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07 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s All Over Ugly Christmas Sweater winners

Design By Humans has launched their All Over Ugly Christmas Sweaters collection and announced the winners, and overall it’s a very nice, diverse group of designs. Let’s take a closer look at the top two…

Merry Slothmas Pattern by ramarama took first place, and with its focus on the sloth it should definitely be a crowdpleaser. He’s a great character, all decked out in his own Christmas sweater and Santa cap, merrily drinking away the holiday. It’s appealing because the sloth’s laziness embodies how most people want to spend their winter- just having fun and lazing around with no responsibilities. I think the additions of the Christmas objects like bells, ornaments, and candy canes as confetti throughout the piece help reinforce the festive atmosphere, and the zig zag stripes help it to feel more like a traditional sweater than just a repeated illustration. That said, I think the design would have been even stronger still if some variation was introduced to the sloths (such as a slight position change, minor interaction between sloths, or a sweater color shift) to make each repetition feel more like a unique character and thus make the design stand up better to repeated and close viewings.

The X Mas by DiegoPedauye claimed second place, and is my personal favorite of the group. I love the quirky use of salmon for the collar and cuffs, which give the piece a really eccentric flair and help the color palette to stand out from other holiday designs. There’s a natural connection between our weird holiday traditions (flying sleigh, red-nosed reindeer, Santa’s speed, etc) and the strangeness of extra-terrestrials, particularly since the sleigh could pass as a UFO. So the concept of this piece feels really right, highlighting the oddness that already exists in the holiday. It also incorporates some excellent visual moments, prime among them the way the UFO beaming up a reindeer is represented. I love the way that moment disrupts the entire sweater pattern and serves as a massive focal point, with the shape of its beam recalling the jagged green trees behind it and a row of deer who seem to react to the plight of their captured brother. Very intelligently done. The sole weak link in the piece is the inclusion of the “The X Mas” text at the bottom- it’s unnecessary because the other elements make the theme’s point more strongly, and the text makes an X-Files connection that weakens the otherwise very broad appeal of the art by making it a specific parody (and at that, one that isn’t backed up with other show-specific design elements). Still super-wearable, just a slight wrong note in a piece that otherwise nears perfection.

Check out the whole All Over Ugly Christmas Sweater selection at Design By Humans.

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01 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

DesignByHumans’s All Over Ugly Sweater design contest

Christmas season is starting early with Design By Humans‘s All Over Ugly Sweater design competition. As the name implies, this contest gives designers the opportunity to take advantage of DBH’s all-over dye process and let their art cover all sides of the garment, front, back, and sleeves. Here’s what they’re looking for:

‘TIS THE SEASON to create an Ugly Holiday Sweater to rival all other Ugly Holiday Sweaters. This contest calls for an All Over design, so don’t forget to utilize the front, back and sleeves of your design to their full faux-knit pattern potential.Participants must have a store on DesignByHumans.com.

Participants can submit as many designs as they want, no limit.

Design submitted 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, protected symbols/logos, contain celebrity likeness, or characters that may have copyright protection.

No sexual content or overly graphic violence.

All submissions will be approved/rejected at DBH’s discretion. If your design is rejected you will be given a reason why.

No third party intellectual property may be used.

Enter before October 17th, 2017 for your chance to win. Voting will continue until October 31st, 2017 and winners will be announced on November 1st, 2017. First place will earn $750, second place wins $500, and third place receives $350. Other designs may be selected to print with the collection as runners-up. All printed designs will earn their artists a royalty for every product sold.

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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 DesignByHumans.com.
  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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