Archive | design by humans

08 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Snowmen in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

As a classic winter symbol and source of seasonal nostalgia for many, the snowman is a staple of cold weather shirt design. Whether they’re melting as the sun grows hotter, celebrating the holidays, or behaving like humans, snow creatures of all sorts decorate shirts this time of year. Here’s a look at 15 great examples of ways snowmen have made winter shirts more fun…

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31 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2019

Time for another t-shirt retrospective! Here’s a look at the best shirt printed in each month of 2019…


A Trip through Space and Time by Tom (Thomas Orrow)

“…it rewards your attention with moments like the realistic handwritten price tag tucked beneath the title…”

– Threadless’s A Trip through Space and Time and more new this week, January 31st, 2019


Super Reporter by Gianni Corniola (spike00)

“It might be fair to say that good ol’ Clark Kent was the real hero all along.”

Threadless: Super Reporter and more new this week, February 7th, 2019


Mixed Message by Shadyjibes

“…a design doesn’t have to be complicated to be exciting and memorable.”

Pampling’s Mixed Message, March 25th, 2019


Rhinogami by Lucas Scialabba (palitosci)

“It feels really whimsical to see those tiny folds, and the interaction between the two animals adds to the feeling of each of their personality and character.”

Threadless: Rhinogami and more new this week, April 11th, 2019


Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash) by RAIDHO

“The traditional art style looks even more ancient when placed against the soft texture of the shirt’s fabric.”

Design By Humans’s Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash), May 10th, 2019


Family Fun by Gabriele Crotti (thecoolorange)

“The green ink and half-toning feel appropriately retro, and the bright orange draws your eye immediately to the disastrous fire.”

Threadless’s Family Fun and more new this week, June 27th, 2019


Life in Technicolor by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray)

“…the striped sky and colorful landscape are beautiful to look at and read as a modern interpretation of the colors of the sunset.”

Threadless: Life in Technicolor and more new this week, July 18th, 2019


Watermelon Ratio by Kinkajou88

“…it gives the feeling of eating a never-ending pile of melon.”

Pampling’s Watermelon Ratio, August 16th, 2019


Aerial Spectrum by waynem

“All these birds have been fitted together like a living jigsaw puzzle…”

Threadless’s Aerial Spectrum and more new this week, September 26th, 2019


Cat Metal by Jackson Duarte (JackDuarte)

“…head thrown back as though he’s about to let loose with a wild howl.”

Threadless’s Cat Metal and more new this week, October 17th, 2019


Fox of Leaves by NemiMakeIt

“I think the design’s best feature, though, is how it incorporates realistic vein texture into the leaves.”

Pampling’s Fox of Leaves, November 14th, 2019


Au Revoir by Norman Duenas (fhigi25)

“…the butterfly bursting through its flowery borders as if to dramatically underline how swiftly time flies.”

Threadless: Au Revoir and more new this week, December 18th, 2019

That wraps it up for 2018, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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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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