ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
My name is Otto Homruen. I’m a graphic designer based in San Francisco. I was born and raised in Hua Hin, Thailand. I specialize in packaging, branding, and editorial design. I think design is like a journey because wherever I go I’m surrounded by graphic design. So, I can observe so many beautiful things that inspire me, and sometimes I come up with new ideas from something unexpected while traveling. Besides graphic design, I am a former D2 college athlete. I was a member of the Academy of Art’s men’s golf team. I enjoy music and collecting vinyl records. I usually spend my free time in a record store to explore new music. Sometimes beautiful album covers can be a good inspiration to my work as well.
IF THERE WERE NO BARRIERS AND CONSTRAINTS, WHAT PROJECT WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK ON?
I would love to work in any campaign that relates to the music industry, i.e., music festivals, album covers, branding for artists, etc.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
Now I’m really into photography and graphic design magazines. I’m open to any kind of music and I explore new music every day but The Beatles would be the only band that I cannot stop listening to. I always love watching food documentaries on Netflix because I like the food cultures from different countries.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD?
I would say Josef Müller-Brockmann because I was drawn to graphic design because of his work, especially his style on typography.