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.
3 min read | “Satisfying my curiosity was my biggest motivation. My willingness to accept failure and disappointment was my biggest asset.”
Mark Phooi’s unique way of leading his life – by thinking like a sage, working like a fool and acting like a criminal has seen him rise above poverty and mediocrity, against all odds, to become one of Singapore’s most successful designpreneurs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 min read | Courage is mental and emotional strength. It is embedded in every virtue both at its starting and testing points. With courage, everything seems possible.
1 min read | Get to know the type of educator my business experience has molded me to become.
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.
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.
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.
How often have we heard a song that catches our attention and sees us totally immersed in its lyrics and melody, so much so that we hum along subconsciously?
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.
Hunger is the push factor, it is the key driving force that resulted in my series of achievements.
Thoughts on the purpose of creation and life itself inspired from a spiritual point of view.
1 min read | Here is a set of rules of engagement modelled after John Maxwell’s Ethics, which I find great resonance with my personal communication motto.
5 min read | You might be wondering what makes our design school different compared to others.
“FMDS is the only design school managed and owned by veteran designers.”
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.
I have often been asked to share my secrets on how I made it? Despite the odds that were stacked against me, I was able to overcome all these challenges.
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.
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.
I have been searching for the meaning of enlightenment from a non-spiritual perspective. Here is what I found to be the most appropriate.
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.
This is the full speech of Mark’s official retirement announcement in preparation for his full time role as an educator, made during FM Annual Christmas Party 2006 at the Arts House, Singapore.