2019 News

The One Academy’s team brings home the honoured Creative School of the Year award
The One Academy’s team brings home the honoured Creative School of the Year award

A Grand Slam of Victories

Dubbed the “Oscars” of the Malaysian advertising industry, The Kancil Awards 2019 has just wrapped up and it was truly an illustrious occasion. The awards are divided into two parts namely the Kancil Awards, which sees to entries from renowned corporations and organisations and Student Kancil, an opportunity for driven students to send in their work to be assessed by industry experts and win acclaimed awards.

Right after receiving the rank of World’s No. 1 Best Art School (Concept Art & Illustration) in the international Rookie Awards 2019, The One Academy has also made its mark on home ground with recent achievements in the Student Kancil x sCooler Awards 2019 – the largest and most prestigious annual advertising awards celebrating creative works from all over the nation in an effort to recognise home-grown creative excellence.

The institution saw to an astounding 99 awards being brought home by the students and lecturers – winning 12 Golds, 18 Silvers, 30 Bronzes, 33 Merits, 3 Idea of the Year awards. In addition, it has clinched the honoured Creative School of the Year recognition for two years running in 2018 and 2019. On top of that, the Student of the Year went to Michael Lim Chung Leong & Lecturer of the Year went to Yan Li Wen, Head of the Advertising & Graphic Design Faculty.

The Gold Awards were received in the categories of: Best Idea for Social Good, Best Film & Audio Craft - Animation, Best Film & Audio Craft - Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Best Print & Poster: Campaign, Best Film - Video Content, Best Film - Branded Films, Static Visual Aesthetics - Art Direction, Digital Craft - Visual Design for Digital Platforms, and Digital Craft - User Experience & Journey Design.

This remarkable win stands as a testament that The One Academy is dedicated to producing fine talents all over Malaysia while staying true to its core belief and living up to the motto ‘Masters Train Masters’. Mr Tatsun Hoi, the founder and Principal of The One Academy believed that this was the right step in the direction of cementing the organisation as a top creative educational institution of international standards.

The Student of the Year award winner, Michael Lim relayed his feelings of being surprised when he found out he won. When asked about the preparations he made for the competition, he said “I received guidance and advice from lecturers during the process as they helped me to overcome many difficulties. They taught me to not only pay attention to aesthetics, but also to the rationale and meanings of the projects”. His advice to future participants is to always work hard and do their best to complete the project.  “Don't be lazy and don't lack confidence in yourself. If you feel you aren’t good enough, then try to improve and push yourself to your limit,” said Lim.

“It’s an encouragement to remind myself that everything I do to help my students do better work matters in the grand scheme of things. I believe our students are the real champions of this year’s show,” shared Yan Li Wen about receiving the Lecturer of the Year award.

Yan also noted that one of the biggest challenges students face when preparing to enter the advertising industry is the “fear that a career in advertising would rob them of their ‘life’, however people make their sacrifices and take a stand to make their work meaningful to them.” He then went on to say that this can be overcome when “you see your work as an enabler for you to achieve your goals in life rather than as an obstacle, then it becomes much easier for you to strive and excel in it.”

His word of advice to students in this field is to never rely on luck. “If you were to participate in any award shows (or do any assignments) - don’t treat it like a lottery game. Winners never depend on luck, and they are at most times, diligently benchmarking themselves against the best possible work that’s out there.  And if you were to fail, may it be a good one whereby you’ve done everything possible within your capacity to craft a beautiful work with a powerful idea,” he stated.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

Chai Bao Yi receiving the prize for her winning entry, ‘Saving Box’
Chai Bao Yi receiving the prize for her winning entry, ‘Saving Box’

The One Academy’s Roaring Pride

Tigers are the largest of the world’s big cats and with their distinctive orange and black stripes as well as beautifully marked faces; they are truly a sight to behold. Global Tiger Day, held annually on 29 July was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit with the aim to raise awareness for tiger conservation. In the last century, 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared, leaving a mere 3,900 left in the wild. It is now more important than ever for this issue to come to light, and Global Tiger Day aims to do so and bring a halt to the decline of tigers.

In conjunction with this significant occasion, the Maybank Foundation had organised an art competition open to all tertiary education students. The competition required participants to interpret Maybank’s TIGER values, Teamwork, Integrity, Growth, Excellence and Efficiency, and Relationship Building, presenting it photo imaging, illustration or sequential art. The competition was an enormous success drawing 363 entries from 264 students from 29 universities and colleges around the country. Out of these, 8 students from The One Academy have emerged as finalists with two going on to win top prizes.

Juan Edwin Kusmartin produced his exquisite illustration titled ‘The Fundamentals’ which bagged him the 3rd prize in the Illustration category whereas Chai Bao Yi was awarded the 2nd prize in the Sequential Art category for her masterpiece ‘Saving Box’. Cheang Yu Huan, Vianka Gunawan, Law Xue Jing, Febiola Mathovanny Tengku, Chaw Wen Ching and Chia Chee Ming emerged as finalists in the Illustration category with their inspiring artworks.

When asked how she felt about clinching the second prize, Chai Bao Yi remarked that she was ecstatic and proud of herself. “My painting skill is not very good so I worked very hard on this part, this competition has truly taught me how to create a meaningful image and also finish a completed artwork”, she said.

Another participant, Vianka Gunawan, whose art was inspired by the Tiger value ‘Teamwork’, said that the competition had equipped her with essentials skills for a young creative. “Some of the preparation I was required to do was research and learning more about the values, as well as identifying references”, she said of the habits she picked up along the journey of the competition. She also advised future participants to “not to be discouraged by others' design”.

Cheang Yu Huan, one of the finalist in the Illustration category with her digital art titled ‘Eternal Growth’ thanked The One Academy for inculcating great researching and drawing skills in her. “TOA also helped a lot in the sense of letting us discover ourselves but also pushing us to discover more. I think that is a really important aspect as a learning designer, because that is how you would learn and recognize good or bad design which helps to develop your own unique style”, said Yu Huan.

Ventures such as these are in line with The One Academy’s aim of nurturing creative talents that are aware of the industry standards in addition to providing them the platforms to further hone their skills. Through participation, these students are also able to meet, exchange ideas with as well as get inspired by other talents in the creative scene which ultimately opens up tons of networking possibilities.

When asked about their advice to fellow juniors, many of them wished them luck and reminded to never give up. Chaw Wen Ching, another finalist, said “express yourself as much as you can, let the creativity flow. Time management is also very important”. Febiola Mathovanny urged students to “listen to the lecturer as they are more experienced and will give us more knowledge. In school we need to learn from zero to be able to learn something new”.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

A group photo of The One Academy’s students and lecturers
A group photo of The One Academy’s students and lecturers with the World’s Tallest Pencil encased in the glass tower at Faber-Castell Malaysia

A Victory That Cannot Be Erased

As one of the world’s largest and oldest manufacturer of stationeries and art supplies headquartered in Germany, Faber-Castell has been around for 258 years. With its Research & Development as well as eraser production manufacturing plant here in Malaysia, the Mini Sleeve Eraser Packaging Design Competition was held and open to all students of The One Academy.

Contestants were required to come up with designs for the Mini Sleeve Eraser, an award-winning eraser that comes with a protective sleeve to keep it clean, based on the concept of ‘4 Seasons’, totalling to four designs in a range. They were instructed to create their designs on A4-sized canvases, matching the colour of the themes with the erasers using colour pencils, watercolour, acrylic and oil painting as choices of medium.

Chuah Yu Ming, an Illustration major at The One Academy was crowned the Grand Prize winner. He won RM1,000 in cash prize, products hamper worth RM800 and a certificate from Faber-Castell. First time participating in a design competition, he did not have high expectations and just tried his best, hoping to gain some experience out of it.

“My design is titled ‘Astronaut and Alien’ and features comical illustrations of an astronaut who bothers an alien using the eraser as a weapon, since they’re both “drawings”. The idea came to me when I was watching some videos about space. I drew both characters in a cute style to more likely attract children,” explained Chuah.

“To prepare for this competition, I sketched out a few ideas that I think could work, and showed them to my lecturer who gave me some pointers. By planning in the beginning stage and sketching out to visualise the final pieces, I was able to save myself from making too many mistakes in the drawing process,” he added.

The Second Prize was awarded to Goh Jia Hern while the Third Prize went to Sylvia Oi Sze-Wei, who each respectively took home RM600 and RM400 in cash, products hampers worth RM500 and RM300 as well as certificates. The 10 Consolation Prize winners also each received product hampers worth RM300 and a certificate.

“My idea came from the four seasons and the typical activities done during each. For example, swimming to cool oneself off during summertime and spending time outside in springtime when it is cool and nice with flowers blooming beautifully. The main character is a red fox inspired from my previous assignment,” said Goh, who is a Foundation student.

“My idea was inspired by the 4 major subjects usually learned in school, which are: Science, Math, Arts and Languages. I found the eraser unique because of its ability to be turned in and out of its sleeve, thus creating different shapes to form objects suitable for each subject – a rocket, a mathematical compass, a dress and a moustache,” shared Oi, an Advertising & Graphic Design student.

“Go for it and give your best shot, it’s always better to try than never trying at all. To quote Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” and I truly agree with that,” she offered in advice to other competition hopefuls.

Debbie Chin Cher Wei is the Deputy Head of Advertising & Graphic Design at The One Academy who, together with a team of lecturers, supervised and guided the students with their concept and design direction. She said, “We always encourage students to take part in competitions like these as they are good opportunities to help push their creativity, build their passion and confidence, especially when their work is featured. The winners’ designs will be applied and used in Faber-Castell’s product packaging globally.”

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

The One Academy is ranked World’s No. 1 Best Concept Art & Illustration School of 2019 by The Rookies
The One Academy is ranked World’s No. 1 Best Concept Art & Illustration School of 2019 by The Rookies

The One Academy is World’s No. 1 for Concept Art & Illustration

The Rookies had recently announced the winners of the Rookies World School Rankings 2019, regarded as the world’s most respected rankings for educational facilities that prepare artists for careers in creative media and entertainment industries. The rankings are based on the quality and performance of student work submitted to the Rookie Awards 2019. This year, the awards saw 3,548 entries from over 500 academic facilities across 89 countries, competed for the coveted School of the Year titles.

The One Academy has attained the rank of World’s No. 1 Best Concept Art & Illustration School. This achievement is a monumental breakthrough as it is a first for Malaysia. In addition to that prestigious and coveted title, it also ranked World’s No. 4 Best Architectural Visualisation School, World’s No. 4 Best 3D Motion Graphics School and World’s No. 10 Best Game Design School.

As one of the leaders in creative education, The One Academy always encourages its students to go above and beyond by partaking in various competitions to showcase their talents, boost their morale and gain valuable experience. These glorious accomplishments could not have been possible without the immense talents and efforts of its students and academic teams.

