Archive | design by humans

16 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

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Design By Humans is quickly becoming my favorite t-shirt site. This week’s batch of shirts has a wide range of artistic style and an intriguing selection of printing techniques. Let’s take a closer look:

My favorite shirt this week has got to be It’s a Lovely Death by OutwardCreative. The textures are beautiful, as is the color scheme- it’s an attractive look at a deeply unattractive subject, and that juxtaposition is very appealing. I love the way the colors loop around each other.

Silk Moth Soliloquy is totally original. The asian theme is a great fit to artist iotadial’s style, and the strong vertical of the design expresses a lot of yearning. I can imagine that the gold foil accents in this piece give it a lot of pop.

tomburns’ GOOD and EVIL has an amazing vintage illustrative style, perfectly suited to an oversize print. It’s a one-color print done really well- the lines communicate shades of grey as well, which keeps things fresh.

Tales by DangerRuss was probably my second favorite this week. The subject matter, a grandfather regaling his grandchildren with exaggerated stories from his pasts, is both amusing and heart-warming. The style is expressive and unique (in particular, I love the way the speech bubble is treated). Silver foil highlights add even more pizazz to this awesome shirt.

fawnfruits’ Underwaterdeer is the first shirt I can recall that has had an applique treatment. While I was skeptical of how that technique would look on a shirt, I have to admit that this looks really wicked. Placement is different on the men’s and women’s versions of this shirt, but the men’s version is perfect- the horns curve around towards the collar.

Overall, a great week. I like the range of work shown. Also, I’ve added Design By Humans to the list of contest links on the right of this page. Thanks to Jamey of Sunsports for pointing out the oversight.

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08 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans Shirt of the Week: Is Nothing Sacred

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Congratulations to MrRocks, whose shirt design Is Nothing Sacred? was selected as Shirt of the Week at Design By Humans.

The award for Shirt of the Week is an additional $1000 (Shirts of the Day receive $750). There is also a monthly prize of $1750 up for grabs, so if you’ve got a great shirt design (especially one that takes advantage of the unique print techniques that DBH offers), try your hand at submitting. The contest is on-going.

(You may have noticed that this week’s winner… wasn’t actually a Shirt of the Day winner this week. I think this irregularity is due to the fact that no Shirt of the Week was awarded last week, when the $5000 winner was announced. I expect (though no formal rule seems to exist) that in the future, a Shirt of the Day will win the Weekly prize during its inaugural week.)

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07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

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I’m not gonna lie, I check Design By Humans every day to see what kickass shirt they’ve decided to print. And every day, I am pleasantly surprised. Because these are truly amazing shirts, make no mistake- the raw creativity and finely-tuned skill on display at DBH is pretty much unmatched by an other site, a fact made all the more amazing because this is still only the site’s second week. Unbelievable.

Animal Story by Raid71 was today’s addition, and it is fantastic. I love this guy’s style because it conveys so much information about light and texture, and the special technique of adding some embroidered accents probably helps to emphasize that even more in person.

Animal Farm by tomburns is one of the most attractive shirts I’ve seen in awhile. The interplay of blues and yellows is gorgeous, and the fact that the design is an homage to the Orwell novel (which, unfortunately, I’ve never actually read) just adds more depth to an already great tee.

Revelations by jimiyo requires a closeup: the delicate lines, smooth shadows and cool copper highlights work together to form a really stylish look. I admit to hating the shirt color on general principle, but it works well with the design here.

Turttle by RWR2 is defined by the bold turtle and tree that form its center. It’s a brilliant, fresh drawing and I bet the flock print adds even more flavor. I might be picking this one up this weekend.

Citylife by Steven communicates the feel of the city perfectly. The printing techniques (oversize print, suede puff lines, foil highlights, oh my!) just communicate awesomeness.

Overall, a really nice week. It’s interesting that four of the five shirts center around animals, I wonder if there’ll be more accidental themes in the future? Anyway, part of me hopes DBH prints some more mediocre stuff soon- buying shirts at this rate, I’m going to be broke!

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01 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans: The Case of the Missing Shirt

Design By Humans fans may have noticed something odd this Thursday… no new shirt was posted! If you’re like me, your first thought was, “Hey, what gives?”

Here’s the deal: Yes, the site intends to have a new shirt design up every weekday. That couldn’t happen this Thursday, but I’ve been assured that this sort of foul-up probably won’t happen again (the exact words of the DBH service rep were not to expect this “unless something really rare and unforeseen happens like all of our computers blowing up or getting struck by lightening”). So the daily winners will still be continuing as announced.

Oh, and there’s a whole redesign of the site currently in progress. DBH currently estimates that the new site will be up and running in two weeks or so. This sounds awesome, I’m hoping for some more user interactivity and a more streamlined voting system.

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27 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design by Humans $5000 Winner Announced

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Design by Humans has just announced their $5000 winner: Robot Attack by Legion of Doom

The shirt, which was designed by a team of over 20 artists working in a variety of styles, features a soft hand screen print with metallic ink accents. Oh, and it is ridiculously good-looking.

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08 August 2007 ~ 7 Comments

Design By Humans: Coupon Codes with Every Order

I finally broke down and bought a shirt from Design By Humans. Did you know that every time you order, you’ll get a coupon code worth 15% off on your next order?

The code is good for multiple uses by multiple people, but it expires after 10 days. But, if you spread the code around to your friends, you’ll get a DBH $ for each usage.

On an unrelated note, here is a coupon to get 15% off at Design By Humans: YP1B6M (good until October 17th)

(I bought Black Market, which is a ridiculously good-looking shirt- I love shirts with hand-drawn doodles.)

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18 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans Rock Star Awards

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You know, blogging about the t-shirt industry can be kind of a tough gig. You work late at your day job, take a power nap… and suddenly you’re the last one to report on some major t-shirt news.

At any rate, if you didn’t hear about it from Tcritic or Hide Your Arms, then you’ll be pleased to know that Design By Humans has expanded the potential winnings for their t-shirt designers.

According the new winning structure, the Rock Star Awards Program, artists will be able to earn residuals when their designs sell well.

Here’s how the winnings break down:

SILVER
1,000 total shirts sold
$500 cash award!

GOLD
2,000 total shirts sold
$1,000 cash award!

PLATINUM
3,000 total shirts sold
$1,500 cash award!

MULTI-PLATINUM
5,000 total shirts sold
$2,000 cash award!

DIAMOND
10,000 total shirts sold
$5,000 cash award!

It’s hard not to view this as a reaction to the prize increase Threadless made yesterday, but I’m actually of the opinion that DBH would have done this anyway. I think the Threadless change caused them to announce earlier (I’ve been expecting an announcement of something like this after the current $5000 contest ends), but probably nothing else. At any rate, this is certainly great news for t-shirt designers. The more they compete, the more we all win!

And for any potential Design By Humans purchasers, use this code (LWMWD6) to get 15% off your order (expires 08-17-07).

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