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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 Comforting Dishes to Help You Survive the Late-Winter Drizzle

Hot, Creamy, Cheesy: these gray-day plates will keep spirits high until the sun returns.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 02/02/2015
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Townshend's Tea Unveils a New Line of Spirits Distilled from Tea

After tackling bubble tea, chai, and kombucha, a local outfit unveils the world’s first tea-based spirits.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 02/02/2015
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This Majestically Decayed Warehouse Is Incubating New Ideas in Food and Business

Could Ecotrust’s new project be a new asset for Portland’s gastro-entrepreneurs and an example of enlightened capitalism?

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 02/02/2015
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Tex-Mex Touchdown! Recipes For Your Super Bowl Spread

La Taq’s fundido, salsa, and fumble-free guacamole are this year’s top gridiron party prospects.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 01/28/2015
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Inside the Mind of A Portland Angel Investor

Venture capitalist Eric Rosenfeld talks about our start-up scene, where the money is coming from, and how Portland can cash in even more.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 01/05/2015
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Ghost in the Machine

Design firm KeeganMeegan & Co. operate 19th-century letterpress machines for the 21st-century print revival.

  • By Kate Goodling
  • Published 01/05/2015
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How Portland's 'Publicly Traded Person' Landed a Movie Deal with Jason Bateman

The story behind one Portlander’s decision to sell stock—in himself—lands in Hollywood.

  • By Zach Dundas and Michael Novak
  • Published 01/05/2015
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Welcome to the Redesign

A chronicle of the magazine's fresh look, a year in the making

  • By Kate Madden, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, and Michael Novak
  • Published 01/02/2014
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Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

Oregon's newest scenic bikeway offers 50 miles of horse pastures, pioneer cemeteries, and wetlands.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 08/01/2013
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Rock of Ages Ridge Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 07/01/2013
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