foreign publishers I’m sorry! • It’s printed in small batches by Amazon which makes it way more accessible for you and simpler for me. I hope that the free shipping in many countries helps! However not every Amazon site participates in the print to order service so Australia, India, and others will need to order from Amazon.com or another reseller like BookDepository.com (who offer free worldwide shipping!) . #unsololicitedadvice2019 #unsolicitedadvice #planneraddict #plannercommunity #stationeryaddict #stationerylover #weeklyplanner #everythingwillbesogoodsosoon

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