Frank was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1967. He first thought of becoming a graphic designer during a 20-monthlong civil service stint at a local magazine, where he tried to mimic the style of Neville Brody and David Carson. In 1994, after repeated rejections from the German education system, Frank travelled to London and took a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) course in Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts, London (UK). There, he discovered (German) modernism and the work of Jan Tschichold. He also discovered a less Germanic, quirkier approach to design.

During his studies he made an installation about silence, carried out a ...

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