The Rookie Awards is an annual competition open to all amateurs from students, recent graduates and self-taught artists who are trying to break into the creative media and entertainment industry. Its goal is to encourage and motivate artists to share their work, help build their confidence and find out how their skills stack up against other artists around the world. Each entrant is awarded an official ranking and badge that are highly recommended to be displayed on their website or LinkedIn profile to add a level of professionalism and industry respect.

The rankings are broken down into six categories: Best 3D Motion Graphics Schools, Best Animation Schools, Best Architectural Visualisation Schools, Best Concept Art & Illustration Schools, Best Game Design Schools & Best Visual Effects Schools. The student winners were selected by the official Judging Panel featuring an impressive line-up of over 120 highly influential and respected industry experts from around the world, including Oscar winners and agency founders.

Since 2009, The Rookies have helped place more than 100 artists in jobs across Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and the US. These artists have gone on to work on films such as Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Mummy, Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers, and AAA-level games such as Hellblade, Far Cry and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Having competed for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title, Meryl Lee Yen Yen, a 21-year-old Digital Media Design student of The One Academy also scooped the People’s Choice Award. Her entry titled “A Tour Into The Past” won in the Immersive Media category, featuring a 19th century VR experience tour of the Penang Peranakan Mansion Museum in a 3D environment. She created this project with the 3D modelling skills and coding in Unity that she had learnt.

“By incorporating new technology to feature an old culture, I hoped to help modern society learn more about the culture. I was inspired by my mother’s side of the family who are Baba Nyonya, and I wanted to know more about how they used to live in those days,” explained Lee.

“Just be proud of your own work and give it your all. All those sleepless nights and hard work won’t be in vain. As a person who had low hopes about winning anything, I just tried my luck. Don’t be scared to share your work to the world even if you think that it’s mediocre. You’ll never know what could happen,” she said in advice.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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Renowned Malaysian fashion designer Eric Choong and his exclusive Batik-inspired collection

ESMOD X Avenue K Brings You ‘Stories’!

In an effort to provide a platform for aspiring fashion designers to shine, ESMOD KL has teamed up with Avenue K to bring you ‘Stories’, a retail initiative. Recently launched, this pop-up store hosts tons of exciting apparel, art as well as food and beverages, making it the ultimate destination for style enthusiasts!

‘Stories’ kicked off with 10 talented fashion designers from ESMOD KL who were given the chance to showcase their masterpieces to the public. They will be exhibiting their collection alongside celebrated fashion designer Eric Choong, whose Batik-inspired apparel will also be made available at lot M-1, Mezzanine Floor, Avenue K from now onwards.

Showcased at the launch through an exciting fashion show were outfits from Bunbun, MOM, Homun Hooi, scotty., Vibrate Malaysia, GIOVANI PHANDI, Lhy, Lazyheads, ANGEL PONG and LIREN, the impressive collections of our talented ESMODians. Members of the public were awe-struck by the parading of unique ready-to-wear apparel down the escalators and onto the striking fashion runway. Besides that, entertaining performances and scrumptious snacks awaited the attendees of the fun event.

The fashion designers themselves were also present to attend to any questions or queries the attendees had about their collections. This presented a unique opportunity for both the buyer and the retailer as customers do not usually get to meet the creative talent behind their apparel. This made for memorable moments as they exchanged feedbacks, opinions and more.

Present at the launch was Pang Sze Sze, the General Manager of Avenue K who expressed excitement over the talents’ creations, “each with its own design inspirations and stories to tell and all woven into the rich colours, gorgeous prints, funky interpretations and unique styles that define what STORIES is all about, the space for which creativity knows no bound”.

Representative of The One Academy, Loke Va Nee highlighted the recent achievements of the creative institute and the opportunity for more partnerships in her speech, stating that “of recent we have been awarded World’s Top Best Concept Art and Illustration school for the Rookie Award 2019 based on our students work submissions and we are more than pleased to share our creative growth with Avenue K and for further collaborations in bridging retail, fashion and education”.

When asked about the challenges faced while preparing for this project, one of the designers, Homun Hooi, said “time was definitely a challenge. We had to design, prepare and produce a number of outfits in time for the opening. However, it was truly a remarkable experience”.

Another young designer involved, Liew Hui Ying who produced the collection Lhy stated that activities such as these gave them a chance to scope out the market. “We are able to see for ourselves what the consumers want, what they don’t like and more. That kind of feedback is really important, helps us improve our work based on market needs”, she said.

Besides giving the up-and-coming designers a chance to promote their label and collections, Stories also allows the public to immerse themselves in local talent and marvel at the amazing ensembles on hand. Ventures such as these are in line with ESMOD KL’s aim of nurturing fashion designers who are not only able to meet the demands of the industry but also to go above and beyond in the fashion world.

Stylish rewards await shoppers who spend at Stories featuring exclusive giveaways from ESMOD Kuala Lumpur designers, the Art of Eric Choong as well as Midorie Café. Head on over to Stories in Avenue K to see, shop and support our local fashion designers!

Indeed, students of ESMOD Kuala Lumpur are always encouraged to challenge themselves by participating in competitions that expose them to real life industry practice to put to test what they have already learnt from ESMOD Kuala Lumpur, which is under the umbrella of the world’s first and oldest fashion school in the world with over 170 years of history! As one of the leading fashion design institutions in the country, ESMOD Kuala Lumpur pledges to provide the best education programme and continues to nurture its students passionately through the world class intensive course of ESMOD Fashion Design & Pattern Making.

For more information, visit www.esmod.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to esmod@toa.edu.my / enquiry@toa.edu.my

ESMOD KL Graduation Fashion Show 2019
(front from right) Liew Hung Yi, ‘Best Fashion Design’ award; Nadine Hesham, ‘Golden Needle Award’; Goh Jian Chang, ‘Best Pattern Making’ award. Standing at the back is ESMOD KL team, panel of judges from the fashion industry and models

ESMOD KL Graduation Fashion Show 2019 Showcasing Exquisite Designs by Creative Talents

The ESMOD Kuala Lumpur’s graduating batch is back with a stellar fashion show lined up to showcase their masterpieces. The event which happened on 17th August 2019 at Level 1, The One Academy saw to numerous amazing outfits designed and created by the young fashion designers themselves.

The fashion show was made up of students of the Paris Fashion Design and Pattern Making course who conceptualized their pieces based on the theme, ‘Zeitgeist’ which signifies the spirit of time. In German, ‘zeit’ means time whereas ‘geist’ signifies spirit. Zeitgeist, or the spirit of time, is incarnated through the collections of FD1609. Each budding fashion designer presented their own interpretation of the 21st century by highlighting what is most essential to them through intricate designs and inspiring fashion. The team behind ‘Zeitgeist’ consisted of 14 fashion designers who have put their best foot forward in coming up with 66 outfits designed spectacularly.

Upon graduation, these young talents will go out to take the fashion world by storm and this fashion show serves as a prelude to their talents and creativity. In previous years, the past ESMOD KL graduation fashion shows have been a stunning success and we aim to continue providing a platform for the students to proudly exhibit their hard work and knowledge earned over the years. The panel of judges is made up of several notable names in the industry such as fashion designers Bon Zainal, Jymmy Wong, Khoon Hooi and Carven Ong.

During the ESMOD KL graduation fashion show, the ESMOD Paris Head of Fashion Design, Paul Marchand, on behalf of ESMOD International, awarded a few prestigious accolades to the top students as a token of appreciation and to honour their hard work thus far. These students were nominated by their lecturers for their exemplary effort throughout their journey at ESMOD KL.

The winner of the ‘Best Pattern Making’ award is Goh Jian Chang. His collection ‘I’m home’ was inspired by the homeless to show that even though they are apart from the society, they have a community that will help each other. The ‘Best Fashion Design’ award was received by Liew Hung Yi for his collection ‘Is This life? Or Theatre?’. Inspired by the paintings of Charlotte Salomon and The Diary of A Little Girl by Anne Frank, this collection is designed from the perspective of a kid’s imagination and follows the idea of finding life’s meaning in an imperfect world.

“ESMOD KL has a good reputation and I think they are the best in Malaysia. That's why I chose to study there,” said Goh Jian Chang on his preferred choice on fashion education.

“For people who are interested in fashion design, I think you should definitely give it a try to see if you like it. Be creative, be fun and try it, you only live once,” Liew Hung Yi advised to those who are keen in fashion.

The biggest award of the night, the coveted ‘Golden Needle Award’, was bestowed upon Nadine Hesham. This prestigious award of a pure gold needle made into a necklace is presented by ESMOD International to top students who have shown an exemplary attitude and to honour their achievements throughout their time at ESMOD Kuala Lumpur. Her collection ‘Nine’ was inspired by the definition of femininity, capturing how all women are feminine at heart but the way they choose to express their feminine side is up to each woman even if it doesn’t match up with society’s idea of femininity.

“Always be confident in your stuff and never waste time,” offered Nadine Hesham as advice for accomplishing one’s goals.

It is easy to see that the future is indeed bright for these young fashion designers as they have created not only amazing pieces of fashion but also exceptional works of art in their masterpieces. The next step in their journey to success is to undergo an internship under some of the biggest names in the fashion industry to further enhance their skills. This has been practice under the ESMOD program in collaboration with ESMOD International over the years.

Our heartiest gratitude to the great sponsors Private Color and Make Up For Ever for helping us pull off yet another spectacular ESMOD KL graduation fashion show.

Indeed, students of ESMOD Kuala Lumpur are always encouraged to challenge themselves by participating in competitions that expose them to real life industry practice to put to test what they have already learnt from ESMOD Kuala Lumpur, which is under the umbrella of the world’s first and oldest fashion school in the world with over 170 years of history! As one of the leading fashion design institutions in the country, ESMOD Kuala Lumpur pledges to provide the best education programme and continues to nurture its students passionately through the world class intensive course of ESMOD Fashion Design & Pattern Making.

For more information, visit www.esmod.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to esmod@toa.edu.my / enquiry@toa.edu.my

A group photo
A group photo with the students as Dr. Eric Leong, The One Academy’s Head of Interior Design Department presents her with a token of appreciation

Designing with Everyone in Mind

In a recent Professional Insightful Sharing Session (P.I.S.S. 2019) organised by The One Academy’s School of Interior Design, Ar. Sharifah Noor Nazim, Head of Division at Universiti Malaya’s Department of Development & Estate Management (DDEM), was invited to give a sharing on “Disabled Awareness: Inclusivity in Interior Spaces”. She gave students real insights into her everyday life as an in-house architect for the university and imparted knowledge to spread the awareness.

According to her, the knowledge on this topic typically applies to architects; however, as interior designers it is important to be socially conscious of this matter as well. Both architecture and interior design play very big roles in designing spaces for people who are physically challenged. While creating aesthetically pleasing interior spaces, many times the needs of people with special care are forgotten or overlooked. Designs are often created for a perfect world, but it contradicts reality and the minority groups will feel the sting the most.

