We’re pretty sure you’ve seen many brands hosting design competitions where they get the public to join in, design and stand a chance to win while getting their design featured in the stores.
That is what happened to this guy Fahmi Reza, well, his design hasn’t won the entire competition just yet, but netizens are rooting for him and his design.
Fahmi is a political activist and is known for his clown-face caricature of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Source: Roket Kini
The satirical sketch was introduced by Fahmi in January 2016 with the hashtag #KitaSemuaPenghasut, which translates to ‘We Are All Seditious’ in response to news that then Malaysian Attorney-General (AG) had cleared Najib of any corruption relating to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
The artwork was also part of a campaign against the Sedition Act.
Fast forward to two years later, the clown face caricature of Najib is one of the highest-voted shoe design for a Vans online competition in Asia.
The graphic designer submitted his creation as an entry for the Vans Asia Custom Culture Competition this year at the last minute before the submission deadline on June 30.
In less than eight hours after his submission on June 29, Fahmi highlighted that his entry received the highest number of votes in Asia.
At the time of writing, Fahmi’s design has already gained more than 16,200 votes in this regional competition. This means that his design was leading with at least 12,000 more votes than the second place which has garnered more than 4,700 votes so far.
Open to the legal residents of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, the competition will see the winning design debut in-store on Vans shelves Asia-wife in 2019. The winner also takes home cash prize worth USD2,000 (RM8,000).
Despite getting the most votes so far, Fahmi’s creation may not necessarily be selected as one of the designs that will be shortlisted for the next round as Vans will be selecting a total of 10 local submissions for the next round, where artists would have to go through the ‘True White Slip-On Showdown’ and public voting process.
The best will be sent to the finals to compete with artists from other countries. Then, the finalists will go through another round of public voting before the ultimate winner is announced in October 2018.
Fahmi took to his Facebook account on July 5,
“So, even if #KasutPenghasut gets the highest number of votes, it may not necessarily get chosen for the next round. If #KasutPenghasut is not selected, should we just make this shoe ourselves?”
What are your thoughts on the shoe? Would you buy it if Fahmi’s design ever come to life? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!