Best Adam J. Kurtz books

Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 9.46

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"Funny, wry, straightforward advice" Adweek "Serving up optimism and hope" NYLON  "A colorful, encouraging companion" Forbes "Advice from someone who's been there" Teen Vogue

Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else). 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, vibrantly full-color 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.

Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 9.19

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An intimate and engaging journal that offers a pick-me-up on every page. Feeling lonely? Pensive? Peeved? Questioning? This deceptively simple book offers perspective, hope, and a twist of existential metaphor - and is perfect to pick up again and again.

Unlike a linear journal, this book can be opened up to any page, encouraging and engaging readers time and time again through continued use. Rather than simply complete tasks and turn pages, users are encouraged to leave their mark, and if they land on the same page days or weeks later, they can review, reflect, and revise their previous response. Perfect for anyone who loves to explore ideas, record thoughts and feelings, and capture those fleeting but amazing moments of everyday life.
  
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THINGS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM: Life Advice For Creatives - Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up. Available October 2017.

Unsolicited Advice 2018: Weekly Planner

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 15

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Unsolicited Advice is a pocket-size dated agenda that gives you space to plan your life with encouragement, tiny handwritten advice, and jokes (that literally nobody asked for).

Now available in this softcover edition (with bonus pages at the end!) after completely selling out everywhere else. If you're not familiar with this annual project read on below for all the fun details. 

Wait... another year? Didn't we literally just do this? 
I swear it was 2016 like five minutes ago but here we are, getting ready to do it again. We'll be challenged, we'll celebrate, we'll set goals, screw up, and chase them again. Life is hard sometimes but I feel like it is, you know, worth it. If you're like me, the new year is a time of reflection and planning, when everything feels especially possible.

Give yourself the tools you need to "succeed" (whatever that means).
Sure, there are apps for this, but there's no substitute for a paper planner, which not only holds up to 365 days of data, but also doesn't require a secure wifi connection. There's something special about putting pen or pencil to paper, and that's also why there are about a million planners and agendas out there.

Why are planners boring, expensive or both?
Cheap planners are easy to find but have literally zero personality. Fancy planners might have like, revolutionary new layouts or colorful tabs or whatever but they also can be so nice that you're afraid to write in them. It's like, I'm trying to get my shit together and it's going to be a little messy and I just need to feel supported by someone who gets me, you know?

A simple, no-nonsense* planner you can actually use.
It's small, it's lightweight, it's cool but not too cool, and it's not too precious. This planner has evolved since 2011 and strikes the exact right balance between a functional planner and the weird little DIY "planner and life coach" it grew from. I'm 90% sure you'll actually use this thing all year. Fun activity pages in the beginning help you set your goals, but like, only if you want to. Favorites like the "Instant Grams" emergency social posts are back again, and throughout the year I'll surprise you with activity pages every few weeks. Each new month starts with a full page calendar grid to cross off the days as they go, and a monthly goals writing page. The actual weekly spreads put the focus on you, so there's enough open space that you can plan ahead, or use this as a dated diary to recap your life as it happens. I'll pop in to offer advice, doodles, moon cycles, mercury retrograde warnings, holidays (all the real ones plus some of the fake ones), and an end-of-week catch up section.

It's child-ish, but not for children.
My brand of "backhanded optimism" does contain some expletives so this book might not be for all the people in your life. If you're okay with the occasional reminder to "cheer the f*** up" or plan all your "exciting s*** happening," then you and I are gonna get along great!

*does actually contain some nonsense lol

1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 5.89

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Every day is a chance to create something new for yourself. Put down your phone and pick up a pencil. Give yourself some space. The Internet will still be there. Start with one page at a time, and you'll be surprised at just how much you can create.

Each of the 365 prompts in 1 Page at a Time will encourage you to draw, write, list, reflect, and share. It's a journal, scrapbook & anything else. This book is your new best friend. It's whatever you say it is. Slowly fill the book and by the time it's done, you'll have a perfect keepsake of the year you made it through.

Over 100,000 copies sold! Now available in red, blue, and yellow covers.
 
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THINGS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM: Life Advice For Creatives - Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up. Available October 2017.

Adam J. Kurtz Then and Now Undated 12-Month Agenda with Stickers

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 7.6

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Created by Adam J. Kurtz, graphic designer, artist and author of the international bestseller 1 Page at a Time, this agenda is whatever you want to make of it. It’s undated so start any time. Start now! Just fill in dates as you go and don’t stress out if you miss a week here and there. Track the good stuff, scribble out the bad, count your blessings or vent a little—it’s just paper and there’s plenty of it, so take as much space as you need. Weekly spreads, monthly pages and tiny reminders will keep you focused on your goals… maybe?? If not, the elastic closure, inside pocket and six sticker pages in the back should do the trick.
 
Life can be a lot sometimes. Plan ahead so you have things to look forward to and don’t worry about the past because that was then and this is now.

Adam J. Kurtz What I Am Trying to Say to You: 30 Cards (Postcard Book with Stickers): 30 Cards to Post and Share

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 7.32

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Everyone’s always celebrating something or accomplishing goals or whatever and it’s exhausting! Years ago, you had days or weeks to send a card. Now you have seconds to reply. To relieve the pressure, Adam J. Kurtz, graphic designer, artist and author of the international bestseller 1 Page at a Time, has created a book of 30 postcards (and a bonus sticker sheet!) that will help you say what you need to express, but maybe can’t. Send them via post (like with a stamp) or snap a pic to text or post online. (You can even just hang them up and look at them??) No matter how you communicate, they’re here to help.

1 Page at a Time (Blue): A Daily Creative Companion

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 6.2

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Every day is a chance to create something new for yourself. Put down your phone and pick up a pencil. Give yourself some space. The Internet will still be there. Start with one page at a time, and you'll be surprised at just how much you can create.

Each of the 365 prompts in 1 Page at a Time will encourage you to draw, write, list, reflect, and share. It's a journal, scrapbook & anything else. This book is your new best friend. It's whatever you say it is. Slowly fill the book and by the time it's done, you'll have a perfect keepsake of the year you made it through.

Now available in red, blue, and yellow covers!
 
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THINGS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM: Life Advice For Creatives - Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up. Available October 2017.

1 Page at a Time (Red): A Daily Creative Companion

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 10.63

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Every day is a chance to create something new for yourself. Put down your phone and pick up a pencil. Give yourself some space. The Internet will still be there. Start with one page at a time, and you'll be surprised at just how much you can create.

Each of the 365 prompts in 1 Page at a Time will encourage you to draw, write, list, reflect, and share. This book is your new best friend. Let's get started!

Now available in red, blue, and yellow!
 
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THINGS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM: Life Advice For Creatives - Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up. Available October 2017.

Adam J. Kurtz Notebooks (Set of 4)

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 5.97

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Track plans, jot down reminders, scribble confessions, and anything else that comes to mind with this set of pocket-sized notebooks created by Adam J. Kurtz, graphic designer, artist and author of the international bestseller 1 Page at a Time. Each of the four notebooks has a bright, textured cover and a different interior (one is lined, one has graph paper, one has a dot grid, and the other is completely blank).

Esto es mucho más que un diario

Adam J. Kurtz

Best price for this book: $ 15.02

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