She explained on inclusivity and what it means. Inclusivity means including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of minority groups. In other words, it means provision without discrimination or segregation. Discrimination is not just about physical discrimination, but runs deeper to cultural. Unlike people, spaces should not discriminate.

The types of challenges consist of movement, speech, hearing, mental and visual. Pregnant women and the elderly are also included in the physically challenged bracket as they have difficulty moving around. Two key goals out of the 6 Strategic Thrusts embedded in The Eleventh Malaysia Plan include “enhancing inclusiveness towards an equitable society” and “improving well-being for all”. It is the next crucial step in our journey to become an advanced nation that is inclusive and sustainable.

In this day and age, this group of people are still being discriminated. It is mainly due to facilities that have limited access, are poorly managed, difficult to use, expensive and usually barricaded. Other factors include inequality and low awareness. For those who are disabled or are related to someone who is, they would know how challenging it is to navigate around spaces that are not designed to accommodate them.

She mentioned that in terms of design influence, it should be respectful, flexible, inclusive, convenient, accommodating, affordable, and able to be used independently without assistance. Adding to that, design criteria may include tactile, smell and colour contrast as way-finding, Bluetooth technology to help with navigation, sound-activated elevators, automated doors, ramps for wheelchairs, lowered level of switches and sinks, sidewalk railings to avoid from falling onto the street as well as changing door knobs to levers or push buttons.

She provided pointers to The One Academy students on how to come up with a great design, which are to collect sufficient information, consult people from all backgrounds, collaborate with various parties and importantly, never stopping at enough and to always go the extra mile. She wrapped up with a quote from Chris Downey, a blind architect, “Architecture for the blind is just like any other architecture, only better.”

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

The students receiving their prize and certificates
(from right) Chloe Chue Sook Leng, Shawn Siew Rong Jin, Tan Wei Zun, Khor Shing Nam, Low Yong Sen receiving their prize and certificates

Lights! Camera! Victory!

Malaysia Gifts Fair is one of the most innovative and largest gifts, premium and stationery fair in ASEAN and this year’s exhibition saw to more than 350 booths featuring over 20,000 gift ideas from local & overseas exhibitors. In conjunction with this event, the Power of Gift Giving Students Short Video Contest was organised by Malaysia Gifts Fair and supported by Film Directors' Association of Malaysia (FDAM). A group of talented students from The One Academy had participated and emerged victorious! A huge congrats to Khor Shing Nam, Shawn Siew Rong Jin, Low Yong Sen, Tan Wei Zun and Chue Sook Leng for their short video ‘Father’s Gift’. They bagged second place winning a cash prize of RM5000 as well as Certificates of Merit.

The story ‘Father’s Gift’ follows the tale of Dennis who hails from a poor family with a colour blind and mute father. Although they are very poor, his father still buys birthday gifts for Dennis every year without fail. The story picks up on a particular year when his father accidentally buys a pink shirt for Dennis as a gift. The gift is rejected as Dennis has had enough of seemingly childish presents. He also wishes for a father who can understand him and his wants better. However, in it hits home that it is him who has failed to understand his father.

Tan Wei Zun recalled on how when he and his group mates first heard about the short video competition, they were on semester break. Despite not having much prior experience in film making, they decided to give it a shot as it seemed like a good learning opportunity. “We used what we learned during classes and some of our own knowledge to shoot the video. It was fun and exciting, also because my group mates and I had the same interest in filming videos, everything went quite smoothly throughout our shooting”, said Wei Zun. Besides that, he also mentioned that one of the subjects they undertook at The One Academy, ‘Video Production’ came in handy as they had an idea on how producing a video from start to end works.

When asked about how they felt upon hearing that they were the first runner up, he said they were elated but also rather surprised as it was their very first time partaking in a student short film competition. In terms of preparation done, he said they were fortunate as the competition took place during break, ensuring they had plenty of time to meet-up, discuss and go over the details such as storyline and more. Wei Zun said “we had to make sure our story and plot followed the brief and did not break any rules”. Thus, planning well beforehand was vital to avoid surprises down the line. However, the road to victory was not all smooth sailing as the group faced their fair share of challenges too. One of the main obstacles faced was the time limit requirement of the short video. “We were told that the duration of the video is 2 minutes max and had to cut down many of the scenes to try and fit the main content within this duration”, said Wei Zun.

Although challenging, this experience was definitely one they cherish as it was a great learning opportunity for the students. Their advice to future participants was to always listen to the opinions of their team mates and do not let lack of experience stop you from trying out. “If you don’t try, you will never know!” exclaimed Tan Wei Zun.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

The winning teams from The One Academy
The winning teams from The One Academy (foreground, from left): Lim Joe Yi, Syafa Sakinah, Aresha Suraya, Chua E-Xuan and Tan Lai Zeng

A Day Is All It Takes

The Roca One Day Design Challenge is a design competition organised by Roca, a company that specialises in the design, production and commercialisation of products for the bathroom space. The competition is a race against time aimed at students and young professionals under the age of 30 who are starting out in the design and architecture sectors. Taking place every year in different cities around the world, this contest supports young talents by providing them with a platform to boost their creativity.

During the competition, participants tackle the challenge of creating original concepts and innovative solutions related to the bathroom space in just one day. With the aim of promoting and providing visibility to young talents, the members of the jury are renowned professionals of each country that value the originality, creativity and feasibility of the ideas. Thanks to their passion and talent, these creative and enterprising participants have stood out in designing innovative and original creations.

The edition of the One Day Design Challenge in Malaysia united over 220 young talents from all over the country. Held in Kuala Lumpur, the concept given was to rethink a basin design to include other features and functionalities apart from the current ones. Out of all the submissions, Amnion – a joint effort between Aresha Suraya Roslan of The One Academy and her friend, was chosen as the Winner. The project presented a wholesome solution that works both as a conventional basin and ergonomic baby bath tub, with the concept derived from the amniotic sac that provides a protective and comfortable environment for the foetus inside the womb.

“It was my first design competition as a professional, so I didn’t have any high expectations on winning as my intention was purely to gain experience. I’m still overwhelmed to this day, that I’ll be representing Malaysia next year in Barcelona for the Master Design Challenge 2020,” said Aresha, who is a lecturer at the college.

She also shared that the whole experience was eye-opening – having only had a few hours to brainstorm and settle on an idea and making sure that it fulfils every requirement stated in the brief. All in all, she said that the unique design competition was a positive brain-training and satisfying as well.

“Try to tick off as much requirements on the brief as you can, design based on functionalities and finally support them with aesthetics through design principles and elements. Form follows function is always the best strategy for product design,” she said in advice to those who wish to partake in such competitions.

From The One Academy as well, students Lim Joe Yi scored the Third Prize with her project, Kontrol, while Tan Lai Zeng and Chua E-Xuan took home the Special Prize with their submission, Dry Basin. Kontrol is designed based on the idea of controlling water usage in which the transparent glass tank of the basin allows the accumulation of water up to a certain amount and stops filling after. Meanwhile, Dry Basin reacts to the levels of water usage by changing its colour according to the intensity of use.

“It definitely felt very nerve-racking due to the time limit yet exciting at the same time as this was my first experience designing a project on the spot and completing it within the given period of time, especially when we have to compete with many other competitors,” recounted Lim, who also said that winning the competition gave her a feeling of recognition and encouragement in the product design field.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

The winners posing with their awards
The winners (from left) Tang Ker Nee, Dinh Phuong Thao, Lai Kok Wei and Cindy Noveli posing with their awards

Bringing Taiwan Excellence to The One Academy

For years, the Taiwan Excellence Award has been bestowed upon outstanding products that offer innovative value encompassing smart technologies, renovation materials, household hardware and other home solutions. Products with a the Taiwan Excellence mark are known to be not only of reliable quality but also of good design and image in a bid to boost their competitiveness in the international market.

Recently, Taiwan Excellence collaborated with The One Academy to bring students an exclusive opportunity to design and showcase their vision of a modern lifestyle using their products. The task given to students was to conceptualise and design a sketch of a fully-furnished space that utilises products from brands awarded the coveted Taiwan Excellence Award. Many had participated and showcased their talent through numerous exciting and engaging designs, and four of The One Academy’s students emerged victorious. Dinh Phuong Thao, Tang Ker Nee, Lai Kok Wei and Cindy Noveli from the school of Interior Architecture and Design put their talents to the test and came out on top!

Dinh Phuong and Tang Ker Nee, who bagged first prize, walked away with an iPad each whereas Lai Kok Wei received a Bluetooth speaker for coming in second. The second runner-up, Cindy Noveli won herself a portable hard disk. When asked about what motivated him to join this competition, Lai Kok Wei said he found out about it through one of the groups organised by the Interior Design faculty, Design Ninja. This group enables students to join numerous competitions and projects in a bid to learn more about trends as well design standards in the industry. “It is a great initiative and compulsory for all Interior Design students, therefore I am able to partake in all these exciting competitions and sharpen my skills”, said Lai.

Winning any competition, let alone an international one is no easy feat and definitely brings on a lot of emotions. “I was really happy of course, but I feel that there is still room for me to improve”, said Lai. Similarly, second runner up Cindy Noveli also recalled feeling shocked when she heard she had won and felt happy that she decided to give this competition a go. Cindy’s take on the design followed a modern Scandinavian style of interiors and required many steps of preparation. “First, I I made a mood board to choose the color tone for my design. After that, I roughly sketched my idea following which I built the necessary products, such as rice cooker, water dispenser, rack and more. Finally, I started to assemble the kitchen itself and put all the products inside”, she relayed.

Tang Ker Nee, on the other hand, spent most of her time looking for inspiration. “Once you get an idea of what your design should look like, from then on it is just a matter of making it happen”, she stated. When asked about the challenges they faced during the competition, all the participants had similar answers. Most cited need to divide their time to work on both assignments on hand as well as the competition to be one of the toughest parts.

 “Of all the bumps in the road, handling both the competition and my degree course work at the same time was a challenge. It was a really stressful time but looking back, the effort that I’ve put in was worth the sleepless nights”, recounted Tang. Another trial faced was using software to produce realistic looking products in their designs. Lai Kok Wei recalled how he had to keep trying over and over until he was satisfied with the appearance of the products. Ensuring that the products were recognisable was vital as they had to incorporate Taiwan Excellence Award-winning items into their interior designs.  For Cindy, a very trying aspect was to nail the balance between a simple yet beautiful and functional design.

Their advice to future contestants of this competition is to keep trying and never give up. “Competitions such as these are an excellent way to hone your design skills and a great learning opportunity” said Lai. Another important thing to note is to always be open to criticism. “Learn from your mistake and always ask for people’s feedback on your work, especially your lecturers. My lecturers were always there to give me pointers and comment on my work which made me work even harder”, concluded Cindy.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

Cammy Aw, Dr. Eric Leong and the attendees posing for a group photo
Cammy Aw, Dr. Eric Leong and the attendees posing for a group photo

Venturing Beyond the Comfort Zone for Success

Recently, an alumna of The One Academy’s School of Interior Architecture & Design dropped by to give an insightful sharing session with the students. Cammy Aw, who is now the co-founder of DOS Design Studio in Ecuador, was in town to receive the prestigious Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Creative Youth Award. During the session, she shared with the students how stepping out of her comfort zone enabled her to not only win numerous competitions, but also allowed her to network and work with some of the top players in the interior design industry abroad. She emphasised the importance of collaboration and advised students to always share their ideas, expertise and knowledge as this would help them grow by leaps and bounds.

