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.

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GET BUFFED

6 Local Beauty and Body Products We're Loving Right Now

Local products to smooth, tone, and hydrate you from head to toe.

  • By Eden Dawn
  • Published 08/24/2015
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TROPHY CASE

Portland Chefs Share Why Their Favorite Knives are a Cut Above

5 local kitchen legends reveal their collective crush on the new Portland Knife House

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 08/24/2015
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HOT WEATHER EATS

Doughnut Shop Pip’s Original Debuts Pip’s Pop and Newly Expanded Space

Fremont’s mini-doughnut mecca keeps cool with a new line of chai and coffee toddy popsicles—and a lot more elbow room for its fans.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/20/2015
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SPOTLIGHT

Portland's Colorful Mural Festival is Changing the Face of the City

Local and international artists take to the streets for the annual Forest for the Trees festival with 15 new murals.

  • By Fiona McCann and Michael Novak
  • Published 07/20/2015
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HIGH SPIRITS

Biwa's Perfect Summer Drink is Powered by Shochu

Mix it up this summer with chuhais, Japanese shochu cocktails.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/20/2015
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HIT LIST

Dipping into Portland's Best Guacamole

A blind tasting of two dozen avocado dips reveals that the city's best guacs are all about the details.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 07/20/2015
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GOOD EATS

Mastering the Art of Home-Brewed Kombucha

Salt, Fire & Time's Tressa Yellig shares her secrets to the best 'booch around.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/13/2015
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TAKE THE PLUNGE

The 10 Best Beaches, Rivers, and Pools Around Portland

Cool off with these watery ways to make the most of the Northwest summer—and feel great doing it.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 07/13/2015
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BREAKING NEWS

Kim Jong Grillin’ Opens Second Food Cart in Northeast Portland

From collaborative dinners with Portland chefs to new cart luxuries (outdoor tables! beer!), Han Ly Hwang ramps up his considered Korean street food.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/23/2015
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ARCHITECTURE

Superstar Norwegian Architects Will Reveal the New James Beard Market This Week

Acclaimed firm Snohetta will preview its plans to transform a dour parking lot into locavore heaven.

  • By Rachel Sandstrom
  • Published 06/22/2015
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BEST BEER

Drink in Style: Portland's New Beer Gear

Beervana is calling. Come prepared with these local drinking tools.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 06/22/2015
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WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: July's Best Local Stuff

This month's hottest locally made goods, from penny-inspired pendant lights to the perfect weekend travel bag.

  • Published 06/22/2015
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RECIPE

Upgrade Your Picnic Hot Dogs with Stellar Toppings and Sides

Stray Dogs give Fourth of July outdoor eats some major pop.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 06/22/2015
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GEAR UP

3 Local Bottle Companies Beg You to Ditch the Plastic

A new generation of locally made, reusable water bottles, growlers, and green-juice carriers adds bonus points to your daily H2O.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 05/26/2015
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HIGH SPIRITS

A Drinking Guide to Oregon Vermouth for Your Home Bar

A new wave of local vermouth spices up the liquor cabinet.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 04/27/2015
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ARCHITECTURE

The Genius Scandinavian Architects Making Portland’s Public Market

A famed Norwegian design firm promises to turn a patch of asphalt into the James Beard Public Market—using global expertise.

  • By Randy Gragg
  • Published 04/02/2015
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RECIPE

Spread the Spring with Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam

A farmers market pro weaves together two flavorful seasonal ingredients for biscuit-ready preserves.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 04/01/2015
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RECIPE

The Easiest Pasta Recipe of All Time

In her new cookbook, Jenn Louis explores the hidden world of Italian dumplings—and unearths a seriously simple version.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 03/02/2015
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TOP COCKTAILS

Behind the Bar: Shaker Secrets from PDX's Master Cocktail Brains

From the don of Portland's bar scene to headline-making NYC transplants, we get the tips and tricks to take your cocktail game to the next level.

  • Published 03/02/2015
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SUGAR RUSH

Sweet Secrets from Portland's Best Pastry Pros

Five local dessert dreamers share tips and tricks from their sprinkle-flecked arsenals.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 02/11/2015
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