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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.

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.

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.

A Guide to Entrepreneurship

Designpreneurship

Designpreneurship

4 min read | Entrepreneurial spirit in our Singapore design communication industry is still sorely lacking in both management depth and width. Look around us.

Spirit of an Entrepreneur

Spirit of an Entrepreneur

2 min read | Do you remember times when you would fail, yet you would manage to muster up your last bit of spirit and strength to put up a fight?

MARK PHOOI’S PUBLICATIONS

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.”

Think like a Sage, Work like a Fool, Act like a Criminal

Think like a Sage, Work like a Fool, Act like a Criminal

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thought Leadership

I Am A Dreamer, Are You?

I Am A Dreamer, Are You?

1 min read | A dreamer creates his own opportunities, does not pause to worry, will not hesitate along the way when the going gets rough.

I Am More Than What I Think I Am

I Am More Than What I Think I Am

2 min read | I am often intrigued by my inner voice, are you not?
This silent yet compelling voice whispers in my head, often driving a powerful message inside me.

Hunger Drives Success

Hunger Drives Success

3 min read | They say a crisis always brings out the best in people. I beg to differ. Why should one wait for a crisis to happen before they uncover their best?

First World Living – Singapore

First World Living – Singapore

3 min read | How much do you really know yourself? Besides knowing what we like and don’t like, what we can do and can’t do, many of us are actually living out others’ as well as the society’s expectations.

A Man of Value is A Man of Excellence

A Man of Value is A Man of Excellence

2 min read | A man of value is a learned man. He is highly respected for his intelligence and wisdom and he possesses compassion and intellectual knowledge in any subject matter that interests him.

10 Traits of A Loser

10 Traits of A Loser

2 min read | There are many losers in our midst, but they are often cloaked behind self-denial. In other words, externally they appear to be very successful both from a business and a social life perspective. Yet, underneath the facade of their public mask, their appearance of success dissolves.

9 Leadership Mottos

9 Leadership Mottos

3 min read | We need an inquisitive mindset to seek out new knowledge and opportunities, hence it is critical we always stay in the forefront of industry happenings and trends.

6 Habits of A Champion

6 Habits of A Champion

3 min read | Do you have the champion’s attitude?
What character and traits are you made of?
Are you prepared to trade in short-term pains for long-term gains?
Are you happy to lead a mediocre life?

TIPS FOR ASPIRING DESIGNERS

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.

7 Common Facts of a Design Career

7 Common Facts of a Design Career

4 min read | Passion – this has always been a key ingredient to being a designer. In fact, passion is probably what sparks many budding designers to embark on a career in design.

TIPS FOR WORKING DESIGNERS

Designpreneurship

Designpreneurship

4 min read | Entrepreneurial spirit in our Singapore design communication industry is still sorely lacking in both management depth and width. Look around us.

Spirit of an Entrepreneur

Spirit of an Entrepreneur

2 min read | Do you remember times when you would fail, yet you would manage to muster up your last bit of spirit and strength to put up a fight?

CORPORATE TRAINING

Retaining Talent = Redesigning Jobs

Retaining Talent = Redesigning Jobs

3 min read | Retaining talent is a problem in every industry especially in a small country like Singapore but retaining creative talents in that bubbling cauldron of industries that encompasses design, marketing, advertising, and PR seems to be particularly difficult or so I hear from other CEOs.

10 Different Types of Bosses

10 Different Types of Bosses

5 min read | Most bosses in design agencies are armed with a design qualification and years of design experience before they embarked on their entrepreneurship journey.

6 Rules of Business Success

6 Rules of Business Success

2 min read | Believe in it more than anybody else. If you love your work, you will be out there everyday trying to do the best you possibly can.

Advantages of Corporate Training

Advantages of Corporate Training

5 min read | An organisation’s competitive advantage lies in its ability to unlearn and relearn.

Here are 5 scenarios why employee training is necessary for companies to grow and succeed.