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04 November 2007 ~ 3 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

This week’s Design By Humans coupon code is 8SW8DK, good for 15% off until November 9th 2007. Feel free to post your own codes in the comments, I’ll list them off at the top of next week’s post.

For Sale By Owner by barakhardley is my favorite of the week. It’s a great use of a large print, and the facial expression is just perfect. The texture of the hair and beard was a nice addition as well.

Welcome to Brazil by ninhol, a colorful collage of some of the things that define Brazil. Ninhol’s style is all over this one, especially apparent in the swooping lines, treatment of the hands, and the color palette. There’s a back shoulder graphic of the design’s Republica scrolls, which is a great touch.

Mexican Standoff by fatheed is a cool shirt that just looks better the closer you get- the detail is amazing, and they’ve even used a suede ink on several elements. There’s also a lot of depth in the scene, as pretty much every character is both a hostage and an aggressor (no small feat, since there are almost twenty figures in the mix). This is also mirrored by the two dogs facing off (which is my favorite part).

The Source by dhectwenty has a great structure- the colors left in the hummingbird’s wake wrap around the back of the shirt. The droplets around the bird also contribute to the sense of motion. What stops me from being into this one, though, is the color palette- I just don’t like those colors together, and especially not on navy blue. But color sense varies pretty wildly from one person to the next, so I might be alone on that one.

Descending Falls by Castle is totally unique, and the printing technique takes it to a whole new level. High density ink is used for the falling lines while water based ink is used on the figures, giving them a real sense of being trapped. The specific poses of the characters are excellent, full of chaos.

Overall, a really nice week. All these shirts stand out from the kind of thing other stores are doing, and they’re totally wearable. I think DBH will be hard-pressed to choose a Shirt of the Week from this bunch, because they’re all contenders.

Design By Humans is an on-going t-shirt design competition. Winners can earn up to $3500, plus residuals. Interested parties should submit their work here.

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28 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

Use code EKMKME before October 31st to get a 15% discount on your Design By Humans order. And if you have your own discount code, feel free to post it in the comments.

My favorite shirt this week was The Ultimate Shirt by Moss, but it was a difficult choice since there were so many cool designs. Just about every t-shirt cliche is featured (I’m especially partial to the smoking unicorn, but it’s all great). The style (reminiscent of the doodlings a high schooler might do in his notebook) kicks things up a notch. Totally solid.

Madre Tierra by Ninhol depicts a mother nature figure who is created from landscape patterns and homes. It has a great folk art feel to it, and the colors really pop on the brown shirt. The sheen accents (judging from the close up images, it looks like they’re used on the pink areas of the shirt) probably add a lot to this one in person, as well.

Goodbye Old Friend by Sonmi is the story of the sun mourning his friend, a snowman. The style is amazing, as there is a real sense of sorrow and weariness in the sun’s eyes. The color palette is another huge plus- it has an antique aura to it, which adds to the viewer’s understanding of the sun’s plight. He’s probably said goodbye to many more snowmen since the image was created. And, you know they were totally tight because they have such similar taste in hats! Poor sun.

Migrate South by cpdesign is one of the better penguin/flight shirts I’ve seen. The characterization of the penguin is interesting, as he’s full of grim determination (instead of hopeful, the direction most of these shirts seem to take). The attention paid to the background is also a selling point because I like the way simple bird outlines haunt the background and the angle of the clouds provides some additional visual interest.

Dead Pony by cbuchholz shows a Ford Mustang being ripped apart by vultures. It’s a cool visual even if (like me) you aren’t enough of a car person to get the car/horse pun. While some people in the comments are up in arms about the addition of splatters, I actually disagree- I think they add a grittier feel to the piece. It just looks like more of a finished product to me than it did previously. I’m considering purchasing this, and before it wasn’t even on my radar.

Overall, this was a fantastic week- some really top-tier artists were printed, and there was a nice variety in style and technique. Also, congratulations are in order for akoelle, whose Squid Count was named Shirt of the Week.

Remember, Design By Humans is an on-going t-shirt design competition. If you’ve got a great shirt concept, submit it for your chance at up to $3500 (plus residuals).