One of the key advices she shared with the students was to always be ready to step out of their comfort zones. She recounted her schooling days where her lecturer would motivate her to join multiple competitions and projects. She did so despite having hesitations and doubt on her capabilities. “Those competitions that I joined helped shape me into who I am today”, said Cammy. Her passion in arts and drawing and arts started early on as she was always drawing or sketching in her free time. One of her favourite pieces of work is a painting of a tiger which she produced for her mom’s birthday as a gift. “My mom’s zodiac animal is a tiger; hence it seemed like a perfect fit”. Her talent in hand sketching proved to be useful in other areas of her life as well.

After graduating from The One Academy, Cammy moved abroad to the United States to pursue her future in interior design.  A bold but nevertheless a fruitful move, it was here that she built a strong foundation for herself. While pursuing her higher studies, she regularly took part in competitions in the hopes of improving herself and learning. It was through one such competition during which she earned herself the coveted ASID Georgia Chapter Design Excellence Award. The competition required her to conceptualise and come up with an interior design sketch. “I knew that most participants would use numerous programmes to produce their design, therefore I decided to hand sketch mine out. It was a bold move, but it paid off”, she said. Her hand-drawn sketch landed her a Merit Award. Recently, she emerged as champion in the Ecuador National Interior Design Competition, a truly impressive feat.

This accomplishment was followed by a string of others including the opportunity to work for the Computer Museum of America in Atlanta. She worked on SCAD, a Collaborative Learning Center to develop their interiors and lend a hand in setting up exciting showcases of computers. It was here she learned another important lesson which she shared with the attendees of the session. “Two is always better than one, when I was brainstorming for this project with my partner, we came up with exciting ideas that truly impressed the panel, landing us the project and many others after”, she recounted. Her other projects include the revamping of a cafeteria, working on several public places such as parks and hotels and designing the landmark Cruise Terminal in Manta, Ecuador.  

She also emphasised on the importance of giving your best in all that you do. “I remember as part of winning the ASID competition, we were required to present our entire portfolio to a panel of renowned figures in the interior design industry. We were only given five minutes, and although my language skills are not the best, I made sure I delivered a powerful and passionate presentation”, said Cammy. After the end of the presentation, she was approached by one of the members of the panel who congratulated her for an astounding presentation and offered her a position in HKS Architects in Dallas. She was overjoyed and highlighted to the students that if she had shied away or not gave her all that day, an excellent opportunity might have been missed.

Today, Cammy Aw is the co-founder of DOS Design Studios in Guayaquil, Ecuador where she and her partner, architect Adrian Ramirez, undertake many projects to design, build and develop large-scale projects, urban plans, buildings, parks and more. Success is truly sweet but it does have its drawbacks at times. Cammy shared with students that her international career meant she spends long periods of time away from her family and her homeland. “I get really homesick at times and lonely too”. But I always remember to make some time for myself and get in touch with loved ones as having a work life balance is vital. When asked how does she combat being stuck in a rut, she replied that she if a particular project or design is giving her a creative block, she puts it on hold and immerses herself in other activities. “Putting it out of your mind allows you to get away, refresh your mind and return to it with a new mind set, this truly helps me”, she advised.

The informative session wrapped with a Q&A session with the head of The One Academy’s Interior Architecture and Design department, Dr. Eric Leong. The attendees left the venue motivated and ready to step out of their comfort zones to reach for success.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

A group photo together with the students of Digital Media Design
A group photo together with the students of Digital Media Design

Leaving Lasting Impressions Through Interactive Designs

Tsuqi Hoh Yoke Mei, Creative Director at Multimedia People – MMP Singapore, was recently invited to conduct a sharing titled “Creating Narrative Spaces Through Experiential Design” at The One Academy. The Malaysia Outstanding Creative Youth Award recipient and graduate of the academy shared her expertise and experience with students of the Digital Media Design major.

With close to 11 years’ experience of working in the industry specialising in experiential design, her sharing aimed to expose students to the great potential of digital media design and to better grasp what experiential design means. Experiential design is the art of interactive storytelling involving environment design; in simpler words, designing a space or an experience that surrounds the visitor and transform it into something impressive and immersive, possibly involving all the five senses.

Experiential designs are usually found in spaces such as museums, art galleries, offices, shopping malls, concert halls, hotels, airports and hospitals. The existence of these designs do add value and eventually turn the spaces into tourist attractions. The three strategies to an effective experiential design are – strong graphics displayed in an attractive visual environment, interactive components either digital or traditional to engage visitors, and well-articulated content that resonates with the audience.

“To achieve a seamless experience, we need to mix the tangible – such as space and objects, with the intangible – which is interactive digital work. The aim is to create personal connections for each and every visitor,” explained Hoh.

She also shared some of her notable works done with her team at MMP. Her proudest achievement was for the project “Paradox-ity: City of Contrast” which won two international awards at the World Expo in Yeosu, South Korea. Meanwhile, the most satisfying project was “The Sea in Our Lives” for Singapore Maritime Gallery where it depicts how everything in Singapore is imported and comes in through its seaports. The most talked about project however is for Gardens by the Bay, where the energy used to power the two super domes is harvested from the super trees and biofuel from plants.

 She conveyed that the skill sets needed to be a digital media designer in experiential design are to be open-minded and willing to work on projects out of the box, to not limit oneself to the tools, as well as to be able to design, program and most importantly, imagine the whole process and end result. She also urged to learn new things every day, explaining that the nature of her job is to share the knowledge learned by finding interesting ways to share it with everyone.

“You must have the passion. There will be obstacles at any point in time from the beginning to the end. However, never give up,” she said of the essential qualities needed to succeed in the industry.

“If you’re not brave enough to try, then you won’t get there,” she imparted to the students lastly.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

The Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards winners with The One Academy’s Founder & Principal, Tatsun Hoi.
The Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards winners with The One Academy’s Founder & Principal, Tatsun Hoi

Meet the Winners of Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards 2019!

The nationwide art competition organized by The One Academy that spanned over the past few months has come to a close on 20th July 2019 at The One Academy’s new campus in Petaling Jaya. The coveted Gold Award and prize of The One Academy scholarship worth RM80,000 as well as RM20,000 cash prize was won by Chee Hoe Yin from Selangor. Following that, the Silver Award winner Ng Yan Lei from Selangor and the Bronze Award winner Lim Hui Xin from Penang won scholarships worth RM60,000 and RM40,000 respectively as well as cash prize of RM1,000 each. The seven other Young Artists Awards winners each received RM25,000 worth of scholarship, RM1,000 prize money and certificates of excellence. A big congrats to Tan Yenxin and Lee Chi Xuan from Penang, Marcus Tan Guang Zhi and Ng Jing Han from Selangor, Low Kah Guan of Kedah, Tan Guan Yuan of Perak and Kua Wei Lun from Johor.

Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards runs annually in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, in conjunction with its school holiday release, which for this year is ‘Toy Story 4’. This is in line with the theme of the competition for this year – ‘Toys’ Late Night Adventure at the Fun Fair’. This year, there were more than 3,000 Round 1 entries from 400 schools nationwide whereas Round 2 saw to over 1,500 participants. These hopeful young contenders hailing from the East of Malaysia – Sibu, Kuching, Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau to the West – Ipoh, George Town, Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru and the Klang Valley were vying for the top spots.

The event was not all work as the family, friends and contestants who attended the ceremony got the opportunity to explore The One Academy’s new campus and its Digital Art and Creative Design Expo, a public exhibit displaying a variety of impressive works by students. The participants and parents were shown the multitude of promising career possibilities that the creative industry has to offer at the expo.

In an effort to recognise and appreciate the passion of art educators, the Distinguished Art Educator Awards was awarded to the art teachers who helped nurture the Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists winners. While the Gold Award winner is self-taught, the teacher of the Silver Award winner, Mr. Fok Kuk Foong, and the Bronze Award winner’s teacher, Mr. Cheng Yeow Chye both received a certificate of appreciation and cash prize of RM1,000. This year, the Malaysia Art Educator Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ms. Tan Ngee Kong from the Jit Sin Independent High School who has been teaching art for the past 27 years. This award was conferred to her as a symbol of gratitude for her unending dedication and contribution to art education.

The awards ceremony also celebrated 10 inspiring individuals who have taken the creative industry by storm since graduating from The One Academy. The Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Creative Youth Awards was awarded to Heng Thang Wei, Creative Director of Grey Malaysia; Kuan Sook Chiung, Senior Digital Media Design Lecturer at The One Academy; Cammy Aw Wan Zhing, Co-Founder of DOS Design Studio; Tan Sueh Li, Type & Graphic Designer and Founder of Huruf; Jose Francisco Canete Cua, Lead Concept Artist at Mocreative; Bryan Lee Swee Cheong, The One Academy’s Senior Art Lecturer; Estee Goh Soo Theng, Interior Designer at Quirk & Associates; Ryan Wong Kok Tak, CEO & Creative Director of Glow Production; Tsuqi Hoh Yoke Mei, Creative Director at Multimedia People – MMP Singapore and Nicholas Quek Way Wern, Character Animator at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

To date, Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards has given out more than RM16.8 million worth of scholarships to deserving talented individuals all over Malaysia. Currently in its 22nd year, this art competition brings out the best and most talented young artists and nurtures them to help lead them to success.

Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards will still hold steadfast to its mission to discover new young talents. Those who want to establish a career in the creative industry can pursue their studies at The One Academy, one of the leading creative institutions in the country, who continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Digital Animation with Game Development, Digital Media Design, Illustration, Movie & Game Art, Film Visual Effects, Fine Arts and ESMOD Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For further enquiries, contact The One Academy at 03-7875 5510, email enquiry@toa.edu.my or visit www.toa.edu.my for more information.

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The award received as a finalist of the UN SDG Action Award 2019

The One Academy’s Aspirations for A Sustainable Future

Every year, the UN SDG Action Awards, organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign, recognise individuals, civil society organisations, subnational governments, foundations and changemakers who are taking transformative action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) across a range of categories: mobilizer, storyteller, campaigner, visualizer, connector, include and creative. Advocates are translating the global goals into local action, and are making an impact through innovation, dedication and collaboration.

One such advocate of the global cause is The One Academy and its team of students from Digital Media Design, who participated with their initiative titled “Our Sustainability – A Reminder Through Interactive Experience”. A project collaboration with Sunway Malls, interactive installation was chosen as the approach to bring SDG awareness to mall visitors. The challenge was set upon the 18 multimedia students, having turned it into a semester-long course project.

