Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist.
The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.
His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.
Portland's Colorful Mural Festival is Changing the Face of the City
Biwa's Perfect Summer Drink is Powered by Shochu
Dipping into Portland's Best Guacamole
Mastering the Art of Home-Brewed Kombucha
TAKE THE PLUNGE
The 10 Best Beaches, Rivers, and Pools Around Portland
Kim Jong Grillin’ Opens Second Food Cart in Northeast Portland
Superstar Norwegian Architects Will Reveal the New James Beard Market This Week
Drink in Style: Portland's New Beer Gear
Trophy Case: July's Best Local Stuff
Upgrade Your Picnic Hot Dogs with Stellar Toppings and Sides
3 Local Bottle Companies Beg You to Ditch the Plastic
A Drinking Guide to Oregon Vermouth for Your Home Bar
The Genius Scandinavian Architects Making Portland’s Public Market
Spread the Spring with Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam
The Easiest Pasta Recipe of All Time
Behind the Bar: Shaker Secrets from PDX's Master Cocktail Brains
Sweet Secrets from Portland's Best Pastry Pros
EAT THIS NOW
3 Comforting Dishes to Help You Survive the Late-Winter Drizzle
Townshend's Tea Unveils a New Line of Spirits Distilled from Tea