At age 10 from scrap rubber, wood and glue I hand carved rubber stamps for the entire alphabet in upper and lowercase with punctuation. A neighbor saw my work ethic and love of graphics, so during summers and days off school I worked at their hot metal type shop. This helped the staff to enjoy those days off with their family. One could say the love of family opened the door for my start in the graphics business. First I set metal type, then the shop evolved into photographic type and retouching photography with chemicals all before finishing grammar school.
Out of college my first job was Advertising Manager for an imagesetter reseller, where I installed graphic systems across the midwest and training and calibrated those systems as well. After the Macintosh replaced Scitex and similar systems, the packaging design industry swept me up and sharpened my skills in design and regulatory requirements of the FDA | USDA | TTB | FTC | AAFCO & NIST.
A wise person said an image is worth 1,000 words, along with the information age we are in I prefer to sue more images to communicate?