With restless efforts driven by creativity, grit and determination, they truly outdid themselves. In the campaign that has seen over 2,000 applicants from 142 countries, The One Academy team has emerged as a Top 3 finalist in the “Creative” category. Shedding light onto real-world situations, four interactive installations were presented to the public, reminding people of experiences that are otherwise taken for granted.

“Beyond The Garden Wall” is a replica of a low-income home that attempts to demystify the causes and effects of urban poverty. “SAW” (Sexist Arm Wrestling) is a game to raise awareness on gender equality, allowing the public to experience a representation of the frustrating social discrimination faced by women. “Mao” is an interactive flip book that tells a short story through animation displayed using Pepper’s ghost illusion technique, to convey how minor changes to our daily lifestyle can impact the environment. “Lights Out” highlights the awareness of light pollution and responsible energy use through switching off lights in a dark dome to bring out the stars.

According to the team, they chose the “Creative” category since the interactive installations created are essentially art installations. They are the students’ artistic expressions of what they believe the sustainable development goals they chose are about: no poverty, good health and well-being, gender equality, affordable & clean energy, sustainable cities & communities, responsible consumption & production, and climate action.

Indeed, it is an impressive feat to not only have contended in this campaign, but to have also emerged as a Top 3 finalist of a category in the UN SDG Action Awards 2019. Their efforts are applaudable and deserve commendation, making the country proud by showing nations across the globe that we too, highly regard and consider the SDG as important steps to make the world a better place. This recognition will greatly encourage these students to create more meaningful works and also inspire future students to follow the same path.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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A group shot of the attendees of the opening of ID Week with distinguished speakers

Adopting a Global Thinking in Design

Long gone is the time where design is associated with patterns, images and graphics alone. Nowadays, there is design everywhere and in almost all that we do. It is imperative for all those dabbling in design to understand how to push the boundaries of design and bring it to a global scale. In a bid to educate and inspire students to pursue global design thinking, The One Academy’s Interior Architecture and Design School is organizing ID Week, a week-long event with the theme ‘Global Design Thinking’ during which students are exposed to various events, sharing sessions and field trips to many established interior design firms.

To kick-start the event, two esteemed interior designers were invited to The One Academy to conduct a sharing session in line with the theme, Matthew Lim from MLA Design and So-En Lim from Team BJ Design & Contracts who have both been in the interior design field for many years and have acquired extensive experience in the industry were more than happy to share their knowledge with the next generation of interior designers. Matthew shared with the students how he built his design firm from humble beginnings to an established one today. He also stressed on the importance of joining various interior design competitions in order to understand the standard of design out there. “By participating in competitions, you can see for yourself what are the current trends, styles and standard of design”, said Matthew.

Besides that, he also shared on the importance of telling a story through design. “You need to identify how design thinking can tell a story to fit the global market”. Hailing from humble beginnings, he went on to advise students to do their best and work hard in all situations. “I started off with a small office with not even a partition between my employees cubicle and mine”, he recounted. After successfully completing several projects, he and his team then moved to a bigger, more comfortable working space. MLA Design has now completed projects in almost all the countries across South-east Asia and is now more dedicated than ever to their craft. His parting advice to the attendees was to identify their life purpose and find themselves through their pursuit in the interior design field. “Don’t only plan for ideas but fail to take actions that make those ideas a reality”, he concluded.

The next speaker was So-En Lim, whose company has been around for many, many years. Founded in 1988 by her parents Benjamin Lim and Jasmine Lim, Team BJ Design & Contracts was previously known as BJ Interiors & Furnishings. Today, she is heading the company and doing a great job at it. So-En shared with the students that her design ethics are designs that are sensible, serves a purpose and creates experiences. “I strive to make sure in all projects, all these criteria are met”, she stated. One project which she holds near and dear to her is the revamping of a food court. This project was a unique one as it required extensive amounts of research, planning and execution all within a tight budget. “We started from zero and had to do tons of research on the client to understand better their vision, aim and make that into a reality”, said So-En.

Her advice to the participants was to always look to Nature for inspiration. “A piece of advice that stuck with me from my schooling years was given by my lecturer, whenever you don’t know what colour scheme to use, always look to Nature as it is perfect by design”. She also highlighted on the importance of creating ‘Instagrammable’ designs for spaces as a way to enforce or cement the client’s branding. “Design is very interdisciplinary and sensual, it transcends the five senses. As such, it is vital to envision the experience before putting it (the design) into place”.

During the forum’s Q&A session, both speakers stated that travelling is a great source of inspiration for them as they are able to see and experience spaces with the same function but varying designs in different countries, “I love to visit hotels and cafes especially as these designs are very unique”, said Matthew. So-En on the other hand cited meeting new people as an important source of inspiration. “Humans are curious animals, people are different and designing for different groups of people always provides me a different take on the world”, she said. The session concluded with her emphasising on the importance of designing to make a difference, and not for the sake of reaping rewards, awards or fame.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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A group shot of the attendees at the opening of the “Under the Skin’ exhibition

Under the Skin is Where Truth Lies

“Under the Skin” is a solo exhibition from Sin Way Chyuan, and is fully supported by The One Academy of Communication Design. This exhibition features fifty of Way Chyuan’s selected masterpieces, drawn with ink and graphite on paper, bringing his imaginations to life through his exquisite rendering skills. 

Through this exhibition, Way Chyuan intends to draw his audiences into his surrealistic world, where he strips societal norms down to their true nature. Every single piece of art here is inspired by a different circumstance that has occurred from the complex regulations demanded by modern norms, and it all began when Way Chyuan set a challenge for himself: A Drawing a Day. From the challenge, he grew more attentive to his surroundings, drawing inspiration from his daily encounters, experiences, and his impressions on them. The results are, a series of drawings that are remarkably relatable, portraying the anxieties, struggles, restraints, fears, vulnerabilities, difficult choices, burdens and peace in life. 

A skilled artist and an alumnus of The One Academy of Communication Design, Way Chyuan is an adept of human anatomy. Heavily influenced by the techniques and creatively wild imaginative minds of Moebius and Katsuhiro Otomo, Way Chyuan has slowly developed himself to create masterpieces as mysterious and surrealistic as they have. Currently, he is teaching in his alma mater, dutifully bringing up a new generation of young artists.  

Launched in late June, the opening was attended by many including the Principal and Founder of The One Academy, Tatsun Hoi as well as lecturers, family and friends of the esteemed illustrator. As a token of appreciation, Sin Way Chyuan presented a framed art work of his to the principal. When asked about his passion in art, Way Chyuan replied that since young, he always had an attraction to it. “I would spend time doodling on various surfaces when young, and most of the time it was not good. This motivated me to practise more and improve myself”, he said.

While art holds the power to express one’s self, it also holds the power to invoke emotions and thoughts in others. Many attendees were seen to be walking around the exhibition, impressed by not only the art pieces themselves but rather the message that each piece held. Having an eye for detail, Way Chyuan also spoke on his persistence and dedication in producing a masterpiece that he is satisfied with. Commenting on one particular piece titled “Don’t Step On Them” which illustrated a pair of feet carefully treading amongst what appears to be a floor filled with faces, he said “The careful tip toeing forward of the feet had to be amended a great deal of times before I was content with it, portraying a mild and inexplicable anxiety. The result is a rather happy surprise.”

Surely this is just the first of many successful exhibitions to be held by talented illustrator Sin Way Chyuan given his knack of capturing untold emotions and unspoken feelings and translating them onto paper with fascinating imagery.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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A group shot with the attendees of the event

Travelling In Pursuit of Creative Inspiration

Travelling is one of those experiences in which it does not only serve to entertain, but also to educate. In travelling, we learn so much more about ourselves, the people around us, different cultures and much more. Recently, there has been an emergence of a new type of travel culture, ‘architecture memories’ surrounds those who journey in order to see and experience a city’s interior and architecture. Those looking for architecture memories often make plans surrounding a location’s architecture, be it their choice of hotel or visiting public buildings of interest such as libraries and museums for some sightseeing. The memories made and experienced serve as inspiration for creative ideas.

The theme for The One Academy’s ID Supplement Day this time round was ‘Travel to Inspire’. Addressing topics such as finding inspiration not only abroad but also locally, creating architecture memories and turning these experiences into inspiration, the event this time was a smashing success. The forum was organized by The One Academy’s School of Interior Architecture and Design with the purpose of equipping students with tips and insight from the industry as well as vital creative skills. The speaker lineup this time was Dr Eric Leong, Head of the Interior Architecture and Design School, Ong Xin Rong and Lewis Chan, lecturers of the Interior Design faculty here at The One Academy. Each speaker has tons of experience and knowledge in this are as all of them have been dabbling in this industry for many years.

When asked about why they travel, each speaker had their own reasons for venturing beyond their four walls. Lewis stated that he sees travelling as an adventure, brimming with new perspectives and opportunities for exploration whereas Dr Eric Leong said he used to travel to collect memories. “We didn’t have social media or Instagram last time, so the pictures we took we had to wait really long to develop and keep them”. However, nowadays his travelling is mainly for work and inspiration purposes. “When I travel now, I look for inspiration and new ideas and then implement them in our course and studies”, he stated.

They also spoke about experiences they encountered during their travels. Dr Eric recounted an instance that him and his friends had experienced whilst travelling in which they had come across a unique accommodation with an even more unique story to it. “The hotel we chose to stay at was a castle, and it was really cheap. Excited we decided to book it, however we soon found out that the reason why many people weren’t there and it was really cheap was because it was rumored to be haunted”, he explained gleefully. Lecturer XR Ong said she too truly enjoys travelling and makes it a point to work hard, save up and travel as it is an excellent way to find inspiration and meet new people. Some places we go to have a way of making its mark in our hearts and this ring true for the panel of speakers. Lewis Chan said that Japan is one of the countries he never tired of going to as the people there have “first-world mentalities and first-world facilities”. He spoke of how the locals in Japan are very respectful and their culture is one he finds very interesting. XR and Dr Eric on the other hand have a soft spot for Bangkok, Thailand. “Bangkok has a very unique and diverse architecture and I make it a point to at least stay for two weeks when I go there, as there is always so much to see and learn from their architecture and interior industry”, said Dr Eric.

Regardless of the memories and experienced made both good and bad, the panel wholeheartedly agreed that travelling is indeed an excellent source of inspiration not only for one’s self but also to fuel creativity. Examples of locations that students were advised to pay a visit is airports and shopping malls as these are the places that would have interesting landscape, interiors and exteriors. “Travel whenever you can, work hard and save up as those moments are truly priceless”, advised Dr Eric. “As times change, so does architecture and if you put off travelling to a later time, there is no guarantee that things would be the same as it is now. So make time, travel and come back inspired to create amazing designs and ideas” he concluded.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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A group photo of the audience with the representatives from Hunter Douglas Malaysia

A Window into Functional Decorating

In the recent ID Material Day 2019 organised by the Interior Design department of The One Academy, Hunter Douglas – the 100-year-old world market leader providing window and architectural solutions, was invited to give a sharing on their innovative range of products and how window coverings not only serve practical needs, but also double as an aesthetic feature. Representatives of the brand visited the academy and enlightened its students to the possibilities of window deco and building façade.

