M/ke J ohn Ott o

- AB o UT -

May I introduce myself. Build year 1973. Not only born in Münster {Germany}, I studied there as well - at the University of Applied Sciences Münster. Four years and one or two twists later, I moved to London to freelance under my label stereoplastic.

After a couple of months with daily fish and chips I moved to Hamburg to start working as a Senior Designer at Razorfish, then as an Art Director at Elephant Seven, followed by the position as Creative Director at BBDO Interone. Then I moved on to become a founding partner and Head of Creation of BlackBeltMonkey in 2008.

In 2011, I started running the first Hi-ReS!
studio in Germany as Managing & Creative Director. Since February 2014 I joined PUK / Philipp und Keuntje, a 18o people strong 360° Hamburg based Agency as Head of Digital /Executive Creative Director working for clients such as Sennheiser, Audi and Lamborghini.

In addition to my studio based practice, I am member of the Art Directors Club Germany, D&AD and lecturer at various national design schools for Interaction Branding, ride cafe racers and do Art.

In short.
I am Lead Creative & Digital Creative Director specialising in purpose based marketing, digital innovation and content driven storytelling. Author, speaker, artist and design consultant for consumer brands, advertising agencies and film production companies.
Forget about 360°, say hello to 365days communication.

I currently have no pets but a little son. My favourite time of day is dusk and I truly believe that two wheels are better than four but prefer them to be motorised and from the 60/70s. I try not to stereotype, ironically my favourite youth culture are mods and
I am a Northern Soul & Popcorn lover. Well... call me a mocker.


cv download:
Mike_John Otto_CV.pdf



University of Applied Sciences, Art and Design Münster
BFA with honors. Bachelor of Design (BDes).

WORK Experience

* 2014 - now *
Head of Digital & Executive Creative Director - Philipp und Keuntje | PUK

* 2011 - 2014 *
Managing Director & Executive Creative Director - Hi-ReS!

* 2008 - 2011 *
Founder, Managing Director & Creative Director - BlackBeltMonkey

* 2007 *
Freelance Creative Director -
Mother London, North Kingdom, Neue Digitale, Sehsucht,
Jung von Matt, Scholz & Volkmer, Publicis, Syzygy, Hi-ReS!
(Germany, UK, Sweden)

* 2004 - 2007 *
Creative Director - Interone Worldwide (BBDO).

* 2003 *
Art Director - Elephant Seven (Springer & Jacoby).

* 2001 - 2003 *
Senior Designer - Razorfish


* such as*
13x ADC (Art Directors Club)
14x New York Festivals
4x Cannes Cyber Lions
3x Clio NY
3x LIA (International London Awards)
8x IF Design
2x Epica Gold
2x DDC (Deutscher Designer Club)
10x Annual Multimedia
4x DMMA (Deutscher Multimedia Award)
8x Eurobest
2x Golden Award of Montreaux
1x World Media Award

Awwwards Site of the month & Honorable Mention:
Sennheiser Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special

FWA & Adobe Cutting Edge Award:
Sennheiser Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special

FWA Site of the month:
Sennheiser Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special

FWA Site of the day:
Sennheiser Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special
adidas Teamgeist
adidas sign for your club
MINI - incredibly MINI Cooper
MINI - incredibly MINI Cooper S
MINI John Cooper Works GP
Hyundai Light Reveal

Jury Work

* Judging *
Art Director Club ADC 2007, Digital Jury
Art Director Club ADC 2008, Digital Jury
Art Director Club ADC 2009, Digital Jury
DMMA 2011, Digital Jury
D&AD 2011, Digital Design Jury
D&AD 2013, Digital Design Jury
Art Director Club ADC 2013, Event Jury
DMMA 2013, Digital Jury
Art Director Club ADC 2014, Digital Jury
Art Director Club ADC 2015, Digital Jury


* Taschen, PAGE, IDN, WEAVE *
Web Design Flash Sites (Taschen Verlag)
Web Design E-Commerce (Taschen Verlag)
Web Design Games (Taschen Verlag)
Advertising Now Online (Taschen Verlag)
Hamburgs Kreative 2010
Selection Yearbook 2011
Page Various Introductions & features
Weave Various Introductions & features.


09/10.07.2015 XH Cube by XH Collective & Markenfilm

Art Exhibition M/ke John Otto


* Clients *
MINI, adidas, Jägermeister, Audi, Sennheiser, Chanel, Bacardi, Montblanc, Hyundai, o2, Rimowa, Hasseröder, Telekom, Saab, smart, FC Chealsea, Camel, Bundesliga, Red Bull, Opel, mobile.de, BMW.

* Agencies *
Hi-ReS!, Neue Digitale, North Kingdom, Sehsucht
Mother London, Razorfish, Saatchi & Saatchi, Interone,
Scholz & Volkmer, Mutabor, elephant 7,
Philipp und Keuntje, Jung von Matt, Publicis.