Mark Abramson was born in California and raised in Hawaii, where he learned to play slack-key guitar and spent as much time as possible surfing the reefs around the island of Oahu. He spent a year after high school traveling and surfing around Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia, and then commenced his college education, receiving an A.B. with honors in Economics from UC Berkeley, after which he moved to New York City. After a stint as an economist on Wall Street, Mark worked for the architecture firm Gensler & Associates’ New York office. When his side-project rock band was offered a recording contract, Mark quit his day job and plunged headlong into the music business. Over the next decade he made numerous recordings, toured nationally and in Europe, ran a nightclub, and worked at a recording studio as a songwriter and musician.
At the end of this intensely creative period, Mark decided to change gears. Moving back to Hawaii offered him a chance to develop his graphic design skills. He spent some time in publishing, learning the basics of publication design, and then established his own firm. In Honolulu, Mark developed projects for several publishing houses, ad agencies, design firms and individual clients. He brought his design business to San Francisco in 1999, where he worked for book publishers, academia, and music industry clients like Motörhead and Metallica. Mark continued to work on music, writing, performing every once in a while, and producing recordings for several underground recording artists. His design and music can be viewed on this web site. After years as an art director – and working on music under the radar – Mark joined Other Minds where he now serves as our Creative Director, handling all things visual. In his spare time he surfs, plays guitar, walks his Labrador retriever, reads non-fiction, and hangs out with his wife and stepson, friends, and family.