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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RECIPE

A Taste of True Catalan Comfort

Spanish Modernist Jose Chesa shares a recipe from his chocolate-fueled childhood.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 01/25/2016

BIG PICTURE

Adding Soul to Custom Caskets

Two Portland tattoo artists create “death-positive” coffins in their own home.

  • By Megan Haverman
  • Published 01/25/2016

5 THINGS ABOUT

Union Station Turns 120

We visit our iconic train station’s past and predict its future.

  • By Katie Vaughan
  • Published 01/25/2016

PORTLAND BUCKET LIST

50 Things Every Portlander Must Do

From transplants to natives, we present a quirky and quintessential bucket list for every type of Portlander.

  • By Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Allison Jones, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 12/21/2015

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: January’s Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from sleek winter jackets to beautiful screwdrivers (really!)

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 12/21/2015

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

7 Local Gifts for the Arts Aficionado

Books, tickets, records, and art! We've got all you need for the culture buff in your life.

  • By Fiona McCann and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 12/03/2015

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Local Gifts for the Portland Foodie

Our annual roundup of the shiniest kitchen tools, most covetable stocking stuffers, and undeniably crave-worthy foodstuffs to give this holiday season.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 12/01/2015

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

Whether you need a pillowy, Jersey-style meatball parm or Latin-spiced birds drizzled in garlicky, neon green aji sauce, these are the places you must visit this week.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 11/18/2015

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From a last Alsatian supper at Gruner to the city’s best fried brunch, these are the places you must visit this week.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 11/04/2015

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: November's Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from a blanket homage to the Pacific Crest Trail to leather iPhone wallets.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 10/19/2015

LESS IS MORE

When it Comes to Choosing Paint Colors, These Portland Pros Keep it Simple

Northeast Portland's Colorhouse offers just 128 colors to avoid decision overload.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 10/05/2015

THE ART OF ARRANGEMENT

Bring Your Home to Life with Local Flowers

Fieldwork Flowers reveals how to build a better bouquet.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 10/05/2015

HOME DESIGN

How a Bunch of Retirees Created Portland's Greenest Communal Housing Outpost

With a communal patio and ultra-efficient passive house design, a group of former city planners and lawyers dreamed up their own perfect pocket neighborhood.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 10/05/2015

STREET ART

The Design Elements that Make P.R.E.A.M. Portland's Most Stylish Pizza Parlour

The scrappy vision behind Brandon Gomez and Nicholas Ford's hip-hop inspired slice shop

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 10/05/2015

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

The Inside Scoop on Portland’s First Korean Food Festival

Local bigwigs, fusion specialists, and Beaverton institutions join forces for the city’s inaugural Korean food fest.

  • By Katie Vaughan
  • Published 09/30/2015

LET'S GET PHYSICAL

Peek Inside the Ultimate Portland Gym Bag

These Portland-made essentials, from deodorant to dry shampoo, keep your workout looking—and smelling—fresh.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 09/21/2015

WEEKNIGHT WINES

Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25

Budget-friendly vino doesn't have to sacrifice flavor or local cred—especially in Oregon. Our panel of local wine pros blind-tasted more than 300 bottles to find the state's best wallet-friendly labels.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 09/21/2015

THE BITTER TRUTH

Everything You Need to Know About Bitters from Mark Bitterman's Groundbreaking New Book

The obsessive 'Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters and Amari' reveals the wild, wide world of the once-humble cocktail dropper.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/21/2015

WINNING FINDS

Gadgets, Rubs, Tinctures, and Other Highlights from Oregon's New Weed Economy

This month’s hottest locally made goods—the weed edition!

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 09/21/2015

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew: Tea Booze! RIP Chopsticks II!

Chopsticks II closes, Hood River Distillery opens a tasting room, and the New York Times loves/hates us.

  • By Katie Vaughan
  • Published 09/14/2015
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