I had first gained my interest in design when I was a kid about the age of 9. The ADHD was pretty bad with this one and I constantly found myself getting into trouble and sent to my room to "settle down and cool off." That is where I grew my affinity for drawing and storytelling. I used to draw these short stories about aliens and their different interactions with people on Earth which usually lead to later gun battles. Page after page I would color these scenes and then staple the pages together to make little books and give them to my parents to read.
Nothing was ever good of course. I was nine after all. But the one thing that could mellow my scattered brain was to get lost in it. I think that lends to a reason why I have a particular design style that involves a lot of concept and layers of understanding. It gives the brain something to focus on and validates the creative decision I am making aside from typical design rules or worse...because it looks good.