Art Director

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.

Fall Cocktails

5 Portland Bartenders Capture the Autumnal Spirit in a Glass

Bye, pumpkin spice. Hello, turmeric, Oregon pears & fig jam.

09/23/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Celeste Noche

Little Joys of Summer

Walk This Way toward Your Own Personal Portland Scavenger Hunt

Neighborhood walks aren't canceled this year, so add these spots to your route and explore the city.

08/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler Photography by Mike Novak

Little Joys of Summer

Organize Your Own Virtual Run Across Oregon

The Oregon Run offers three different routes across the state. But with time and technology on our hands, you can also, in true Portland style, make your own.

08/01/2020 By Fiona McCann

Little Joys of Summer

Might As Well Pick Up a Hobby This Summer

From book binding to wood burning, put these stay-at-home hours to good use and learn something new.

08/01/2020 By Marty Patail

The Little Joys of Summer

Here's What You Need Right Now to Party at a Distance

Celebrate local eateries and drink makers with your own backyard feast of homey takeout, icy drinks, and vividly flavored market finds.

08/01/2020 By Kelly Clarke

Vendgame

This East Burnside Vending Machine Is Raising the Bar for Quick Snacks

The Pix-O-Matic offers Pix Pâtisserie's wide selection of its trademark French-inflected delicacies.

08/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Hill House

The Bizarre History of the Maryhill Museum of Art

How a motley crew spanning royalty and railroad execs built one of the Northwest's strangest cultural institutions.

08/01/2020 By Conner Reed

Tie Fighter

Our State Epidemiologist’s Bow Ties Are Unsung Heroes of Oregon’s Pandemic Response

“If you can have something that brings a smile to your face, that helps,” says Dr. Dean Sidelinger.

06/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Sidewalk Frogger

Portland City Officials Resist Calls to Close Off Low-Traffic Residential Streets

Some neighborhood residents are taking things into their own hands.

04/14/2020 By Julia Silverman

Birds of a Feather

A New Study Aims to Learn the Impacts of Social Distancing on Birds in the Pacific Northwest

Join in on the citizen science project and reap the cathartic benefits of bird watching from your own backyard.

04/09/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Coronavirus

Our City in the Time of Covid

Portland Monthly's Art Director Michael Novak went outside to document the city while we all stay home.

04/03/2020 Photography by Mike Novak By Fiona McCann

good hoods

Portland Hoods You Should Know

It's the best time to buy in years. Where should you be looking to spend your money and why?

04/01/2020 By Ben Tepler, Conner Reed, Julia Silverman, Margaret Seiler, and Kyle Sosa

Flash Sale

Have a House to Sell? Your Buyer Might Be a Real Estate Start-Up

Portland is a Pacific Northwest proving ground for firms like Opendoor and Zillow Offers.

04/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Feast 2019

Feast Portland 2019: Notes from a First-Timer

Great bites, long lines, and a hungover trudge through the mud—dispatches from PDX's four-day food blitz.

09/16/2019 By Conner Reed

Mississippi/Williams: Food & Drink

Where to Eat & Drink in Portland's N Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

Smoked chicken sandwiches, fancy brunch, cult coffee shops, and elephantine Fijian feasts—come hungry.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

BIG IDEAS

Six Oregon-Hatched Ideas That Could Change the World

Eco-drones to avant-garde aerobics, these projects showcase the best of local innovation.

06/13/2016 By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: Four Great New Spaces in Portland

From awesome offices to tower condos to an easygoing park, the latest additions to Portland’s landscape are sights to behold.

06/13/2016 By Marty Patail

EAT THIS NOW

Jook Joint's Awesome South by Southeast Asian Eats

Texas brisket–topped Thai porridge to coconut hush puppies, this downtown cart makes the Southern-fried Asian eats you never knew you craved.

03/11/2016 By Kelly Clarke

COCKTAIL RECIPE

Teardrop's Cocktail Onions Will Transform Your Holiday Drinks

Peel back the layers of the Gibson cocktail with this DIY garnish.

11/23/2015 By Rachel Ritchie