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Photo Credit: Whisperer, C. (2015, August 22). The downside of social media Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Comic_Whisperer/status/635249354731855876/photo/1

When I first got introduced to Facebook, it was exciting reconnecting with friends. I also loved the idea of keeping in touch with those too far away to meet. The responses were often instantaneous for better or for worse.

Social media is so much more now than it ever was when it first came on the scene. Businesses and headhunters heavily rely on it as well as those wanting to build their personal brand. Looking back, I now use social media differently and in a more informed way. Here are some of my observations, lessons learnt and my responses.

First Impressions

If you do not have a Public Relations Manager, you have to manage your online persona yourself. Some people are just better at doing this than others. It is not something one learns overnight but you ought to get better over time. …


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hero-1050.jpg. (n.d.). Retrieved 17 March 2016

Much has been discussed about inclusive design in architecture, interiors, product and industrial design. However, I have still noticed that the entertainment and gaming industries are rife with designs that aren’t exactly politically correct. In many cases, they take a piss out of life, stereotypes, people and situations; after all, there is such a thing as artistic licence, the freedom of expression and having a sense of humour. This leads to the question:

At what cost does it come?

Are current trends heading towards or away from being inclusive in nature?

Is everything only about the bottom line, focusing on target audiences and cultural norms?


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Photo Credit: bad-questions-clipart-1.jpg. Retrieved March 16, 2016

When I graduated from law school, like all my peers, I had to vie for limited places at prestigious legal firms that were willing to take pupils. The résumés were sent out and I went for a string of interviews. Every interview was different and I learnt to anticipate questions and adapt my answers accordingly.


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Photo Credit: 5 steps to invest in a trademark. Retrieved March 6, 2016

Ignorance is no excuse

This maxim cannot be said often enough: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Recently, a couple of friends told me about their horror stories as artists where they solely relied on goodwill, integrity and oral agreements to produce work that was to be compensated financially. In an ideal world, one would expect everyone to abide by a high moral code, decent work ethics, and good intentions. As it turned out, crooks exist and business relationships can turn sour. The results can be devastating. You could have your work ripped off, made to do more than originally agreed upon, work for free or even be taken to court for an infringement action. Having a contract will help manage business relationships, provide a platform of clarity and define the scope of the project. It encourages all parties to behave and agree to commit. …


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‘How to become a more creative person’, 2014

Ready, set, create!

To the newcomer starting out in the creative industries, finding work and discovering ways to get paid for what you enjoy doing can be a daunting and arduous task. I’ve had a chance this week to reflect on some of the established and more obscure options available. This list is by no means exhaustive and I will confine my observations to what I have personally encountered. Along the way, like all journeys, grit and gusto are essential elements. It does help if you know what you want and have a clear idea on where you are going. …


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Mystical Forest Retrieved February 26, 2016,

Forest for the trees

I remember way back in 1997 I had started this online chat site with friends I had met on The Palace. Members created art that was used as chat rooms to interact and keep in touch. A community grew into valued friendships that still exist to this day. The site was “Firebird’s Forest” and its net citizens were moderated by “Forest Rangers”. I was known as Firebird and that handle has stuck with me ever since.

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Christopher Chan

3D Artist

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