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.

Trail of the Month

Mount Defiance

Visit the highest point in the Columbia River Gorge for a stunning variety of views.

05/20/2011 By Brian Barker


PDX Index: Portland Parks

Expand your knowledge of local recreation areas.

05/20/2011 By Melanie Glass


Five Questions For… Vanessa Veselka

Vanessa Vaselka creates a dystopian version of Portland, that's not really Portland.

05/20/2011 By Zach Dundas


Home Maker

With Portland's prevailing DIY ethos a fact of life, it's no wonder we're embracing author Susan Beal's crafty ways.

05/20/2011 By Anne Adams


Hollywood Farmers Market

The Hollywood Farmers Market strikes the perfect balance between variety and accessibility. As you pick up strawberries from Unger Farms, enjoy a handmade Sol Pop.

04/22/2011 By Zach Dundas

Trail of the Month

Trout Lake Ice Cave

The Trout Lake Ice Cave in Washington state, is a lava tube glaciere, which boasts otherworldly icy pillars, columns and crystallized stalagmites.

04/22/2011 With Brian Barker


PDX Index: Farmers Markets

Load up on these stats about Portland Farmers Markets.

04/22/2011 By Katherine Garvey

The Mudroom

PDX Index: Tax Season

As you get ready for the 15th, we give you some interesting facts and stats about tax season in Oregon.

03/16/2011 By Katherine Garvey

Trail of the Month

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

At Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, April's Trail of the Month, you can see more than 130 species of resident and migratory birds.

03/09/2011 With Brian Barker


PDX Index: Spring Cleaning

This month's edition of PDX Index is all about spring cleaning, with statistics on waste and ways we can reduce it.

02/22/2011 By Nicole Morales

Trail of the Month

Neahkahnie Mountain

This month's trail is Neahkahnie Mountain, located 23 miles north of Tillamook. The trail offers spectacular views 1,600 feet above Oswald West State Park.

02/14/2011 With Brian Barker

The Mudroom

Spring Seeds

March is a great time to start growing plants and vegetable. Since Portland isn't known for its March sunshine, you will probably need to get some lights and then follow these simple directions.

02/11/2011 By Kate Bryant


Meow Mystics

With all it's quirks, Portland is home to several "pet psychics." Portland Monthly talked to two of them about their gift, their clients, and the fortune of a certain journalist's cat named Veruca.

02/11/2011 By Georgia Perry


Portland's Bustling Indie Film Scene Prepares for Its Close-Up

A 2008 study showe tdhat the film industry contributed $708 million to the state's economy—and that number is expected to rise this year.

02/11/2011 By Aaron Scott


The Best of Times

A recent Brookings Institution study identified Portland as one of the recession’s hardest-hit cities ... in the world. But Portland harbors good news in business—and even more crucial areas, like education and, y'know, oxygen.

12/22/2010 By Zach Dundas


Relay to Reel

_Hood to Coast_ follows four teams through the insane antics, crazy logistics and sheer endurance of the annual Timberline-to-Seaside relay race.

12/22/2010 By Rachel Ritchie


World Gone Plaid

The fashion world has gone crazy for “heritage,” a term encompassing all things grandfatherly and artisan-stitched, and brands like Pendleton, Filson and Danner.

11/16/2010 By Zach Dundas and Ali Moran


Palette Power

Color specialists discuss up-and-coming color trends.

10/12/2010 By Kasey Cordell


Our Hero, Zero

Confluence hunting continues to grow as a favorite pass-time of latitude and longitude enthusiasts.

10/11/2010 By Julian Smith


Burb Battle

A new streetcar may divide two of Portland’s toniest bedroom communities. If transit-savvy politicians and developers have their way, by 2017 sleek new streetcars will roll through Dunthorpe and Lake Oswego several times an hour.

09/13/2010 By Zach Dundas