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Springleap do print-on-demand now

by Andy on November 13, 2012

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It’s amazing that in just the past 10 years or so that print-on-demand technology has come so far that it is no a viable option for brands wanted to produce high quality t-shirts and print onto just about any colour of t-shirt too (it used to be that printing onto a dark t-shirt was practically impossible). South African design competition Springleap have decided to make the switch over to POD from traditional screenprinting, and in the process that means that they will be able to offer almost all of their back catalogue at any one time (they can print them when they’re ordered so there’s no need to keep stock on hand of older design which aren’t as popular). Initially they’re offering a limited range of designs in POD format and just printed on black, white, and melange (whatever colour that is), but I can only assume that this range will expand over time. You can also get 10% off anything in store at the moment with the coupon code demand2010 for an unknown amount of time.

I get the impression that this means they will stop selling screenprinted shirts soon, which is a bit of a pity since it’s still very hard to match that quality level, but as I say, POD has come on leaps and bounds so hopefully there won’t be much of a difference.


springleap glass recycling

I don’t think that these winning designs are in the shop yet at Springleap, but it certainly is neat to see some well designed shirts to help raise environmental awareness since those two things don’t always seem to go hand in hand.


manentines day t-shirts

I still refuse to believe that Manentine’s Day is a real thing (it was yesterday, apparently), but at least Springleap have been able to get some cool designs out of it, my personal favourite being the 2nd placed winner, ‘Love Bubble’.

The shirts are available now from the Manentines Day store.


cat in a top hat

Cats wearing hats on the internet? Nah, I’m sure that no one will like this tee from Springleap!

Costiness=$17 Buy it at Springleap (at the moment I can’t see a purchase button but this is the page Springleap are linking to on their front page)


springleap t-shirt

This tee went on sale at Springleap before I started paying closer attention to their releases, so this is actually the first time that I’ve seen “Longing to Breathe”, but I think that it’s pretty cool and I can see why it has been voted as their top tee of 2011 over at South Africa’s premiere (only?) design contest. I’m not sure if there was a prize attached with being voted top or if it was just bragging rights, but congratulations to designer kookylove nevertheless.


marmite t-shirts

You know how they say you’ll either love or hate Marmite? I have no idea which of those people I am since I’ve never tried the stuff, I’ve just never been interested, I saw a jar in the cupboard today and thought “not today Marmite, not today.” Then again, I was having croissants for breakfast so that’s probably fair enough.

Impressive array of winners from Springleap in their Marmite competition, I think my favourite is the crest style design, really nice style to that one.


no room for hubris t-shirt

I’m trying to work this shirt out, it’s called “no room for hubris” and yet it has a picture of some dude on it… what’s the deal with that?

Also, if you’re the kind of person that subs artwork to design competitions, Springleap have got a couple of comps open at the moment, with $700 and $1250 up for grabs.


Springleap Coupon Code

by Andy on January 28, 2011

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The coupon code cupid101 will get you R80 off your order at Springleap. You might be asking yourself, what the hell is R80 when it’s at home, well, tees are Springleap cost R183, which is about $24, so using math we can work out that R80 is a saving of about $10.50, good work, math!

Oh, and you’d probably be thinking that the code is only valid until Valentines Day since we all know Cupid goes to hibernate in his velvet fortress on February 15th, but it’ll actually keep on saving until the end of March.


Brute Force Brigade at Springleap

by Andy on January 19, 2011

brute force brigade t-shirt

I don’t mention Springleap that often, and from what I can tell not many of my tee blogging brethren do either, I don’t think anyone really has anything against South Africa’s #1 (and only?) crowdsourced t-shirt design competition, but their location may well have something to do with it, even though the internet does have a tendency to significantly reduce the importance of geography.

It would be nice if Springleap also offered vinyl toys because I think those characters would look pretty badass.

Costiness=$24 Buy it at Springleap




It’s probably a little bit inappropriate that this post follows one about a Britney Spears lyric.

Costiness=$19 Available from Springleap


Taxi Wars by Chucky for Springleap

by Andy on November 7, 2009

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Again with the Star Wars referencing tees, will I ever stop?!

It is also a reference to the occurrence of taxi violence in South Africa, which I was previously unaware of, but am currently being shocked learning about.

Costiness=$19 Available from Springleap


Here Comes Trouble By DeeDeeKid for Springleap

by Andy on September 19, 2009

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LOVE this colourway.

Costiness=$19 Available from Springleap


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Springleap, South Africa’s premiere (only?) design competition, has teamed up with P.A.S.T (People Against Suits & Ties) to crowdsource a t-shirt for Casual Day which is held on September 5th in SA. That’s right, they want everyone to stop wearing their work uniforms, and everyone wear the same thing… which feels like a bit of an oxymoron to me, but it’s all for a good cause (various charities receive lots of money via fundraising initiatives associated with Casual Day) so let’s not worry about that.

I’ve obviosuly caught this one a little late, but you may still be able to think up a design to enter into the competition, but if not, make sure you get a few votes in so that some South Africans look good in early September.

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South Africa’s premier/only t-shirt design competition, Springleap, dropped 50% off coupon code BOMBSHELL on Twitter this afternoon at about 16:30 GMT (boom baby!). The coupon code is twitterpower and presumably applies to anything in the store (it’s hard to share small details when you’ve only got 140 characters). The reason why I mentioned the time that they tweeted is because the coupon will expire 24 hours after that time, so the minutes are ticking by to make your severely discounted purchase.



I like it!

Costiness=$19 Available from Springleap


Quicktees: Spring Leap

by Andy on March 26, 2008

Springleap beta homepage

Springleap is (yet) another design competition, excpet this one is from South Africa (I don’t think we’ve ever had an SA company on HYA before). You know the deal, tee designs get submitted, voted on (that starts April 1st on SL), and eventually winning designs are printed and sold (which should happen at SL in May).

The site design is pretty cool, and the prizes are decent (I’m a fan of designers being paid on a per-tee basis on top of a lump sum, even if it isn’t much per tee), and there is a focus upon community that isn’t seen in many other design competitions, but a design competition is only as strong as the talent in its community, so we’ll have to wait until April 1st to see what kind of design quality is available to be voted on.



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