First established in Germany in 1919, Hunter Douglas currently has 132 companies operating in 100 countries, employing 23,500 people worldwide and generating a revenue of US$3.2 billion. With a century of innovation through collective wisdom, it is the world’s leading manufacturer of window coverings and a major manufacturer of architectural products. Its strength lies in their ability to develop innovative, high quality, proprietary products that can be found in millions of homes and commercial buildings around the globe. Having major operational centres in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America gives the brand an unmatched worldwide presence.

Prioritizing in achieving the right balance of form and function, managing the quality of light entering the window, and ensuring the safety and ease of products, they are pioneers in forming fabrics into unique designs that can trap air for superior insulation, softly diffuse incoming light, and provide privacy while preserving the outside view.

From privacy to safety to light control, the stylish and versatile designs also come with functions such as ultraviolet (UV) protection and energy saving, allowing consumers to achieve the setting that they desire with a wide range of products catering to looks and smart functions that lend to the creation of ambience and comfort of a room.

Light is an inescapable aspect of our daily living, and as such we need to live with and make the best use out of it. Whether at working, play or just relaxing, we are deeply affected by the environment around us. The key part of controlling light is the amount that enters to the space. By finding a balance between natural light and artificial light, one can create a beautiful design scheme to suit their lifestyle. Speaking on current industry trends, it was shared that minimalist and contemporary designs of a mix between modern and traditional are popular.

Andrew J. Lee, a representative speaker from NBK Architectural Terracotta, a member of the Hunter Douglas Group, presented on terracotta façade and its uses. With a background in structural engineering and specialising in façade, he shared how clay is taken from the earth and fired to create terracotta that are then used to enhance a building’s façade or outer appearance. Terracotta is frost resistant, UV resistant as well as chemical resistant, making it a great product to be used anywhere in the world. It comes in natural clay colours and can be customised to a variety of colours, textures and surfaces.

During the informative sharing, enthusiastic students were eager in posing questions to the representatives and having their queries answered in a light-hearted Q&A session. The sharing opened their eyes to the fact that interior decorating is not only limited to wall and flooring, but can be extended to window as well. A product exhibition was held after the sharing, allowing students a closer inspection of the various products and their functional designs.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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Charissa Ong and the attendees in the sharing titled ‘Designing and Managing Digital Product'

Dabbling in UI/UX with the User in Mind

UI refers to user interface design whereas UX stands for user experience design. In this day and age, both are key components in the digital spectrum of apps, software, games, products and services. Recently, Charissa Ong, alumna of The One Academy and the UI/UX Lead of Axiata Digital was invited back to the institute to provide an insightful Masterclass to Digital Media Design students on the topic of ‘Designing and Managing Digital Product’. The session was conducted over a course of two days with the first day focusing on ‘Leading Design’ whereas the following day was all about ‘Product Ownership’. Throughout this period, the attendees were given the opportunity to not only learn about the ins and outs of UI/UX design but also partake in some practical activities to hone the skills learnt.

The event kicked off with an introduction to designing with data where she highlighted the importance of not only using data but rather, using it safely. The lifeline of digital products was categorized into four stages namely the introduction, growth, maturity and decline and Charissa addressed how to tackle the process to delay the decline of products to the participants using case studies of various organisations. One of the activities done during the session was to identify the business objective of a project using the set of data provided and subsequently come up with strategies to improve their UI/UX. During this activity, she emphasized on the importance of listening to the users as they are the ones who are able to provide useful feedback on a certain design or product. “Define who you are testing for and identify those that fit those range, this will eliminate unnecessary data that does not suit your criteria” Charissa advised.

The students were then tasked with coming up with alternative strategies to improve the UI/UX aspects of The One Academy’s website. Divided into groups, they began to devise new ways to improve the website’s interface as well as the experience of those using it. Upon completion, the participants were then trained on how to conduct interviews to gauge the effectiveness in elevating user experience. Charissa walked them through the guidelines of running a good interview as well as shared some pointers on extracting the information needed from users. The students then took turns to roleplay and interview each other to understand the flow of the process from the perspective of both the users as well as the designer.

The second day’s session was mainly on product ownership and zoned in on phasing. “In phasing, we get to divide features into a feasible roadmap which will help us plan out the products completion”, said Charissa. She elaborated on the importance of using a features matrix in order to properly plan out upgrades to the interface design and usability of products. The activity carried out involved the attendees correctly identifying the timeline during which they will conduct the upgrading and in which phases will it be done. The sharing wrapped up with Charissa highlighting the prominence of designing with data as well as importance of UI/UX in any digital product or service.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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Andrea Goh Siau Wei has carved her name in the animation industry, working as a layout artist at the world’s top animation studio, Pixar

A Real-life Story

The animation film loved by kids and adults alike is back with its long-awaited fourth instalment – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, to pull at the heartstrings of everyone’s inner child. 24 years since the first Toy Story was introduced, much time has passed and its audience has grown up, yet the toys remain unchanging. However, there are many new, interesting additions to look out for!

One of the hands behind the production of the movie is our very own Malaysian, Andrea Goh Siau Wei. The 26-year-old from Kuala Lumpur who is now based in the U.S., works at the world’s top Pixar Animation Studios in California. As a Layout Artist, she is responsible for determining the shot’s frame, camera angle, camera path, and lighting of each key animation scene. Rising up the ranks since she was recruited by Pixar as a technical director intern three years ago, some of her contributions include Cars 3 and Incredibles 2.

“It was a blast working on Toy Story 4, and it made me think of some of my childhood toys,” said Goh.

Despite having found her calling and working her dream job now; like most people, she was once unsure of which career path to take, contemplating between wanting to become a doctor or an artist. That was until she chanced upon a Pixar seminar after graduating high school and it sealed the deal for her.

“I actually didn’t know what I wanted to do when I graduated from high school, and it’s actually very strange because Pixar sent nine people to come all the way to Malaysia, in KL, for a seminar hosted by The One Academy. I eventually enrolled to study there because after what I saw, I had this thought that I definitely want to work at Pixar; this is definitely what I want to do,” she shared.

Having graduated in Digital Animation from The One Academy since 2013, Goh went on to apply for the Pixar Undergraduate Program (PUP) and was accepted. In the 3-month program, interns have the opportunity to learn about Pixar’s filmmaking process and explore a variety of career options as they get first-hand experience in how a production studio works, guided by some of the top professionals in the industry.

Goh credited The One Academy in shaping her to be an accomplished artist, especially the drawing, design and film classes that gave her an artistic eye, the importance of collaboration and also team management. She also advised aspiring artists to pay attention to every subject in class despite thinking that they are of no use in the future. “I would not have gotten to where I am now without these classes,” she recounted.

Andrea Goh’s story is one of many examples proving that Malaysian youths can achieve anything if they put their hearts and minds into working towards their desired goals.

“Try to find out what you really want. Dig deeper, do your research, keep trying, keep practicing and just work really hard,” she said in advice to fellow Malaysians who are chasing their Pixar dream.

Just last month, she sat down with Toy Story 4 director, Josh Cooley, for a candid Q&A session while playing traditional Malaysian childhood games. Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/disneystudiosSG/videos/2109193632542083

In an exclusive interview by GSCinemas, Goh was featured alongside three other Malaysian talents working in Pixar Animation Studios, dishing on what is it like to work overseas and how to get into the world-famous Pixar. Be inspired by their video here: https://www.facebook.com/GSCinemas/videos/356268151714395

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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Attendees of the sharing session with FNL PRJCT

Crossing the Digital Media Divide

The Digital Media Design faculty at The One Academy has just wrapped a very productive week here in the new Bandar Sunway campus. This week saw to a few sharing sessions conducted by industry experts who are redefining the local digital media landscape. The string of events was kicked off by Filamen, a studio specializing in the art of projection mapping. This was followed by FNL PRJCT, a multidisciplinary independent studio specialising in bringing ideas to life regardless of what medium they may be in, be it traditional or digital.

The idea behind projection mapping is the use of design, graphics and light to display interactive media onto unconventional spaces such as walls, buildings and more. The concept is gaining steam as more and more companies are turning to projection mapping to stand out from the crowd. Filamen, founded by Abdul Shakir, Fariz Hanapiah and Nadhir Nozi, is a local visual art and technology studio that is making waves on the creative media scene. They also dabble in other forms of new media disciplines such as light installations, sensory interactivity, and augmented and virtual reality – with the aim to create awareness and expand the industry. To date, they have lent a hand in many events such as Immersio 2.0 in Urbanscapes, Upside Down installation for Kakiseni, and L’Officiels’ #MY2LOFF party to name a few.

Recently, Filamen’s founders Abdul Shakir and Fariz Hanapiah dropped by The One Academy to conduct a sharing on projection mapping. It was truly a sight for sore eyes to view the many successful projects that they have produced. Shakir first got attracted to the idea of projection mapping through a talk he attended as a university student. From then, he began looking into it and gaining as much knowledge as he can on it. He also advised the attendees that it is always a good idea to “just keep constantly learning about the things that you want to do”, as the added knowledge will definitely come in handy later on. According to Shakir, projection mapping is a very fluid concept open to many possibilities. “You can project onto items, cars, walls of buildings, in fact, you can even project it onto airplanes” he said.

They have also coined a new term for this branch of exciting new media, ‘lumedia art’. “Lumedia art is a new term where we merge a lot of other skillsets such as product designing, programming, artists and designers work together to come up with a project or product”, Shakir elaborated. Co-founder Fariz Hanapiah was present as well to highlight the challenges, tip and tricks of projection mapping. Students were advised to network and “keep in touch with people whom you want to pursue a career with later on” as this will help greatly when they are ready to enter the industry.

Following that was a session conducted by FNL PRJCT, a multidisciplinary independent studio specialising in bringing ideas to life regardless of what medium they may be in, be it traditional or digital. The FNL PRJCT was founded by four talented young men, Jim Chuah, Kenix Ho, Wu Zheng and Shi Bin, all of whom have one important thing in common; they are all alumni of The One Academy! Having pursued a creative education there, they ventured out into the industry and founded the studio in 2015. Four years later, they are doing better than ever in the creative arena. The FNL PRJCT has worked with some big names such as Nike, Grab, Tedx and more.

One of the advices they gave to the attendees was to tackle each project by dividing it into three parts namely the brief, insight and core message. “By doing so you will have a clearer picture on what the client wants and your design route”, said Jim Chuah. He also emphasized on the importance of researching the topic thoroughly as this will help creators to come up with a story and skeletal design for the project. After showing some of their showreels, the founders of FNL PRJCT held a Q&A session to answer some of the student’s burning questions. When asked about what brings them inspiration, they advised to take advantage of social media and all the resources available. “Social media platforms such as Instagram are a great tool not only for inspiration but also to contact various designers whom you may want to collaborate with”, said Jim before concluding the exciting event. Sessions such as these are in line with the aim to nurture the next generation’s creatives equipped with industry knowledge.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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Invitation to Sin Way Chyuan’s 1st Solo Exhibition- Under the Skin

Warmest greetings from The One Academy!

