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Mike John Otto (aka Blackbeltmonkey).
I am a designer, artist, and Creative Director currently living in Hamburg, Germany. I am working freelance worldwide across mutiple disciplines.

--- get in touch: motto@blackbeltmonkey.com

I am a Executive Creative Director with design thinking and a purpose based marketi… Read More
Mike John Otto (aka Blackbeltmonkey).
I am a designer, artist, and Creative Director currently living in Hamburg, Germany. I am working freelance worldwide across mutiple disciplines.

--- get in touch: motto@blackbeltmonkey.com

I am a Executive Creative Director with design thinking and a purpose based marketing approach. My strength and passion lies in identifying problems, generating insights and creating relevant solutions with a mainly creative and interactive focus. I always look for the story to tell, how to tell it and where to tell it. Having a strong digital vision and not afraid of working hands-on, I wish to change the way brands communicate: putting the user in the center of their communication. What I am: I am a visual engineer and brand shaper.

What I do.

I am working for entrepreneurs, agencies and companies in the field of creative strategy, film, branded content, UX and visual design. I work hands-on and am experienced as well in leading complex projects and teams in all sizes and structures. My clients work directly and close with me creating a more personal working relationship. From initial ideas to moodboards, storyboards and prototypes to high-end execution, I offer creative brand consultancy and craft the certain epic look and feel that fits to your brand and products.

My work has received numerous international awards, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, LIAA, New York Festivals, eurobest, Effie, Clios, ADC and counting.

How I work.

The most important question is how to provide something meaningful or valuable to my clients, their audience and followers. Valuable means a teaching moment, an inspiration, or something entertaining. If you know your brand and know your users, the passion point is the overlapping field to start working and creating concepts.

The Question is how to provide something meaningful or valuable you you and your audience, target groups and users? Get in touch and we find it out. Read Less
  • Executive Creative Director & Managing Director
    Philipp & Keuntje — Germany
  • Creative & Managing Director
    Hi-ReS! — London, United Kingdom
  • Founder & Creative Director
    BlackBeltMonkey — Germany
  • Creative Director
    Interone — Hamburg, Germany
  • Senior Art Director
    Elephant Seven — Germany
  • Senior Designer
    Razorfish — London, United Kingdom
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AWARDS:
25x New York Festivals
22x Annual Multimedia
12x IF Design
12x ADC (Art Directors Club)
8x DDC (Deutscher Designer Club)
5x Cannes Cyber Lions
5x Liaa
5x DMMA (Deutscher Multimedia Award)
5x Eurobest
3x Clio
3x Deutscher Digital Award
3x Epica
4x Golden Award of Montreaux
1x World Media Award

CLIENTS
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AWARDS:
25x New York Festivals
22x Annual Multimedia
12x IF Design
12x ADC (Art Directors Club)
8x DDC (Deutscher Designer Club)
5x Cannes Cyber Lions
5x Liaa
5x DMMA (Deutscher Multimedia Award)
5x Eurobest
3x Clio
3x Deutscher Digital Award
3x Epica
4x Golden Award of Montreaux
1x World Media Award

CLIENTS
adiidas, Sennheiser, MINI, BMW, Adi, Jägermeister, Montblanc, Hyundai, smart, Schöffel, Lamborghini.

JURY WORK
* Judge *
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 2015, Digital Jury
Art Director Club ADC 2016, Digital Jury
Deutscher Digital Award 2016
Art Director Club ADC 2017, Digital Jury
Deutscher Digital Award 2017, Jury Chairman
Cannes Lions 2017, Mobile Jury

PUBLICATIONS
* 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
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* 2008 - now *
Founder & Creative Director / BlackBeltMonkey.Studio

* 2014 - 2017 *
Executive Creative Director and Managing Director / Philipp & Keuntje . PUK

* 2011 - 2013 *
Managing & Creative Director / Hi-ReS!

* 2007 *
Freelance Creative Director
Mother London, North Kingdom, Neue Digitale, Sehsucht,
Ju… Read More
* 2008 - now *
Founder & Creative Director / BlackBeltMonkey.Studio

* 2014 - 2017 *
Executive Creative Director and Managing Director / Philipp & Keuntje . PUK

* 2011 - 2013 *
Managing & Creative Director / Hi-ReS!

* 2007 *
Freelance Creative Director
Mother London, North Kingdom, Neue Digitale, Sehsucht,
Jung von Matt, Publicis, Syzygy, Hi-ReS!

* 2004 - 2007 *
Creative Director / Interone Worldwide

* 2003 *
Art Director / Elephant Seven

* 2001 - 2003 *
Senior Designer / Razorfish Read Less
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