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21 October 2007 ~ 3 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

Some people left comments on previous entries with coupon codes for Design By Humans, so I’ll pass those along: XV8E16 is good for 15% off until October 22nd, and HWC036 is good for 15% off until October 29th. Enjoy!


Squid Count by akoelle is easily one of the more interesting shirts I’ve seen lately. The juxtaposition of the squids with numbers is fun (and a natural fit, given the numerous limbs squids boast) and the artwork itself is expressive and beautiful. This one is seriously testing my “no white shirts” rule.


Bow Master by skulldaggery is kind of a weird one for me. I like the idea of it, and ribbons swirling around other elements is something I tend to find visually appealing. But somehow, this one just leaves me cold. It’s not a reflection on the artist at all- I liked his Rocket Scientist design, and would have preferred to see a print on that one.

statueMan by theunenthusiast stands out from the rest of the shirts offered by DBH, which is always neat. I like the intricacy of the patterns and the main character has a lot of personality. Since this artist’s Robit was my early favorite for the $5000 competition, I’m glad to see him get a print.


tomburns’s We Are All In This Alone was my other favorite this week. It looks great, and there’s some meaning to be had as well. The cards that the characters hold in front of their faces are blank, but reaching. Their blind fumbles come close to the others in the scene, but never quite hit them. They’d have to drop the cards to finally make contact.

Futureshock by hogboy features an excellent use of both the front and back of the shirt. The front carries an image of the futuristic device assembled, and the back has the exploded diagram. The color scheme also raises the level of this design- those shades of blue are really attractive, and have a certain blueprint-y subtext.

Overall, a really nice week. I’m glad to see such artistic work being printed.

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14 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

Design By Humans had a bit of a theme going with their shirts this week, titled Halloweek. I’m a sucker for themes, so it definitely appealed to me- especially since these aren’t shirts that are exclusively for Halloween. They’ve got that spooky element, but still wouldn’t be out of place during the rest of the year.

My favorite this week was unquestionably Forbidden Platypus by Wandering BErt. It’s a very neat combination of images- Robby the Robot carrying a platypus, the most ridiculous of all animals, instead of a beautiful woman. The concept grabbed me instantly and made me picture what could have happened to lead to this moment.

Guard Your Grill by eskimokiss is a great use of both an oversize print and gold foil. I wouldn’t have guessed that overused skull imagery could look fresh to me, but it totally does here. The execution is top-notch, handily setting it apart from a sea of similarly-themed shirts.

Vintage Spirits by danr really sings with the vibrant ink they’ve used. While I liked the original submission, the newly vivid colors gave this one new life. It’s a gorgeous illustration as well (I wish it were shown up close on the shop page, because the details are on point). Danr’s on a bit of a roll at DBH- of his four submissions, this is the second of his that has been printed.

Pink Shirt by jublin has a seriously nice color palette- the pinks look great, and the unusual drawing style gives the sensation of being trapped in a hideously cute nightmare. I have no idea what’s going on in this one, and I like it that way.

Voodoo! by LucaT is the only one this week that I’m not really sold on- I loved it in voting, but the changes made in production don’t really work for me. Instead of a charcoal tee, it’s been printed on navy blue. The pink was brightened, and there is much less distressing. The new colors, in particular, just don’t hit my eyes quite right- I find that shade of pink on navy blue to be very uncomfortable to look at. It’s possible that it looks better in person, but that’s not something I’d risk a purchase on at this point.

Overall, though, it was a pretty great week of shirts. There was a nice variety in imagery (if not in shirt color). If you’re considering a purchase, try coupon code YP1B6M for 15% off.

Remember, Design By Humans is an on-going t-shirt design competition. If you think your design has what it takes, enter it for your chance at up to $3500 (plus residuals).

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07 October 2007 ~ 4 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

Here’s a Design By Humans coupon code for 15% off: YP1B6M.


The Birdman by Ky11 is undoubtedly my favorite shirt this week. It is a gorgeous, textural piece, and I can imagine that the blue foil used on the eyes looks spectacular in person. The character is intriguing, as he seems world-weary yet hopeful.


