8 Bit Design Contest presented by Design By Humans

L.A. Gear, Vicki the robot, walkmans, shoulder pads, and radical 8 bit video games on the Sony color TV! Remember those pixilated invaders who taunted you from behind your Gameboy screen all night? SIKE! 8-bit started a generation of games and screens which now pretty much run the world. Inspired by the advanced designs of Atari, Nintendo, and green screens everywhere. This contest is a tribute to the old school digital world. The world that started a revolution of information, and screens everywhere, is ready for its legendary contest. How would you depict an 8 bit world?

Oversized and Old School

Now is your chance to take it back old school to 8-bit of color and oversized pixels and design a t-shirt that embraces the technique of 8-bit.


The contest begins today Friday June 1, and submissions end June 22 at 11:59pm. Top three winners will be announced the week of July 9.


  1. 1st Place
  2. 2nd Place
  3. 3rd Place
    $850 + a DBH goodiebag

What is 8 bit?

In the digital world there is color, bit and pixel depths. When computers and games first started, they needed a low file size to process the information quickly. 8-bit channels introduced 256 bits of color back in 1987. As technology has past we are up to 32-bit and super high-resolution screens. But our roots still are the same with square by square representation.

8 bit t shirts are a growing trend, always have been and always will be. Pixel art is the way of the digital world and now the t shirt world. From the days of Atari, to Nintendo, to Sega and computer gaming, the goal of higher resolution to augmented reality develops within the digital world. 8 bit and pixel art is a revolution of new world design. 8 bit t shirt design is the celebration of the evolution of digital design. So submit designs, vote for your favorites and buy an 8 bit t shirt designs. Winners will be announced beginning July 9th.

Contest Guidelines

  1. Participants can submit as many designs as they want, no limit.
  2. This design must be 100% your own work, please do not submit art that is produced by someone else.
  3. DO NOT use images directly taken from a third party/ use protected symbols/logos or characters that may have copyright protection.
  4. DO get creative; but remember your design MUST contain pixel art.
  5. All submissions will be approved/rejected at DBH’s discretion. If your design is rejected you will be given a reason why.
  6. Maximum use of colors for oversized prints is eight and three for all over prints.


joanakane joanakane Human from United States
jasonwright jasonwright Human from Florida, United States

I wish I could have been a part of this one! Awesome!

James30 James30 Human from United Kingdom

Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It’s going to always be stimulating to read content from other writers and apply somewhat something from their store. I’d choose to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

Alberte30 Alberte30 Human from Ukraine

This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me. Appreciate it!

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

@godlygorgeous Just sub them into the daily contest.

godlygorgeous godlygorgeous Human from Canada

Holy flying tiger bomb….I found out about this contest on the 23rd…..when I have an entire library of pixxy bitty artwork….its all I do….ouch.

bladerunner bladerunner Artist from Qld, Australia

I might be able to fit my design by deadline time!

Sushilove Sushilove Artist from Spain

I have an 8-bit design on the works… what a nice coincidence!

bladerunner bladerunner Artist from Qld, Australia

I might be too late to apply with my own set of things on my mind! But I wish everyone good luck on it!

graphicanjelo graphicanjelo Human from Maharashtra, India

Can anybody tell me the size of the final artwork?

japdraft japdraft Artist from Philippines

Exciting. :)

maxlovegods maxlovegods Artist from Italy

I hope that my t-shirt will be in contest :)

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

There are some sweet designs up! I’m kinda bummed cus I don’t think mine will make it! wah

sabilamalik sabilamalik Human from Pakistan

thank you

frenchhowls_CLS frenchhowls_CLS Human from Québec, Canada

This contest is brilliant! I love pixel art.

designant designant Human from Mexico

Can I join this contest? Im from México.

deepmercury deepmercury Artist from

interesting…I think i will join this contest! :)

homunculus homunculus Artist from indonesia, Indonesia

i wanna try it ><

TenTimesKarma TenTimesKarma Artist from Philippines

Let’s do this!~ And Yo! Thestray! Stop being humble! Your pixskullz is freaking EPIC!

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

I got one in the works! It’s taking me a while but i’ll get it eventually!

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