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.

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

DESIGN

The Posh Remodel of Old Town's Society Hotel

A former flophouse gets a fancy update.

11/23/2015 By Megan Haverman

THE WISH LIST

Portland Monthly's 2015 Gift Guide

13 local gifts for the discerning giver, from local vinyl to the perfect leather watch

11/23/2015 By Eden Dawn

BEST RESTAURANTS

The Top Portland Food Trends of 2015

Every year has its culinary obsessions (remember house-churned butter? Harissa?) This year is no exception.

10/19/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: The Best Local Stuff of August 2015

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from Thai-style charcoal to summery caftans

07/20/2015

HEAL THYSELF

Grow Your Own Herbal First-Aid Kit

Five home-grown remedies to cure what ails you

07/13/2015 By Allison Jones

STYLE

Portland's Textile Trailblazers

Meet the local designers turning fabric from plain to patterned.

06/22/2015 By Eden Dawn

WINNING FINDS

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.

06/22/2015

SPRING FASHION

Video: Spring Fashion Behind-the-Scenes

See our Spring Fashion feature come to life in this behind-the-scenes video bouquet.

03/23/2012 Styled by Eden Dawn With Mike Novak and Kasey Cordell Videography by Chet Sargent