Tree People by a_mar_illo has the same unique style as the artist’s other works: a color palette focused on browns/blues/pinks, disembodied heads with hollow eyes, and textural linework. It’s a beautiful shirt, and I hope to see more prints from this artist in the future.

Attraction by akoelle shows moths hovering around a light bulb. It’s a cool image, and a bit disappointing to see that it is only available a womens shirt. I think some adjustments to the placement and colors could have made this a nice shirt for guys as well. Still, it’s nice to see DBH is printing shirts with females specifically in mind- at most other shirt sites, women seem to be more of an afterthought.


Bad Pet by nesk is probably the most adorable poo shirt you will ever see. The dinosaur’s owner admonishes his pet, and further to the right you can see why- a passer-by has been crushed underneath a huge pile of dung, his briefcase flung uselessly to the side. Obviously, this is a very funny, very cute shirt… for people who lack my hangups about wearing poop.

A Pirate’s Tale by robsoul is a concept that I’m a little more on-board with- a pirate sits on his treasure chest, recounting tales of his exploits (with pipe in hand). What makes this shirt for me is the look in the pirate’s eyes… there’s a real sense of wonder there, as if he can’t believe that he got out of the situation he’s describing alive and intact (or as if he can’t believe he’s getting away with the lies he’s spinning).

Definitely a great week of shirts. One of last week’s batch, Chaos came from the Ocean by Steven, was just named Shirt of the Week. Shirt of the Month was also announced, and was awarded to Revelations by jimiyo. Nice choices!

If any of these shirts caught your fancy, use this coupon code for 15% off: YP1B6M.

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30 September 2007 ~ 3 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans


New week, new shirts at Design By Humans. This is Still Life by ste7en, my favorite of the bunch. It’s a lot of fun and the celebrity likenesses are dead-on, especially cherry Che, which cracks me up. The bright pop-art colors help make this one a must-have.


Chariots Retired by ianleino is a really clever concept. It definitely sparks the imagination to picture a distant parking lot where all the outdated eighties entertainment vehicles are housed. The vintage water-based print completes the concept nicely.

dwgagner’s The Adventure is a cool vintage look. It inspired some controversy in the comments due to some borrowing from some materials exhibited at the Air and Space Museum. I have no real opinion in either direction- I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong to expand on the work of others in this way, but I do think I probably would have been more interested if it was less faithful to the original. As is, it doesn’t catch my interest much.


keithmore’s There’s Nowhere to Hide is a well-drawn expression of paranoia that takes full advantage of the shirt’s length. In the final product, though, it’s not quite my cup of tea- I preferred the front and back placement, which I think leaves some mystery about the surveillance (it might seem at first that the satellite is benign or that the man is paranoid, but once you see both sides you have a fuller experience of the theme). It’s quality either way I guess, but I’m much less likely to actually purchase this version.

Chaos Came From the Ocean by steven is really amazing- I love all the creatures spouting from the two hands. I also love that the robot is dressed in a pimpish manner for no apparent reason and that his speech bubbles leave no doubt about his intentions. It’s a really great shirt, is what I’m saying. Definitely click on the original submission link while you’re there, because the design improves when you see it close up (I wish close up views were available for all the shirts).

Overall, a pretty good week. Three of the five are shirts that I’d consider buying, which is some very good odds. Also impressive: DBH’s Shirt of the Week is Rapelling Gang, my favorite shirt of last week. Excellent choice!

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26 September 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Design By Humans Redesigns


Design By Humans has redesigned their site, and it is awesome. In addition to a simplified voting system (there’s now only the choice to vote for a print, rather than the previous yes-maybe-no options), the new site offers some cool rankings (you can see which designs have received the most votes that day, and which shirts are selling the most copies). You can also see exactly how many votes a design has received, which is very neat.

Design By Humans is an on-going t-shirt design competition, offering prizes for Shirt of the Day, Shirt of the Week and Shirt of the month. Designers can earn up to $3500 (plus residuals). If you enter, be sure to read up on DBH’s selection of printing techniques- they can enhance your work with treatments like high density ink, gel, and embroidery.

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