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11 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New T-Shirt Competition: Design By Humans


Yes, another competition. As the t-shirt design competition market gets increasingly saturated, how does a new competition site stand out from the crowd?

With $5000, my friend. That’s right, Design By Humans is launching with a $5000 grand prize. And already, the work being submitted is more than worthy of such a prize. A quick glance through their already stocked store (my favorite shirt, Black Market, is pictured above) lets you know that DBH plans to be the go-to site for tees that could pass as fine art.

Their plan to attract talent includes a multi-tier design competition: Each weekday, a shirt is selected as Shirt of the Day, earning the designer $500 cash and $250 in store credit. At the end of the week, one of the Shirt of the Day winners will be designated Shirt of the Week, winning the designer an additional $1000 cash. Monthly, a Shirt of the Week Winner will rise to become Shirt of the Month (with a prize of another $1500 cash and $250 credit). Which, added together, is quite a windfall!

Another feature that is sure to attract artists is DBH’s Mixed Media template- you can specify such decadent features as embroidery, appliqué, foil and much, much more.

Entries to the $5000 contest must be submitted before August 10th, 2007. Designs submitted after that date are eligible for the site’s other prizes, with an upper limit of $3500. There are already a bunch of truly great shirts in the running (my favorite, Robit, is pictured below), so if you want a chance at that $5000 it’s probably best to submit your work soon!


And for any potential Design By Humans purchasers, here’s a code to get 15% off on your order: LWMWD6 (expires 08-17-07).

10 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Sale at Uneetee


Tragically for me, I placed an order at Uneetee two weeks ago and bought all the shirts I wanted then. But for the luckier souls among us, Uneetee’s 12 day sale (which runs through July 20th) marks an excellent opportunity to pick up shirts from their collection (including my two favorites, linked above) for the low price of $12 each.

Also, just a reminder- today is the last day to enter Uneetee’s July 2007 $1000 design contest. If you’ve got a submission ready, act now!

10 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gorilla Tank: A New T-Shirt Competition Site


The image you see above is one of the three inaugural designs at the new on-going t-shirt design competition site, Gorilla Tank.

Based in the UK, Gorilla Tank is taking a different approach to the design competition concept- members will have different status levels (based on community participation). These status levels may even affect how votes are weighted in the competition. Status is measured through the use of “seeds,” which are earned for a variety of actions including referring visitors to the site, buying shirts, submitting material to the site, or even just having a birthday. This could be a cool alternative to the voting metrics that most sites use, since it rewards those who work to improve the community.

And there’s some good news for designers, too. A winning design at Gorilla Tanks will net you 300 pounds in cash and another 120 in merchandise. Since the site just launched five days ago (and only a handful of shirts are currently being voted on), chances of having your design printed have never been better.

(My name on Gorilla Tank is mj00, so please use me as the person who referred you to the site! Thanks.)

09 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless


Yep, it’s Monday again- and as usual, the only good thing about this horrible, horrible day is that Threadless is jam-packed with new shirts! It’s a nice group of shirts, with the stand-out to me being Clouds Within the Thunder. In addition to being a great, minimal concept, this shirt also proves for once and for all that Threadless can print on the shirt collar when they want to.

While overall the new shirts are fantastic, I also have some reservations about a few. The slogan shirt, for instance, has fantastic material to work with, yet the type is laid out in a completely boring fashion (yes, I saw the woodgrain, no, I was not impressed). Meanwhile, the sketchy life drawing shirt is a cool concept, but hardly one of the best sketchy shirts I’ve seen on the site (it looks like the seventies, ew!). Still, I guess it’s a bit much to expect Threadless to cater exclusively to my sensibilities, so I’ll content myself with the fact that other people are sure to enjoy those shirts a great deal. Congratulations, other people!

08 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Summer Sale at Allmightys


T-shirt competition site Allmightys is having a summer sale until July 22nd. My favorite (Little Old Men) is pictured above, but there are a lot of cool shirts available.

Also, just a reminder- the current Allmightys competition, Big City Life, has its submission deadline on July 16th. As always, winners of the competition receive a share of the revenue from their shirt design.

07 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

ECA T-Shirt Design Contest Finalists

Well, the good news is that the ECA t-shirt design competition finalists have been announced. The bad news, of course, is that these are embarrassingly bad shirts. I only find one of the shirts to be even remotely wearable, and even this is only because it’s too boring to be visually offensive.

Kind of a tragic outcome, especially when there are so many cool video game shirts already in the marketplace. Since only three people are represented in the contest’s five finalists, I have to think the prize just wasn’t able to attract much talent. Better luck next time, I guess.

For those of you who think I’m being harsh, here is one of the finalists:

Yes, you read that right. “If the government has it’s way you won’t be able to play half the games on this website.” Except, it’s on a t-shirt. And so it makes no sense. Just… disappointing work in general.

Wow, looks like the winners were announced also. The winners are: the boring one and the only one to make less sense than the one I mentioned earlier. Fantastic!

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05 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Howie’s T-Shirt Design Contest


UK retailer Howie’s has begun a t-shirt design competition. There are no constraints on subject matter or style, just a request to use five colors or less.

If you think your design could be the next big thing at Howie’s, e-mail them a jpg of your work. If you win, you’ll get the first shirt printed and some products from Howie’s.