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First Media’s (FM) Designer Workbook

First Media’s (FM) Designer Workbook

This workbook is your personal development diary. It has been carefully planned and structured to provide you with a step by step learning guide and aims to instil a clear and strong understanding of your personal development process as a designer in you.

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Excellence and Destiny

Excellence and Destiny

3 min read | “Satisfying my curiosity was my biggest motivation. My willingness to accept failure and disappointment was my biggest asset.”

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The Origin of 159

The Origin of 159

4 min read | The number 159 is an auspicious one. It was the first commercial conservation shophouse, which I bought in 2002, to house Lancer Design, my first design agency.

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My Journey with Changi Inmates

My Journey with Changi Inmates

3 min read | The call to volunteer my time to share my design experience with inmates incarcerated in Singapore Changi Prison was timely. I did not hesitate to take up the challenge immediately.

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A Deep Confession

A Deep Confession

3 min read | I have a confession to make.

Not too long ago, I was financing a money lending operation. It was not my idea to start it but my intention was to help a close friend who was facing a mid career crisis.

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Mastering My Destiny

Mastering My Destiny

3 min read | Instead of being trapped in my professional career for the rest of my second half — a common situation faced by a majority of people — I welcomed the big 5 “0” with open arms.

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Leaving on Top

Leaving on Top

3 min read | The book titled “Leaving On Top” by David Hennan was a timely gift from a dear friend, Ibu Aryani. She is the founder of Arva School of Fashion, Surabaya, Indonesia, and a friend and trusted business partner of FMDS.

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My “Best-Worst” Year

My “Best-Worst” Year

In October 2014, a friend who needed help came to seek a S$2,000,000 loan supported with a forged inheritance will. It then turned out to be a scam, to which he has no means to repay.

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7 Laws of Success

7 Laws of Success

I define success as one’s ability to determine, act and fulfill
one’s desired destiny. Personally, it is a journey rather than a destination.

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My Personal Reflection

My Personal Reflection

A personal insight by Mark Phooi, founder and managing director of First Media Group of Companies, recollecting on his 3 decades of business experience in the design and communications industry.

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5 Stages of Mastering Destiny

5 Stages of Mastering Destiny

Destiny is defined as the pre-ordained path of life. Much as it is determined in advance, what happen in the future is largely due to what we are doing presently.

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What Design Schools Don’t Tell You

What Design Schools Don’t Tell You

7 min read | These are the points that First Media Design School specifically targets in order to optimise a student’s experience, and ultimately improve how the industry presents design education as a whole.

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Mark’s Personal Quotes

Mark’s Personal Quotes

For my lack of talent, I make up with my competitive spirit. Knowledge is like a bowl of white rice. Motivational quotes are side dishes or vitamins supplementing and fuelling my intellectual bank.

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7 Expectations for FMDS Students

7 Expectations for FMDS Students

2 min read | As a design institution, FMDS has 7 basic expectations of our students. All FMDS academic team, including myself, are here to help you overcome your learning challenges.

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