The men in my life are important to my wife.
I was only 14 when I decided not to pursue a career in accounting. Instead, I set my sights on becoming a graphic designer.
How did I decide that? One of my teachers, Herr Schmidt, declared that I was never going to be good at math. The other, Herr Hengstler, told me that my artistic talents were remarkable. Especially in our formative years, we are easily influenced.
In college, the man who influenced me the most was Armin Hofmann. He taught graphic design at the School of Applied Arts in Basel, Switzerland. I was one of nine students in the four-year master’s class. Upon graduation, he told me to take my portfolio to Munich, where my first job awaited me. It was that easy.