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31 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s All-Over Costume Tees contest

Halloween is just around the corner, and Design By Humans plans to solve your costume woes with their All-Over Costume Tees design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Alrighty Ghouls and Goblins, it’s time to take your best stab at costume design. Be sure to utilize both the front and the back of the t-shirt to create an eye popping design.

  1. Must have a store on
  2. Participants can submit as many designs as they want, no limit.
  3. This design must be 100% your own work, please do not submit art that is produced by someone else. Proof of original source material may be required to be eligible to win prizes.
  4. DO NOT use images directly taken from a third party/ use protected symbols/logos or characters that may have copyright protection.
  5. No sexual content or overly graphic violence.
  6. All submissions will be approved/rejected at DBH’s discretion. If your design is rejected you will be given a reason why.
  7. No third party IPs may be used.

Enter before September 17th, 2017 for your chance to win. One first place winner will earn $500, second place will get $300 and third place earns $200.

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20 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Leggings design contest

Forget about shirts, Design By Humans wants to extend their fabric empire to cover your lower half in the Leggings design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We may be tee people at heart, but we couldn’t pass up the chance to bring some DBH style to leggings!

The new leggings will be made using an All Over Cut & Sew process similar to our All Over Tees, so you can design across the whole canvas! Get creative and make sure to put your best foot (or leg) forward.

This design must be 100% your own work, please do not submit art that is produced by someone else. Proof of original source material may be required to be eligible to win prizes.

DO NOT use images directly taken from a third party, use protected symbols, logos, or characters that may have copyright protection.

No sexual content or overly graphic violence.

Enter before September 3rd, 2017 for your chance to win. One 1st place winner will earn $750, 2nd place gets $500 and 3rd will receive $350. All selected winners and an additional 15 runners-up will also get royalties for each piece sold.

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01 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Backpack collection

Design By Humans has released their Backpack collection, packed to the gills with fun and interesting pieces submitted to their recent Backpack design contest. Although there were a lot of gems (chief among them pieces like No. 43 and Backstreet Bag), I want to take a minute to talk about my absolute favorite of the bunch, Whales and Waves by Freeminds. Although a repeating pattern, this design catches my eye because at first glance it feels like complete chaos. Waves crash everywhere, and rosy-cheeked whales muscle their own path through the turbulent splatter. Exciting strings of yellow and orange add interest, like a confetti explosion that celebrates the motion of animals and water. I like the way the lines of the whale’s fins and the lines of the waves sometimes seem to be following the same path, both united in the way they travel through this strange, artistic ocean. It’s really fun stuff, and unlike any other backpack I’ve ever seen.

Check out the entire all-over print Backpack collection at Design By Humans!

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31 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s 10 Year Anniversary Tees

Design By Humans is celebrating their 10th anniversary with 5 new limited edition shirts, and my favorite of the bunch is Time and Space by NeonBeast. It uses a style I really love, an approach that mixes doodle, texture, collage and geometry into a composition that still somehow feels like it’s hinting at a story. There’s a creepy, noir-ish quality to the selected images of clouds, yellow eyes, and dark bird which creates an atmosphere of secrets hiding in every corner. The way each element bleeds into the next helps the art to feel dynamic and moves the eye smoothly from one piece to the next. Even though the color count is low, expert use of different textures helps it to feel like there’s still a lot of visual diversity in shades used.

Koi Fish by kdeuce impresses with its very textural brush style. I love the way that each strand of the brush seems to bring the lines of the fish’s fins to life, as delicate and and as in motion as the real thing. The dark ink of the fish even fades into the grey of the shirt, like it’s obscured by flickering sunlight above the waves. My favorite element, though, is the addition of the green shapes for the top layer. It gives the design a lot of depth by giving the illusion of looking at the creature as it swims past algae or seaweed. In other words, it gives us the sense of an entire environment even though only one detail is shown. Smart work, and the printing placement (anchored on one shoulder of the design, leaving most of the other half blank) is sophisticated and well-chosen.

