Through Chris Dang

My brief farewell post on Christopher Dang had found its way into people who were close to him or inspired by his works.

Thom Easix wrote to me on January 26, 2020:

Hi Donny,

We don’t know each other, but I just wanted to let you know that I read your blogpost about Chrisopher Dang and that I had the same experience as you. I also started designing in the early 2000’s when I was still a kid and I was really inspired by Halovision. I really looked up to him.

As time passed I also stopped following him, but once in a while I think back on that time. I always remember his art to still be really good.

So today I googled him again and yes, his old artworks still holds up. He had such a feel for typography, shapes and colors. I don’t know how to properly explain it in English, but he was really talented.

Today I also discovered he passed away and I found out through your blogpost.

I don’t know why I’m sending you this email, but I guess I want to thank you for your blog and it was nice to read that you also got inspired by him. It’s not something I can share with other people.

Have a good day,

Best,

Thom

I replied to Thom:

Dear Thom,

I am glad that you have shared your thoughts with me. When I found out that he passed away, I was shocked. I wrote that post wondering if other people had similar experience. You email is a proof. Chris was a talented artist and even his early works had left a deep impact in many of us who didn’t even know him.

Regards,
Donny Truong

Thom responded:

Hi Donny,

Thanks for your reply. I was really moved by it.

Because of your email I searched some more about him and I found out he was a very loved and good person. It kept me busy all day.

I hope he knew how many people he inspired and that his style is visible all over the world. I live in the Netherlands and I’m sure his work laid the foundation for what I like in graphic design.

For the future when I have a flashback to those early 2000’s, I will also remember your email and this story.

This is the beautiful side of the internet :)

I wish you all the best in your career and not to be too cheesy, but may his spirit live on in our work :)

Best,
Thom

I also shared with Thom an email from someone who was close to Chris. Alyssa Key wrote on December 19, 2020:

Hi Donny,

I found your site entry online when googling our beloved Tinypants. He died of natural causes, stemming from a trial pharmaceutical he was using from losing his vision. Ironic, isn’t it… halo vision. Anyways wanted to help answer that question for you. He was my partner, best friend, and soul mate for many years. Our lives went different paths a few years before his death and I never got a chance to remind him I loved him. We will all see him again soon though. Hope you’re well, sorry if this so random.

Warmest Regards,
Alyssa Key

I responded to Alyssa on December 19, 2020:

Dear Alyssa,

Thank you for writing. He was a gifted artist who reached so many people with his work. I didn’t know him personally, but I am sure he knew he still has a special place in your heart.

Thank you for answering my question. I hope you and your family are doing well and happy holidays.

Regards,
Donny Truong

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