My love of illustration goes way way back. It would be foolish to try to say who or what inspired me the most to begin a career in design but it is important to recognise those who excited me years ago and still do to this day. 
The turning point in design for me was my discovery of Neasden Control Centre and Vault 49 famed for their explosive use of line and multi-layering. This was at a time when I saw the demise of minimalism (which had become somewhat tired) manifest into a wonderful world of maximalism celebrated worldwide by designers and illustrators like myself. My time at university was at the beginning of this wave of change, and I remember my classmates going mad for this style.