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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Article

The Perfect Party: Super Bowl Edition

The guests we’d most like to watch the big game with

  • Published 01/23/2013
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MUDROOM

Perfect Party

The guests we'd most like to see at our dinner table this month.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 12/20/2012
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NEWS

Insider Secrets of a Dog-Show Champion

Portland's top competitive Pekingese prepares for victory.

  • By Jonathan Frochtzwajg
  • Published 12/12/2012
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FOOD

Portland Restaurants' Awesome Sauces

Four of the best custom sauces in Portland, from mild to hot

  • By Michael Zusman
  • Published 12/12/2012
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MUDROOM

One Sentence Stories: January 2013

Micro-stories about racists, high schoolers making wine, and stink bugs

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 12/12/2012
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TROPHY CASE

Trophy Case: January's Best Local Stuff

A guide to Portland's coolest products and ideas

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 12/12/2012
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ONE SENTENCE STORIES

Local Time Traveler…and More!

Micro-stories about space suits, beer, and Justin Bieber's chest baring.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 11/21/2012
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Alameda Ridge Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 11/20/2012
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Trail of the Month

Aldrich Butte Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 10/16/2012
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Business

How the Ace Hotel Creates Its Products

A look at the Ace Hotel's collaborations with local designers and makers

  • By Martin Patail
  • Published 10/16/2012
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Food

Portland's Weirdest Pickles

Five bizarre fermented products found right here in the Rose City

  • By Laura Lundberg
  • Published 10/16/2012
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Article

The Perfect Party: November 2012

The guests we’d most like at our dinner table this month

  • Published 10/16/2012
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Tech Scene

Portland's High-Craft Tech Boom

What our thriving start-up scene owes to Portland's crafty culture and urbanism.

  • By Will Lambeth
  • Published 10/16/2012
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Article

One Sentence Stories

It's another installment of One Sentence Stories—because there's simply no time for details.

  • Published 09/21/2012
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Trail of the Month

Butte Creek Falls Trail

Activity: Waterfall & Fall-color Viewing | Distance: About 1 mile, round trip | Rating: Moderate

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 09/21/2012
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Plantwise

Fall to the Wall

The cycle of harvest and planting marches on so keep an eye on your gardening to-do list.

  • By Kate Bryant
  • Published 09/21/2012
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Article

Perfect Storm

Fifty years ago, the Big Blow smashed Oregon—and cleared a path for pinot noir.

  • By Kit Mauldin
  • Published 09/21/2012
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Article

The Perfect Party

The guests we’d most like at our dinner table this month

  • Published 09/21/2012
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A Toast of Two Cities

Wine Country Weekend: Newberg or McMinnville?

McMinnville and Newberg regularly vie for the title of top wine-country town. We turn the spotlight on their hottest new spots to help you decide who deserves the honor.

  • By Kasey Cordell
  • Published 09/21/2012
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Mudroom

East Meets West Side

The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine flies in a feng shui master to channel its chi.

  • By Kit Mauldin
  • Published 08/23/2012
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