Down The Rabbit Hole top picks


Well well, it looks like I’m really gonna have to do some vein popping psychic work to find out who the winner of the Down The Rabbit Hole theme competition will be.

Seriously there are soooo many designs that have come through for this brilliant theme competition…obviously it struck a chord with the design community, because they jumped all over this one in a big way.
So, as usual, here are my predictions, or shall I say Down The Rabbit Hole top picks!

My first Down The Rabbit Hole top pick comes from Qimstudio who hails all the way from Malaysia.

Two of my chosen designs have a slightly macabre tinge to their design elements, Lonely Bird being the first.
This design just spoke to me straight away, you know when you just simply have to have something. I remember when I wrote my comment on the page, I said, “Now this, is something special. I can’t actually even comment, it’s perfect!”

I stand fast on my comment. Truly there is nothing I’d like to see changed in the Lonely Bird design. Some people have commented that they feel the bird should have been made completely into a little skeleton bird. However, I feel as if the slight cloaked nature of the bird, makes him seem even more ominous….just the head perturbs me!
I can just picture this little Lonely Bird sitting high in a tree, watching Alice as she stumbles around in the dark….waiting for her to go to sleep.

I love this and would love to see it make it to print!

Next up is the second of my darker choices and perhaps my favourite design of the competition.

Nicetomeetyou brings us a wonderfully designer representation of the infamous rabbit that Alice chases after. This design is called A Very Important Date. When I say this design has WOW factor, I truly mean it. Just look at the intricate line work and intense attention to detail. This design speaks to me in a way that none of the other submissions do. While Lonely Bird captures me with its deceptive darkness, A Very Important Date has a darkness that almost transcends the boundary of only being able to be worn by a select few. What I mean is that usually the darker more scary design don’t usually sell well across the board. But, I think that this t-shirt will sell well in all demographic groups, male or female.

I frigging want this t-shirt now…NOW DAMMIT!!!!

My final choice is perhaps a breath of fresh air, compared to my last two dark choices. Fantome’s stunning design Oh Alice, is bursting with unique character power.

It is perhaps a dark horse of my pics because of the overall effectiveness of the design. While the Alice, Rabbit and Cheshire Cat in the design are all super different and SCREAM personality, I feel that the design is slightly let down by the dark checked and swishing pattern behind the characters. It’s almost as if the designer drew the original characters of Oh Alice and then somebody else came along and scribbled in pen behind it. At first I was even worried that this was a stolen image that had been tweaked by Fantome. I’m hoping this is not the case!

The design might of Oh Alice can’t be ignored though. It has a magic to it that 90% of the other submissions failed to achieve. It deserves to be one of my Down The Rabbit Hole top picks.

Now I just have to cross my fingers and hope for the best…please oh please let my Down The Rabbit Hole top picks make the cut.

copyright infringement

There is an annoying problem that we at Springleap tackle every single day. It is the bane of our particular industry. This problem is of course the ugly law of copyright infringement. It’s a problem that seems to be getting worse rather than better.

So how does copyright infringement affect you personally? Well rather more than you might think actually.

For the average consumer copyright infringement may take a back seat to reason. It seems that most people these days are guilty of one form of it or another, which is really sad.

When Springleap was still called eSquared Fashion and we were importing clothing from Thailand we were exposed to a world of dodgy sellers who posed with great big smiles and assured they were supplying us with the coolest most unique designs around. Hog wash.

While I’m sure quite lots of the designs were original, it was sad to find out later that many were in fact copies. We of course hate copyright infringement. The artists of this world have enough trouble coming up with original ideas and marketing them properly, but to have your work stolen and sold all over the world under some other idiots name is really shocking.

We at Springleap, from our past experiences, are very harsh with our rules on approving designs. Copyright infringement is a cancer and we will do our best to stem its passage through our competition. It has happened that a few “artists” have tried to sneak things into the competition before that were most certainly ripped, but those people are dealt with swiftly.

Look, there are lots of designers, particularly the younger guys and girls that don’t fully understand the copyright infringement rules that we play by and there are some legitimate cases of “unknowing infringement”. However we will not let our guard down no matter what.

Luckily the Springleap team has quite a varied knowledge of design, so it’s rare that something slips through the proverbial net.

What is even more amazing is the help that the community gives us in regards to copyright infringement. If for whatever reason, a copied design makes it into the competition, the community picks up on it almost instantly.
In these cases the voter or designer that discovered the transgression will supply a link or a name of the original artist that has been ripped off.

Honestly our community is top notch at sniffing out potential “rippers” who give our industry a bad name.

So beware all you creepy little criminals who feel like you can nab other peoples hard work and get away with it. We are watching and will launch yo ass (ouch very gangster) if we find out you are a criminal copy infringing fiend.

All jokes aside. Copyright infringement is a terrible thing that dilutes the world of design and denies people their full worth.

I have no doubt that this year’s expo is going to be absolutely crazy busy, with designers from all fields of influence descending en mass to enjoy the variety on show.

Those of you who have already been to Design Indaba in the past will know that it really sucks the energy out of you. If you don’t have lots to drink and some food to power up your mitochondria you may end up falling head first into one of the displays. So why not partake in some of the yummy food on offer, perhaps the Designer Baguette range.

This year various well known and upcoming chefs will be putting together the Designer Baguette Range. Design Indaba and Foodcorp have collaborated by giving a percentage of the sales towards the Chef Development Fund, which will empower underprivileged budding chefs to realize their potential and attain their dreams.

The Designer Baguette Range will be available from the 26th – 28th of February.

This is a treat not to be missed. Not only will you get a chance to experience some seriously tasty nosh, but you will also be contributing to the lives of the next generation of South African chefs.