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of Sin Way Chyuan’s 1st Solo Exhibition-Under the Skin, which will be held at The One Academy, Bandar Sunway.

Esteemed illustrator Sin Way Chyuan is set to impress in his exhibition, Under the Skin. The exhibition launches on the 29th June (Saturday) 2019 at 10am at The One Gallery, The One Academy. It will consist 50 of his captivating masterpieces that are remarkably relatable, portraying the anxieties, struggles, restraints, fears, vulnerabilities, difficult choices, burdens, and peace in life.

Interested attendees can visit the exhibition at The One Academy Gallery from the 25th of June till 10th July 2019, 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

We hereby cordially invite you to join us on this vibrant event. Details are as below:

Date: 29th June 2019 (Saturday)

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Venue: The One Gallery, The One Academy of Communication Design, Block B4, Leisure Commerce Square, No.9, Jalan PJS 8/9, 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Noviaputri (third from left) and the other winners of the MIFF FDC 2019
Noviaputri (third from left) and the other winners of the MIFF FDC 2019 

A Big ‘Dele’ in the Millennial Workspace Furniture Industry

The MIFF Furniture Design Competition is one that has been running annually for the past 10 years. Over this period of time, nearly 2000 design students and young professionals have stepped forward to submit their designs and sketches in a bid to win the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas before a global audience of furniture manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, industry influencers and industry media.

Besides promoting the development of the Malaysian furniture industry internationally, the MIFF FDC also aims to encourage the creation of an identity for Malaysian furniture products. The top three winners will walk away with cash prizes, trophies and certificates whereas the finalists’ designs will be exhibited at a special exhibit during the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF). This time round, the theme of the competition was ‘The Millenials Workspace Furniture’. Participants were asked to come up with any type of furniture in workspace designed for commercial and home office such as office seating, work stations, partition, storage system, furniture in discussion area and more.

This year, one of The One Academy’s talented youths, Noviaputri Wijaksana had participated in the MIFF FDC 2019 and bagged the second prize. Her design titled ‘Dele’ incorporated various plants or natural elements into it to provide a fresh outlook on furniture. When asked about what she did to prepare for the competition, she replied that consultations and research was vital. Through research she could successfully identify the current needs and problems that the furniture market was facing and come up with an appropriate solution.

Besides that, she also stressed on the importance of time management. “I made a good timetable, managed work and prayed for the best”, she recounted. The ideas and inspiration started flowing in after thorough research and discussion with lecturers, people from the industry, fellow interior friends and more. To her, the most memorable part of the competition was the development of the prototype. She had made the prototype back in her hometown in Indonesia, and she was clueless on how to go about it at first. After trial and error which included visits to experts in the acrylic industry, she created a 1:5 scale of her 2D design. “It was truly an eye-opening experience for me as I got to speak to and get advice from many different people within the industry”, said Noviaputri.

However, it was not all smooth sailing as she encountered her fair share of challenges along the way. One of the hurdles faced was time management as the duration of the competition was during her final year, which is known to be one of the most demanding periods of study. She also cited lack of ideas as a challenge faced. Noviaputri overcame all this by persevering and dedicating her time to accomplish her goal. Her advice to future participants is to really commit to doing the research required. “Go into details such as target market, efficiency of design, how to use it, what are the innovations or modern mechanism available on the market, types of materials and more. Consult with lecturers and people from the industry and test your design out on friends. By doing so, you will understand whether it is user-friendly or otherwise”, she stated.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

Will Lim was crowned Winner, seen in this group photo flanked by Datuk Jimmy Choo as well as the first and second runner-up winners.
Will Lim was crowned Winner, seen in this group photo flanked by Datuk Jimmy Choo as well as the first and second runner-up winners.

Carving Out His Future in Fashion

Joining in the elite circuit of fashion week events in New York, London, Paris and Milan, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Kuala Lumpur (MBFWKL) 2019 sets the stage as the first in Malaysia and South East Asia. In its second inception, this illustrious four-day event that was held at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall brought together the biggest names in local, regional and international fashion circles.

The Fashion Futures design competition took the runway on the final night of the Mercedes-Benz Gala. It is a platform that highlights and supports budding talent among young designers in the local fashion industry. Targeting Malaysian designers with 6 months to 4 years’ work experience in the industry, five finalists were required to produce four sets of original ready-to-wear looks based on the theme of “Feminine Magnetism”, to be judged at the Fashion Futures runway show.

Will Lim Kok Leong emerged as the Winner, taking home with him RM3,500 in cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to a global Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which is set to take place in Berlin, Germany this July. A graduate of Fashion Design from ESMOD Kuala Lumpur The One Academy, Lim is grateful to those who believed in and supported him throughout, and also thanked MBFWKL for bestowing him the award, vowing to work harder to prove his worth.

“We were all given a very wide concept which was “Feminine Magnetism”. As for myself, I focused on how ordinary women are able to develop feminine magnetism to increase their self-worth and bring out their true selves to be loved by others. I wanted to have my garments interact with the audience’s feelings, so my designs tell a story from first to last,” explained Lim on the inspiration behind his collection.

As the challenge called for the five finalists to produce 4 complete looks in 4 weeks, Lim found time constraint to be the biggest challenge he faced during the competition. “I tend to spend a majority of the time on the concept or else I can never start on drawing or designing. I believe concept is the essence of it all, and by that time I realised only had about two weeks’ time left to work on the pattern-making and sewing for the collection.”

Describing himself as the worst pattern maker in his class and slower than his peers, he was always questioning his own ability on pattern-making, but knew deep down that he can do it no matter what. “ESMOD KL has been there with me throughout my learning journey, and even after graduating. The knowledge and skills I’ve acquired from there are invaluable, I’ve picked the right school,” he shared.

Currently, Lim is continuing his fashion photography career and putting more focus on his own ready-to-wear brand called “LazyHeads” which will see a launching in July. In the future, he wishes to make a brand out of his own name, “WILLIM”. In advice to aspiring fashion designers, he asserted that the concept behind the collection is the most important essence, and to put effort into it, otherwise the collection will not be felt by the people.

Students of ESMOD Kuala Lumpur are always encouraged to challenge themselves by participating in competitions that expose them to real life industry practice to put to test what they have already learnt from ESMOD Kuala Lumpur, which is under the umbrella of the world’s first and oldest fashion school in the world with over 170 years of history. Just like The One Academy’s commitment to the “Masters Train Masters” coaching philosophy, ESMOD Kuala Lumpur students are nurtured with the best Parisian fashion design education through comprehensive syllabuses that cover not only the creative-based fashion designing, but also high level practical techniques of pattern-making which are led by experienced international fashion designers, most of whom hail from Paris, the fashion capital city of the world.

For more information, visit www.esmod.edu.my or call +603-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to esmod@toa.edu.my / enquiry@toa.edu.my

A Group Photo of ESMOD KL Designers Shine at Penang Fashion Week 2019
(Middle, from left): Mr. Leong Hoy Yoke, Managing Director of The One Academy Penang; Mr. Tan Chin Wee, Group Executive Director of ESMOD KL & The One Academy; Ms. Jasmine Tai, Head of Marketing Communications at Gurney Paragon Mall; and Mr. Eric Choong, Fashion Designer & Fashion Leader at ESMOD KL.

ESMOD KL Designers Shine at Penang Fashion Week 2019

An event to celebrate only the worthy and best of regional and international fashion designs, the annual Penang Fashion Week made its fifth comeback from 3rd to 5th May 2019 at Gurney Paragon. This year, invited guests and public audience were introduced to the Malaysian fashion scene through 13 runway shows featuring 30 collections from participating brands, as well as local and international designers, in aims to highlight diversity and innovation while connecting the fashion world.

The event also marked another year of recognition for ESMOD Kuala Lumpur as its new batch of graduates were invited as part of the entourage to display their personal graduation collections. ESMOD graduates shared the runway with some of the biggest names in the industry. Famous brands such as Michael Kors, Charles & Keith, Pedro, Chow Tai Fook and Tory Burch among a few others, served as the event’s grand opening.

A number of collections by ESMOD KL themed Dawn and Illogic graced the runway during their set, revealing a huge spectrum of cultural inspirations, colors, influences and personalities that trademark the unique styles of ESMOD KL fashion designers.

Dawn is the collection by fashion designers who have put their best foot forward. The team behind Dawn were inspired by the end of nightfall which brings light, signifying the beginning of a new journey and endless possibilities.

Illogic is the theme chosen by a group of aspiring fashion designers. Their theme is represented by the designers’ personalities and affinities mirrored in their designs, which is mesmerizing and unique in their own ways, but brings an illogical perspective to the beholder.

The winners who were previously crowned by ESMOD KL for Best Fashion Design – Ivanka Wu & Edric Wong, and Best Pattern Making – Tan Wei Ying & Liew Hui Ying, also showcased their winning collections on the runway, wowing the audience with a myriad of colours and unique designs.

The prestigious fashion platform also saw participations by esteemed designers Keith Kee, Michael Ooi, Bon Zainal and Samantha Chua, among many others. To be able to join in their leagues, the young and talented ESMOD designers have gained a valuable experience to boost their confidence, creativity and credibility. This event proved to be a great opportunity and stepping stone for these talented, promising designers as they step out into the fashion arena.

ESMOD, established more than 170 years ago, first started out as ESMOD Paris, the world’s first fashion design school. Founded in 1841 by Alexis Lavigne, master tailor and purveyor to the court of Empress Eugénie in France, ESMOD has grown an international network of 20 fashion design schools in 13 countries with every school applying the same top-notch syllabus as ESMOD Paris. Catering to the growing demand for an international fashion school in Malaysia, The One Academy joined the network as ESMOD KL to provide youths the best Parisian fashion design education locally.

For more information, visit www.esmod.edu.my or call +603-5637 5510 or e-mail enquiries to esmod@toa.edu.my / enquiry@toa.edu.my

The One Academy Bigger, Better and Greater!
The One Academy presents its all-new campus complete with top-notch facilities ready to provide the best creative education to even more.

The One Academy: Bigger, Better and Greater!

After an astounding 28 years of providing top-notch creative education, the time has come for a new chapter to begin for The One Academy. Starting from humble beginnings of a single storey shop-lot in SS14, Petaling Jaya to a three storey establishment in the heart of Bandar Sunway in 1991, our founders were dedicated to provide world-class creative education to the younger generation. Throughout the years, we had expanded to continue pursuing this goal. Now, in an effort to continue imparting top-grade creative knowledge to the masses, The One Academy invested more than RM150 million to upgrade our standards to greater heights and has relocated to a new campus located in a high-rise building.