Life Beyond Earth by Mathiole delivers a freaky space scene, pumped through with a bright pink that feels sickly sweet. One thing I appreciate about this piece is the way that it emphasizes the unusual in every way it can in the design’s structure, from that color palette to the out of the ordinary strong bottom placement of the artwork. It gets the viewer feeling off-kilter, unsure what to expect next, and that’s a great way to prepare them for the surprise of the flowers blooming from the astronaut’s helmet. Seeing something that is so friendly and harmless used in a way so alien feels genuinely frightening, even more so because it raises the question of how anything is able to grow in space. I’m also really digging the way the design emphasizes remoteness through the very small, distant stars and broken capsule above.

Oni Mask by Mr-Nicolo takes a bold approach with its nearly neon colors and big, brash shapes. I appreciate that although this design is clearly inspired by Japanese folklore, the artistic style and approach taken are all modern. It makes the material feel fresher than it may have otherwise, and helps the art to feel unique from other pieces with similar inspiration. The blue flame-like shapes are my favorite element because they help to give the mask a strange environment to exist in, and because their implied motion makes the mask feel more active. The strong side placement of the print is also a great choice, and gives the design a more dramatic effect than a more traditional print would have.

Galactic Frontier by NiceBleed might look like an ordinary adventure scene at first, but the color palette clues you in that there might be something more unusual at play. That feeling is rewarded when you see the horse’s rider- no typical wanderer, this fellow’s silhouette reveals that he’s encased in an astronaut’s round helmet and thick suit, complete with a massive air tank strapped to his back. It’s a cool combination of old and new, and really makes you wonder about what strange planet he could be on that still has something like horses thriving (or maybe brought along? That’d be an interesting trip!). But as the extremely active and lush skyscape shows, where ever this place is, it looks pretty amazing. Comets, massive planets, and even the spirals of galaxies reveal themselves among the stars, promising even more exciting planets just past the horizon.

Design By Humans’s Limited Edition Anniversary Tees are available until August 8th, 2017. There’s also a code available for those who want to pick up the whole collection at a lower price!

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04 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Backpack design contest

Design By Humans is getting ready for fall and back to school season early with their new Backpack design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Put your design skills to the test with this unique new product type. Every part of these classic bags can be your canvas – from the external zippered pocket to the sides and back of the main compartment. Even the straps can be part of your creation!

Enter before July 18th, 2017 for your chance to win. Voting ends on July 24th, with winners announced on July 25th. The first place winner earns $750, while second places receives $500 and third place gets $350. Additionally, 15 runners-up will be printed. All winners maintain the rights to their artwork and will receive royalties for each product purchased.

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06 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Clash of Clans contest

Design By Humans has teamed up with Clash of Clans for a new design contest to create t-shirts about the popular mobile game. Here’s what they’re seeking…

We’re looking for t-shirt designs that incorporate what you love most about the Clash of Clans universe: a specific troop, your favorite commercial, or pretty much anything that inspires you and your Clanmates. No idea is too Giant, no design too moustachey – take aim and send us your one-of-a-kind Clash of Clans t-shirt design to win!

Enter before June 29th, 2017 for your chance to win. Voting takes place from June 30th to July 14th, with winners revealed on July 21st. 1st place wins $3500, 2nd place receives $3000, and 3rd place gets $2500. Additionally, all winners will earn a t-shirt of their design, a gold variant P.E.K.K.A. statue with the box singed by the Clash of Clans team, and their design on

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09 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

DesignByHumans: All Over Contest winners

Design By Humans have announced the winners of their big All Over design contest, and the results are pretty spectacular! A total of 18 designs printed, with subject matter spanning from the abstract to food, the outdoors, and even outer space. Some shirts boast buckets of brilliant color, while others feature tamed-down palettes for a more sophisticated look.

Taking the top spot was Falldown by Eyesore427. This was my favorite of the entries, so I was glad to see that DBH awarded it First Place. There’s just so much that this design gets right. For starters, I love the way it decks the shoulders in that inky star field, creating bold contrast with the pale tones of the shirt below. The way the blackness oozes in (or out?) of the astronaut’s helmet make it feel strange and diseased, like space itself has infected him and turned his normal existence suddenly alien. The pose of the spaceman communicates both weightlessness and the sheer power of the black shape in his twisted posture, even giving the piece some depth because of the angle he’s contorted into. I also like the attention to detail of featuring the astronaut on just the front, leaving the back to contain only drips. A lot of all over print shirts make the mistake of making both sides identical even when it doesn’t make sense, and I think there’s a level of quality gained by not doing that here.

You can see all of the All Over design contest winners at Design By Humans.

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