For some unknown reason, today I decided to do a quick search for one of my graphic design tutors from university. It has been a good 15+ years since I last saw him. It is he who pretty much defined my style from something that was heavily digitally-influenced to something that is minimalistic and flat. During this style-defining period, he would bluntly say to me, “Eddie, I can’t believe you designed this. It is shit”. He got the best out of me.
Today, with utter shock and sadness, I learnt that he passed away earlier this year having lost his battle with cancer. He was only 49. What is more sad for me to accept is, much of his recent researches took place in Tokyo – a city I have lived in for the past 13 years. Had I searched for him sooner, maybe we could have met again here in Tokyo.
Thanks for everything, chief.
— Image taken from Facebook