Located in the bustling area of Sunway, the new campus spans over 25 levels of infrastructure and is equipped with industry-standard facilities to bring teaching and learning to the next level. Travelling to and fro the new campus will be a breeze with the ample amount of public transportation such as BRT, KTM, LRT and buses located just steps away. Other amenities include a food court, printing services, and an art shop on campus as well as many other eateries in and around The One Academy. Safety and security of the students is also improved as they do not have to cross the roads for classes because all of it takes place inside the building. Besides that, there are also ample parking spaces provided for students ease in commute as well as being strategically located right next to main highways such as the Federal, LDP and NPE Highways. 

This move was in line with our vision of leading innovations and developments within the creative services industry and permits us to expand our teaching capabilities. Holding strong to our philosophy of ‘Masters Train Masters’, the new campus allows us to house and bring in even more industry experts and professionals as well as accommodate additional new creative international programmes to provide the best in creative education to our students.

Among the facilities made available is a library in which students can find an abundance of materials and tools to assist them, student lounges, theatre halls and auditoriums where master classes and talks will be held as well as labs and work spaces for training and practical workshops. Besides that, we also have studios for sound recording, photography and videography to enable the students to conveniently work on their projects using top-grade technology. Each of the faculty here at The One Academy has its own designated area ensuring all the students are able to learn in a conducive and engaging environment.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported us thus far in our journey of becoming one of the world’s best creative design academy and helped to make our dream a reality. We hope for your continuous support to help The One Academy grow further.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-5637 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

The One Academy Moving Announcement

The One Academy Moving Announcement
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A group photo with the winners holding their awards; (from left) Tan Wei Ying, Edric Wong, Shawn Er, Ivanka Wu & Liew Hui Ying.

ESMOD KL Flaunts Bold Chicness on the Graduation Runway

It’s that time of the year again, for the much-anticipated ESMOD Kuala Lumpur Graduation Fashion Show 2019, where the graduating student batches – Dawn and Illogic, had unleased their masterpieces and truly taken over the runway at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), announcing their foray into the glitzy fashion world.

The stellar event saw a total of 111 amazing outfits by 26 young and promising fashion designers lined up, revealing a myriad of looks, inspirations, colours and personalities that trademark the unique styles of ESMOD KL’s fashion designers, providing a feast for the eyes.

One of the theme this year is Dawn by an earlier batch consisting of 9 fashion designers who have put their best foot forward. The team behind Dawn were inspired by the end of nightfall which brings light, signifying the beginning of a new journey, aptly named as it reflects their feelings and emotions of graduating as well as their aspirations for the future.

Illogic is the theme chosen by a group of 17 aspiring fashion designers. Their theme is represented by each individual’s personality and likings mirrored in their designs, which proved to be mesmerizing and unique in their own ways. However, it does not make much sense when seen together as a whole and may provoke illogicality.

ESMOD Paris Head of Fashion Design, Paul Marchand, was present during the graduation fashion show to bestow 5 prestigious accolades to the top students of each batch as a token of recognition and to honour their achievements thus far. These exemplary students have shown consistent dedication toward fashion design and showcased outstanding ability throughout their three years with ESMOD KL, earning them a nomination by their lecturers to receive these awards.

Their works have been judged by an impressive panel of prominent fashion designers in the industry in the names of Khoon Hooi, Bon Zainal, Carven Ong, Brian Khoo and also Paul Marchand himself. This grand event was also attended by Andrew Tan, the founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) and Andrews Models, as well as the families and friends of designers, members of the media and social media influencers.

For Dawn, the winner of Best Fashion Design Award is Ivanka Wu whereas the Best Pattern Making Award went to Liew Hui Ying. Winners for Illogic were Edric Wong Huey Yih for Best Fashion Design, and Tan Wei Ying for Best Pattern Making.

The biggest award of the night – the coveted ‘Golden Needle Award’, is won by none other than Shawn Er Chao Kin. This award is one of the highest accolades for an ESMOD student, the pure gold needle made into a necklace is awarded to the most dedicated, conscientious and hardworking team player throughout their course of study.

Upon graduation, these young talents will go out to take the fashion world by storm and this fashion show serves as a prelude to their talents and creativity. In previous years, the past ESMOD KL graduation fashion shows have been a stunning success and we aim to continue providing a platform for the students to proudly exhibit their hard work and knowledge earned over the years.

It is easy to see that the future is indeed bright for these young fashion designers as they have created not only amazing pieces of fashion but also exceptional works of art in their masterpieces. The next step in their journey to success is to undergo an internship under some of the biggest names in the fashion industry to further enhance their skills. This has been practiced under the ESMOD program in collaboration with ESMOD International over the years.

Our heartiest gratitude to the great sponsors Private Colors, Sense & Style and Mummy Design for helping us pull off yet another spectacular ESMOD KL graduation fashion show.

ESMOD has a network of 20 schools in 13 countries globally with every school applying the same top-notch syllabus as ESMOD Paris. Catering to the growing demand for an international fashion school in Malaysia, The One Academy joined the network as ESMOD Kuala Lumpur to provide youths a chance to learn from one of world’s top fashion schools locally. Just like The One Academy’s commitment to the ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, ESMOD Kuala Lumpur students are nurtured with the best Parisian fashion design education through comprehensive syllabuses that cover not only the creative-based fashion designing, but also high level practical techniques of pattern-making which are led by experienced international fashion designers, most of whom hail from Paris, the fashion capital city of the world.

For more information, visit www.esmod.edu.my or call +603-5637 5510 or e-mail enquiries to esmod@toa.edu.my / enquiry@toa.edu.my

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The 7 winners from The One Academy 

TOA Talents Bag Japan Award at Design Competition

The One Academy’s creative talents had recently partaken in the Asia Student Package Design Competition (ASPaC) 2018 and won big. This competition serves as an international cultural exchange project which aims to provide a platform for young talented designers across Asia from countries such as South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam to showcase their work. The winners are given the opportunity to exhibit their design and entries in participating countries as well as attend company visits and workshops organised. This in turn provides them immeasurable experience and the chance to explore creative culture in other parts and regions of Asia. The theme for this year was ‘Innovation’ and the partakers surely delivered their best!

The participants from The One Academy bagged a total of seven awards with their stunning handiwork. Winning one Honourable Award and six Merit Awards, Chow Zhen Lu, Yap Jia Ern, Foo Wai Kee, Kylie Chia Ying Yee, Jeslyn Ooi , Chew Siew Qi and Lim Shiau Ting have proved that creativity and talent knows no borders. When asked about their journey during this competition, all of them agreed that this competition was truly challenging but fruitful. Kylie Chia recounted that she felt truly content and confident upon hearing she had won a Merit Award for her design whereas Chew Siew Qi said she felt a sense of encouragement for her skills and abilities.

However, their path to success was not all smooth sailing as each of them faced their own set of challenges. One of the challenges overcame was the mechanism of the packaging itself. Each participant had a unique approach to the competition’s theme of ‘Innovation’ and with big ideas comes the challenge of executing it perfectly. To produce a worthy design, the students had to look past conventional packaging available in the market and come up with something new thus leading to them exploring new mechanisms. Although this proved to be challenging, they persevered.

Foo Wai Kee, who received a Merit Award, thanked The One Academy for providing classes and the knowledge to execute her winning design. She also noted that the feedback and comments she received from lecturers on her handiwork was helpful as she was able to improve herself and her work based on it. Similarly, Yap Jia Ern also thanked the college for not only bearing the costs of delivering the submission but also the lecturers for providing constructive criticism on which she improved herself on.

One of the students, Chow Zen Lu had been awarded the Honourable Award for her creation and was invited to Japan for the exhibition happening there. Her experience was truly incredible as she not only got to meet other makers and creators but also got to learn a ton of new things about culture as well. “The whole trip was fun and exciting; during the exhibition I got to learn about many other countries culture”, she said.

Their advice for future participants was to never give up and always keep practising. “Hard work becomes good work” said Foo Wai Kee. Kylie Chia’s advice to students is to just go for it. “Don’t doubt yourself and try, because if you don’t try you will never know”, she concluded. This serves as inspiration to all creatives out there that hard work and dedication will get you closer to success. 

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-5637 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.

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A mood board from the exhibition featuring artäk, a subsidiary brand of TAK.

Achieve Dreamy Interiors with Laminates

The One Academy’s School of Interior Architecture and Design has once again conducted ID Material Day, this time featuring Lamitak – the key brand of high pressure laminates by TAK Products and Services established in 2001 in Singapore. The session was conducted by Lamitak’s Domestic Sales team featuring its speakers Henry Tan and Aera Neo, and overlooked by Dr. Eric Leong, Department Head of Interior Architecture and Design.

Adhering to The One Academy’s teaching philosophy of “Masters Train Masters”, industry professionals are periodically invited to share their expertise in relevant matters. ID Material Day allows interior design students to be informed of the latest innovations in product, method, idea and more. This initiative ensures that students will be able to equip themselves with the additional information and inspiration to aid in their studies and assignments. 

Anchored by its tagline “Inspiring Spaces”, Lamitak aims to inspire owners of abodes and spaces to fulfil their desire for dream interiors. It has offices and representations in Malaysia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Australia, New Zealand, Maldives, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. It has achieved GREENGUARD certification for indoor air quality, and Green Label Singapore certification for low emissions and low toxicity.

 Lamitak laminates are well known for its wide range of designs and finishes, as well as superior surface quality and ultimate performance. It boasts an endless array of 455 laminate patterns in glossy, suede, textured and matte finishes for living and working spaces. The Lamitak team goes through great lengths, venturing across the world in their bid to find inspirations for their laminate designs through the process of documenting colour, culture and textures.

 Lamitak laminates are designed to look and feel like materials such as woods, stones, fabrics and metals. Hence, they are an affordable, low-cost alternative when compared to the actual materials which can often cost many times more. Laminates are made of layers of craft paper soaked in resin and bonded under high heat and pressure, they followed by a layer of décor paper and finally an overlay.

 “The goal of this talk is to show how laminates are made, its composition, and how it is applied in interior design. Laminates is a useful tool in interior design because of its decorative functions that can be applied to featuring areas,” said Henry Tan, adding that it can be applied to wardrobes, cabinets, panels, ceilings and furniture to jazz up their overall look.

 The students were provided booklet catalogues and samples of various types of laminates, and were educated on the attributes as well as advantages of using laminates. They were briefed on how inspirations are found and how pieces are designed. It was an eye-opener to see how laminates can complement the look of a space or simply to make a bold statement. The audience was also entertained by video clips that showed the steps in producing laminates, as well as applying and cleaning of laminates.

An exhibition was set-up after the talk, where students had visited to browse the materials and have their inquiries answered by representatives from Lamitak. Overall, it was a fun and knowledgeable session where the students got to widen their understanding and gain inspiration for future projects. 

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit www.toa.edu.my or call +603-5637 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to enquiry@toa.edu.my.