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07 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Springleap’s Childhood Memory contest

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Springleap, a design contest site based in South Africa, has teamed up with the non-profit Childline Gauteng for a t-shirt design competition all about Childhood Memories. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Fishing with Dad? Building your very own sandcastle? Design a t-shirt that best encapsulates your fondest childhood memory. This is open to interpretation, so feel free to design and illustrate whatever it is that you feel represents your memory.

Enter before January 30th, 2015 for your chance to win. The first place winner earns $1000, second place gets $700, and third will receive $300.

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26 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Springleap’s Two Oceans Craft the Cooler contest

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Springleap is best known for t-shirt design contests, but their latest design challenge is a little different. In the Two Oceans “Craft the Cooler” contest, they’re looking for artists to create artwork for wine carrier bags.

Enter before August 8th, 2014 for your chance to win. Two winners will each earn $1000.

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10 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Springleap’s Open Theme contests are back!

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Springleap, the South Africa based t-shirt design contest site, is bringing back their Open Theme contests. These kinds of contests are great because there’s such a variety of work entered, and are also very friendly to artists since it can be a good place to try out a great piece that’s failed to print somewhere else in the past.

Enter before December 18th, 2013 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 and four tees.

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14 January 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Springleap’s Battle of the Best 2012

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Springleap likes to close each year with a crazy all-star design battle, the Battle of the Best, inviting everyone who has ever had a win at Springleap (or been a runner-up) to compete for a $5000 prize. Past winning shirts have been pretty incredible (two of the three previous winners have been among my favorite tees from Springleap of all time), so as usual I expect to see great things from some very accomplished artists. Designers who have yet to win at Springleap may want to check out the 21st Century Beetle design contest, which is also currently accepting entries.

Enter before January 27th, 2013 for your chance to win. One designer will earn $5000.

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31 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s) 2012

It’s been a good year for t-shirt design contests, with Threadless and Design By Humans both releasing a lot of great work, and nice designs showing up on smaller sites as well. Here’s a look back at the best design each month for this past year:


604republic imperial breakfast

Imperial Breakfast at 604Republic

“…I love the Death Star bowl of cornflakes and little Jawa spoon.”
604Republic’s Imperial Breakfast, January 28th, 2012


threadless eskimo pop

Eskimo Pop by Andy Gonsalves (andyg)

“The minimal style is a perfect fit, making this tee look like a subversive popsicle ad from the 50s.”
Threadless: New this week, February 15th, 2012


springleap longing to breathe

Longing to Breathe by kookylove

“…leaves you wondering if that garden scene is a dream, or if instead he’s managed to escape the darkness and find a clean new world.”
Springleap’s Longing to Breathe, March 2nd, 2012


threadless sloth wars

Sloth Wars by Nana Dalla Porta (Oktomanuba)

“The environment is so clear you can’t help but start to hear birds calling in the background…”
Threadless: New this week, April 18th, 2012


threadless wilt

Wilt by sonmi

“…all these glowing yellows and oranges just pulse on the white fabric.”
Threadless: New this week, May 23rd, 2012


design by humans infested mission

Infested Mission by roncabardz

“I love how it merges alien and human elements…”
Design By Humans: New this week, June 17th, 2012


design by humans sydrs

SYDRS by greentaylorsimms

“… the shirt’s title actually appears in the art, upside-down and partially camouflaged by neighboring textures.”
Design By Humans: New this week, July 29th, 2012


threadless greetings from outer space

Greetings from Outer Space by Eric Zelinski (xiv)

“Finely textured planets provide a backdrop, so thick with detail that you kind of want to reach right out and touch it.”
Threadless: New this week, August 8th, 2012


threadless this is mine

This is Mine by Leardwiwut Ausub (forgotten)

“…the zip’s action becomes a part of the design, letting the pair of monsters literally rip a building in two.”
Threadless: New this week, September 12th, 2012


design by humans great leap

Great Leap by Matttaylordraws

“…an unusually low vantage point that emphasizes the difficulty and peril of his task.”
– Design By Humans: New this week, October 7th, 2012


la fraise it's a long way home

It’s a Long Way Home by Anna-Maria Jung

“Is the city a beacon of hope and dreams or a den for villains?”
La Fraise’s It’s a Long Way Home, November 26th, 2012


la fraise forest factory

Forest Factory by vinsse

” he’s nature itself in all its grass glory, come to fight back against industry the only way he knows how”
– La Fraise’s Forest Factory, December 24th, 2012

Wondering how that compares to past years? Check out my lists from 2011 and 2010!

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08 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Springleap’s 21st Century Beetle contest

Springleap has teamed up with Volkswagen for what might be their biggest contest yet, the 21st Century Beetle design challenge. They’re looking for shirt designs that show off the car in the best way possible, and the page helpfully provides a PDF with more info for those who really want to do their research on the Beetle.

Enter before January 31st, 2013 for your chance to win. First place will earn $2500, second place gets $600 and third place receives $400.

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15 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Springleap’s A New Leaf contest

Springleap has teamed up with Hemporium for a new shirt design contest, A New Leaf, which asks artists to create tees about the benefits of hemp. Since the winning art will be printed on hemp shirts, entries should use olive green or melange as the shirt color. Additionally, the Hemporium logo should be used, and entries should include both a shirt design and a swing tag.

Enter before November 23rd, 2012 for your chance to win. The first place winner will earn $1500, second place will receive $300 and third place gets $200.

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