It’s party time! Join me and friends in Brooklyn to celebrate the launch of my new book 1 Page at a Time. Comedian Kate Berlant will perform a set, followed by a dialogue about “design for good” with superstar designer & art director Jessica Walsh. Free booze & I can sign your book maybe.
10:01 am • 1 October 2014 • 12 notes
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1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion is just 1 month away!
Pre-order now to receive an award ribbon and other surprises from me, plus a head start on a year’s worth of prompts, activities, dumb jokes, sarcastic notes, internet humor, and cautious optimism to help you make it through.
Here’s a little more:
10:17 am • 8 September 2014 • 155 notes
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Just realized I only have five of these lapel pins left… they’re kinda pricey to get made (a large minimum order) so I’m not sure when I’ll have them again. Thought I’d mention it in case you had been thinking about getting one before.
7:25 pm • 5 September 2014 • 172 notes
#for sale #jk #pins #design #talking about feelings
This week’s post has put me at the 3-year mark in my week in scraps project!
One little change, I’m going to start uploading images at twice the size so you can snoop on the details a little bit better. This week’s is the first where you can click-through and read menu prices and that sort of thing.
9:28 pm • 2 September 2014 • 65 notes
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week in scraps:
- booze & ice cream at shoo-fly diner
- labor day weekend social calendar
- a tiny measuring cup at trohv
- chicken sliders & cappuccino chips at royal farms
- two crepes at sofi’s
- barbecue supplies at eddie’s market
- admission for three at skateland
- brunch at the food market
- a very incorrect receipt at paper moon diner (why would you ever order the nachos?)
9:12 pm • 2 September 2014 • 25 notes
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Anonymous said: Will you talk about your time at UMBC? Why you might have liked and disliked it? and specifically it's visual arts program.
Feel like I say this a lot, but I prefer questions like this to not be anonymous. I’ll reply directly, or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) — I actually will reply!
So, UMBC. This was a great school for me, and I directly attribute a lot of my current life to my time there. It’s also the only college I applied to, someone told me they had a design program and University of Maryland didn’t. It turned out to be a very good choice, because the smaller size allowed me to really flourish. It’s easier to accomplish more when you get specialized attention and there’s less competition.
The Visual Arts program was pretty good. That is how I will describe it. Art education is strange, because you can teach methodology, technique, and history, but you can’t teach vision or talent. You can’t grade creativity, just problem-solving. I had some art professors that I loved (Peggy Re, Laure Drogoul, Guenet Abraham) and others I didn’t care for. Design moves fast and I found that some professors were more in tune with modern software and others threw you into the deep end. Both approaches work but your success depends on how you learn.
Other art programs are definitely a stronger foundation. But it’s undergrad. You’re going to mess up, you’re going to be busy learning about yourself. UMBC is an environment full of people vastly different than you are. Hang out with athletes and public policy nerds and biologists. Take courses that have nothing to do with what you think art is. Don’t take “History of Music” as a “soft option” Humanities course, it’s a trap! There’s also a very strong Computer Science department and you should be learning as much about web development as you can. Then consider an MFA from another institution to get real arty if you need to later. I wish I had better programming skills. I am considering an MFA myself sometime.
I will say this every single time I talk about UMBC: Most of my education came from working at commonvision. I learned practical skills, designing with production in mind, managing actual deadlines, dealing with clients in a “safe” environment, and benefitted from a ton of smart people around me. We had a ton of fun, we planned and curated events. I chaired Art Week in 2009. I made my first postcard designs at commonvision, I printed my first Unsolicited Advice planner there. I’m not saying that “everything I’ve ever done is because of commonvision,” but I’m also not saying that. It was the single most important part of my time at UMBC.
But really, no matter what you do or where you go, you need to involve yourself. You will get out what you put in. If you want to coast and get a piece of paper, go for it. But you’re wasting your time. I did everything from campus radio to a recruitment web series where I hung out with the college president on the roof. I designed the student handbook & probably a hundred posters, flyers, and signs. I got to explore my own styles and see them plastered around campus. I ate a lot of free popcorn. UMBC gave me a ton, but I can confidently say I gave plenty back.
11:52 am • 25 July 2014 • 29 notes
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"memory preserves what happened in life and also what happened in the life of the mind."
from night thoughts, by sarah arvio
cover design by malingabriella
1:59 pm • 10 July 2014 • 57 notes
#design #inspiration #books #colours
You guys!!!! 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion is coming out in exactly 3 months from Perigee Books (Penguin Random House).
This book is everything I’ve been doing and saying, internet humor and self-care and stupidity and unknown spaces and “things are what you make of them” and everything that matters to me. It feels crazy that I even made a book but I am so grateful for all of your support and this opportunity it’s lead to.
There’s plenty more to come, sneak peeks, giveaways, launch events, other editions, and plenty more gifs. The countdown has officially begun!
I know it seems early, but pre-orders matter for first week sales. It’s “a big deal.” So if you know you’re going to want a copy, or you know people who would love this, you can pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Penguin Books, Powell’s Books, or anywhere else.
8:08 am • 7 July 2014 • 54 notes
#1 Page at a Time #perigee books #Adam J. Kurtz #jk1page #illustration #design #books #adamjk