I lit a candle for our friend Sofian Hijjawi, who passed away one year ago on the 2nd of January 2008.
He was a designer, a rebel, an irreverent critic, a funny story teller, a small package of amazing vibrancy and a friend of many.
He is best remembered by me by his funny stories and unexpected gestures. When my third son Sinan was born, he came to our house with a small sack of rice, true to Palestinian tradition! You never forget a gift like that.
The photo on the screen behind the candle in the background has a story.
In November 2007, I met Sofian and his partner Annie at the American University of Dubai for an event on Arab typography. As we where leaving, we started making funny remarks at the University’s fake classical architecture.
Then Sofian insisted I take a photo of him running towards the buildings. He dashed off and I snapped a blurry photo..
He joked and said he’s running towards science and knowledge.
It was the last the last photo I took of him.
He’ll always be remembered with a smile.
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