Designing to make a difference – Fahim Murshed


Meet Fahim Murshed, who is an entrepreneur, currently the Chief Executive Officer at Symbl.


1) How did you come up with the idea of Moodron?

It was actually my partner, Atif Ahmed Akkhor who came up with the idea of Moodron back in 2015 when we were still in high school. It was initially called The Print Shop. He did a few test runs and one major pilot project to understand how this might work. He did an extensive amount of research during that time to understand the industry and the market. We partnered up and passionately started to work on it from mid-2018. We branded it as Moodron (মুদ্রণ) and started our journey from the 1st January 2019.


2) What inspired you to start Symbl?

I love two things: (1) Technology (2) Problem-solving. When I blended these two with my regular fascinations like design, programming, and business, I found my passion: Product Design. And that passion inspired me to start Symbl.


In Symbl, we build scalable and usable digital products that empower innovations and accelerate businesses. The products or solutions that we try to bring out for our clients are very much problem-oriented. And we hustle for designing and building the panacea of it.


3) How do you manage to balance your work with your academics?

My teams and my friends. It’s as simple as that. I get to survive the constant expectations and the over-expectations from my businesses and my academics because I have two amazing teams and a great bunch of friends. 


There is a difference between having a team focusing on highly skilled members and a team with members who takes up responsibilities on their own. I consider myself lucky to have the latter at both Symbl and Moodron. They always find out the smallest of problems and perhaps the most ambitious solutions to talk about in every one of our meetings. It keeps me motivated and inspired to keep hustling for the goals we have set for ourselves.


And at the same time, my friends are the reasons I can easily normalize my academic pressure. They always have my back when things get too tough to deal with. And especially, my best friend who makes sure to send me the exam syllabus the night before, bring an extra calculator for me in a math exam, and be by my side during the heavy turns in life.


4) What are your thoughts on the startup ecosystem of Bangladesh?

I of course love and appreciate the recent efforts both the government and non-government institutions are undertaking to create an inclusive startup ecosystem in Bangladesh. I, however, believe that we still have a long way to go. Especially in developing technically equipped and emotionally intelligent human resources.


And another part that I believe we intentionally overlook or provide very little emphasis on is BRANDING. We need to get ourselves out from the idea that branding is all about the visual identity. But, branding is perhaps the most valuable investment we can make to strengthen our premise and core vision.


5) Any piece of advice you would like to give to our young audience regarding web designing? 

To me, a website is a piece of art that we can actually use. And, it takes a lot of science to execute such simplification. A website needs to uphold a brand or a persona while providing accessible information to its users. My one simple advice would be to shift the main focus only on User Experience while designing a website. Everything else will fall into place. 


And not to mention, executing a proper user experience requires a good amount of time, extensive or delicate research, and a lot of trials & iterations. So, the first step would be to start observing and understanding things. And that includes your target audiences.


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