Digital Executive Creative Director
working worldwide across multiple disciplines.
I do Digital Communication & radical content.


Mike John Otto (aka Blackbeltmonkey).
Build year 1973.
Executive Creative Director with a digital heart.
My purpose:

„I create handsome information & radical content
for brands – as desirous and meaningful as their products.“

In short.
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.

In addition to my agency based practice, I am member of the Art Directors Club Germany, member of the D&AD and lecturer at various national design schools for Interaction Branding. I believe in „Freiheit statt Freizeit“ (google it). That is why I see my Agency work as one part of the story and my Art as the other part. Both are able to survive peaceful side by side.



The long story.

Not only born in Münster, Germany, I studied (Graphic Design) there as well, at the University of Applied Sciences Münster, Münster School of Design – a very Bauhaus influenced Design School.

Four years and one or two twists later, I moved to London to freelance for razorfish and mother. 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 working for clients such as adidas, mitsubishi and supporting various agencies as a digital design studio.

In 2011, I joined Hi-ReS! London and then started running the first Hi-ReS! studio in Germany as Managing & Creative Director.

Since February 2014 I followed a new Opportunity as Managing Director and Executive Creative Director Digital at PUK / Philipp und Keuntje, a 200 people strong 360° hamburg based creative agency working for direct clients such as Sennheiser, Audi, Rimowa and Lamborghini. Blackbeltmonkey is still my label and studio.



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


2014 – now 
Managing Director & Executive Creative Director Digital – Philipp und Keuntje | PUK

2016 – now
Lecturer Münster School of Design.

2011 – 2014 
Managing Director, Creative Director – Hi-ReS!

2008 – 2011 
Founder & Creative Director – BlackBeltMonkey

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).

Art Director – Elephant Seven (Springer & Jacoby).

2001 – 2003 
Senior Designer – Razorfish


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

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.


1x Cannes Cyber Lions – Silver
4x Cannes Cyber Lions – Bronze
5x Cannes Cyber Lions – Shortlist
1x ADC (Art Directors Club) – Gold
4x ADC (Art Directors Club) – Silver
6x ADC (Art Directors Club) – Bronze
10x ADC (Art Directors Club) – Finalist
2x Clio New York – Gold
2x Clio  New York – Silver
6x Clio  New York – Bronze
2x New York Festivals – Gold
14x New York Festivals – Bronze
8x IF Design – Finalist
2x Epica – Gold
2x DDC (Deutscher Designer Club) – Gold
10x Annual Multimedia -Finalist
4x DMMA (Deutscher Multimedia Award) – Gold
8x Eurobest – Bronze
2x Golden Award of Montreaux – Gold
1x DDC Deutscher Digital Award – Gold
1x DDC Deutscher Digital Award – Silver
1x World Media Award – Silver

Awwwards Site of the month:
2015 Sennheiser – Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special

Awwwards Site of the day:
2016 Blackbeltmonkey
2015 Sennheiser – Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special

FWA & Adobe Cutting Edge Award:
2015 Sennheiser – Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special

FWA Site of the month:
2015 Sennheiser – Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special

FWA Site of the day:
2015 Sennheiser – Reshaping Excellence Webgl Special
2011 Hyundai Light Reveal
2008 adidas Teamgeist
2008 adidas sign for your club
2007 MINI – incredibly MINI Cooper
2007 MINI – incredibly MINI Cooper S
2007 MINI John Cooper Works GP


2017 Cannes Lions, Mobile Jury
2017 Deutscher Digital Award, Jury Chairman
2017 Art Director Club ADC, Digital Jury
2016 Art Director Club ADC, Digital Jury
2016 Deutscher Digital Award, Digital Jury
2015 Art Director Club ADC, Digital Jury
2014 Art Director Club ADC, Digital Jury
2013 Deutscher Digital Award, Digital Jury
2013 Art Director Club ADC, Event Jury
2013 D&AD, Digital Design Jury
2011 Deutscher Digital Award, Digital Jury
2011 D&AD, Digital Design Jury
2009 Art Director Club ADC, Digital Jury
2008 Art Director Club ADC, Digital Jury
2007 Art Director Club ADC, 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


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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 rocker and I am a Northern Soul lover. Well… call me a mocker.

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Mike John Otto
Bismarckstrasse 60,
20259 Hamburg

++49 (0)
skype: stereoplastic
motto (at)


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