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19 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Chess in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

As one of the world’s oldest and best-known strategy board games, Chess occupies a unique place in our culture as both a common pastime and a signifier of intelligence. Its pieces have shapes known worldwide, and even those who have never played the game know most of the basics and can rattle off a few of the specific movement styles each piece uses. Artists aren’t immune to the appeal of chess, and their efforts have illustrated some takes on the game that are brilliant, humorous, and even beautiful. Here’s a look at 15 of the ways artists used shirts to celebrate the game of chess…

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31 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Grim Ripper

Grim Ripper by quilimo continues Design By Humans’s recent trend of limited edition shirts using unusual printing techniques, this time with ink that changes color in the sunlight. The illustration goes from a somewhat grim black and white image of death riding a giant wave on a coffin surfboard to a more colorful depiction. While I would have preferred that specialty ink be used to expand on the story in some way (like Olly Moss’s famous Threadless print Vampire, which used color changing ink to make its protagonist appear to burn in the sun), I’ve got to admit that just by adding the bright yellow and blue this surfing design does feel a lot more bright and summer-y. Death remains his grim black and white self, but his surroundings are more recognizably our world. Pretty cool!

This limited edition will be available for preorder until June 10th, 2019. The expected ship date is July 5th, 2019.

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10 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash)

Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash) by RAIDHO is something special for Design By Humans, a piece being printed in a special way and only sold for a limited time. As someone who first became a DBH fan in the early days because of their innovative use of unique printing techniques such as oversized prints, specialty inks, and even embroidery, it’s exciting to me to see this reflection of their roots, as I think this direction stands out even more now in a market full of digitally printed shirts and it bodes well for future limited editions. And as for this design in particular, it’s a strong choice. The traditional art style looks even more ancient when placed against the soft texture of the shirt’s fabric. I also appreciate the way the symbol of the bird’s footprint is repeated to become a framing element in the yellow border of the background.

This limited edition will be available for preorder until May 19th, 2019. The expected ship date is June 14th, 2019.

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26 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Swimwear collection

As heralded by a recent design contest, Design By Humans now offers a swimwear collection! Beach-y patterns are very well-represented, and there’s also a smattering of abstraction. I like the variety in boldness and print size, and that there’s a wide range of colors.

For my money, though, the best design on offer is Foliage Verse 2 by Ingkong (available in both one piece and board shorts). The large, simply drawn shapes immediately grab attention and more subtle details within the forms addd texture that holds interest. The overlapping gives a sense of depth that feels appropriate to the oceanic inspiration, like something exciting might be hiding behind each strand of seaweed or stalk of coral. It feels both alive and abstract at the same time in a way that I think will be very wearable.

Check out all the new designs and products in Design By Humans’ swimwear collection.

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22 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Swimsuit Design Contest

Summer is right around the corner, and Design By Humans is getting their catalog ready with a new Swimsuit design contest. This is the first time swimsuits have been offered at DBH, though the imagery they provide may give some clues as to what kinds of design applications they’re hoping to see from participating artists.

Enter before April 8th, 2019 for your chance to win. Voting will be from April 8th to 15th, with winners announced on April 16th. First place will earn $500, with second place getting $300 and third place receiving $150. All printed designs will also receive royalties for every product sold.

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08 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Sea of Thieves fan shop

Design By Humans‘s roster of fan shops (which already includes properties like Star Trek, NASA, and Overcooked 2) has a new addition with Sea of Thieves. This pirate-themed multiplayer game lets ships full of grog-addled pirates try their luck on the open seas, and they need new apparel artwork.

Approved designs will be sold in the Officially Licensed Sea of Thieves store with the artist receiving a royalty per item sold. Royalties range from $2.20 on a men’s long tee to $7 for an all-over zip hoodie. See all details and requirements in the Sea of Thieves fan shop artist’s brief.

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31 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Clocks in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

They can reveal the passing of time, the transition from day to night, or even designate a specific moment. The clock in all its forms, whether traditional gears or modern digital, is the kind of everyday object that is useful, beautiful, and can imply many different emotions and stories through the context in which it is used. Here’s a look at 15 times artists used clocks to create amazing shirt designs…

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