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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

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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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22 September 2007 ~ 3 Comments

Design By Humans: New This Week


This might be my favorite week of shirts so far at Design By Humans. I had three major contenders for my favorite of the week, but in the end I had to go with Rappelling Gang by hagithash. I love the style on these characters, and the addition of the frayed rope embroidery on the back is amazing. Completely charming and totally unique.


danr’s Seed was another favorite of mine this week. It takes two common t-shirt elements (the hand and the tree) and combines them into an iconic image. It’s beautiful, and the strong visuals have a lot of power to them- this shirt could easily be a message about environmental issues as well. Add in the off-kilter blue color palette, and this shirt is a must-buy for me.

Our World by LoftySofty is a cool concept: it depicts children drawing a chalk cityscape on the pavement. The contrast of the styles used on the children and the drawings is very expressive and fun. While I would have preferred a lighter grey shirt like the one this design was submitted with, this still looks pretty awesome.


RecycledWax’s Music is bold and fun. The color palette of pink, blue and white is fresh and suits the artist’s cartooning quite well. There’s also some nice contrast between the drawing and the background, which I think helps to sell the theme even more.

Luchador Mask Rejects by eskimokiss is awesome. Just flat out awesome. Each mask is amusing on its own, and as a group they’re incredible (favorites of mine include Che and the hockey mask). As if the shirt weren’t cool enough already, this thing freaking glows in the dark. AWESOME. Do I even need to say that this was another contender for my favorite this week?

Overall this was a great group of shirts. There’s not a single one that I dislike, which is quick a feat. Also, congratulations are in order for artist iotadial: his shirt Silk Moth Soliloquy was named Design By Humans Shirt of the Week!

Design By Humans is an on-going t-shirt design competition, printing a new shirt every weekday. Prizes are available for Shirt of the Day ($500 cash and $250 credit), Shirt of the Week ($1000 cash) and Shirt of the Month ($1500 cash and $250 credit). Additional bonuses are available to artists whose shirts sell a lot of copies. Designers should bear in mind that DBH offers a selection of printing options including foil, gel and discharge effects.

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16 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans


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


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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