Herbert H. Schultes completed his Engineeringand Design degree in Munich. From 1961-67 he worked as assistant of the chief designer at Siemens AG. After teaching at the Kölner Werkschulen, Schultes implemented the college course 'Industrial Design' in Munich. From 1967-85 he was partner of Schlagheck & Schultes Design and worked on the corporate design of for example Agfa, Marker, Atomic, Braun, and projects of Siemens, Bulthaup, ClassiCon and further companies. From 1985-2000 Herbert H. Schultes was chief designer, responsible for the worldwide Industrial- and Corporate-Design of the Siemens AG - first in the Central Department of Design, later as the managing director of the Siemens Design und Messe GmbH and the designafairs GmbH. In 2000, he opened a design studio in Inning at the Ammersee.
The importance of the German design was greatly influenced by him as a leading figure of various academies and institutions. For his work he was awarded in 2001 with the 'Bundespreis für Förderer des Designs' and also the order 'Verdienstkreuz am Bande der Bundesrepublik Deutschland'.