Design By Humans $10,000 T-shirt contest

THE DBH 10K Contest

One year ago launched into the t-shirt design world with our inaugural $5,000 kickoff contest. Out of hundreds of entries one winner snatched the Grand Prize of $5,000.

We owe a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported DBH over the last year and to show our gratitude we are kicking off year 2 with The DBH 10K! - a winner take all contest where one artist will win $10,000 cash!

Grand Prize:

One winner of The DBH 10K will receive $10,000 cash and will have their winning design printed in 3 color options on the coveted DBH Fabric Edition custom tee and sold at


DBH is currently accepting design submissions through August 29, 2008 at midnight PDT. Design submissions must be entered through our online submission form and must conform to the general design submission terms to qualify for entry. Late submissions will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Design Guidelines:

In addition to our general rules and guidelines, Designs are also subject to the following:

  • The design(s) must be an original work created and owned by the entrant.
  • Designs can use both the front and back of the T-shirt and may contain oversizing and mixed-media elements.
  • Designs are limited to 14 colors and may be oversized. Let your creativity run free.
  • If your design is selected you will be required to submit the winning design in high- resolution (at least 300 dpi at actual size or vector based) and in three color combinations for production.

Selection Process:

The DBH staff will announce the top 10 semifinalists on September 8, 2008 at Semifinalists will be chosen based on a variety of factors including originality, creativity, ingenuity, votes*, and the artist's efforts to promote their design.

Top 10 Semifinalists
Sept 8th - Sept 14th (Midnight, PDT)

Once the top 10 semifinalists have been announced on September 8th, all of the votes received by these 10 designs up to that point will be reset to zero. The 10 semifinalists will then compete against one another for an additional week to see which 5 designs will continue on to the final week of voting. The 5 finalists will be chosen solely on vote count.

Top 5 Finalists
Sept 15th - Sept 21st (Midnight, PDT)

The top 5 finalists will again have all of their votes reset to zero and will then go head-to-head for one final week of voting.

Winner Announced on Sept 22nd

The design with the most votes at the end of the Top 5 Finals week will be declared the winner and will be awarded $10,000 cash! The winning design will be produced in 3 color options (on 3 different shirt colors) and sold in the DBH store the following week.

*Suspected fraudulent votes will be immediately deleted, including votes placed with sequential human ID's or bogus accounts. DBH will use its sole discretion to remove votes.

Submit Design


taddict taddict Human

very nice!
i’ll feature some of my pics

shippidy do wop!
this biddity do shop!
yeah this is insane!

WOW!!! I havent had a submission yet that’s won and ive only submitted a couple but this is one contest i’ll be working on for a little while. This is a huge opportunity. Thanks to design by humans for setting this one!

mrk686 mrk686 Human


n3twork n3twork Artist from Santa Catarina, Brazil

OOoOO MY GODDD oehsoueasea
10K???? it´s a lot money!!!

yonil yonil Artist from Israel

nice :)

Where are my favorite artists and why haven’t they designed anything yet???? Don’t let me down Chris and Annie! Everyone else is awesome as well, I just want it to be a fair battle against greatness…

foomf foomf Human

If this isn’t an incentive to enter, then nothing is!

So if anyone is interested in doing a collab, let me know. I have a few ideas, all I need is a drawing partner….

aman aman Artist

Oh my :P enterenterenter :D

muttley muttley Artist from Philippines

wooohooo! 10K!

laili_ laili_ Artist


Culture Culture Artist



theycallmeteddy theycallmeteddy Artist from Indonesia


cmarts cmarts Artist from Indonesia

OMG..10k??? sick contest.

ceccepp ceccepp Artist

10K for the winners?! omg,,how about the finalists? get nothing?

Skulldaggery Skulldaggery Artist from New York, United States

wow I can easily say i’m intimidated by the large prize.

babycakes babycakes Human

can the finalists get printed in the regular contest as well?

ah, lol now it makes sense. Didn’t mean to come off as harsh on you

Vo1ture Vo1ture Artist from Indiana, United States

“Yeah, but that has nothing to do with votes does it? It wouldn’t matter if the admins were walking trees with alligator heads that wouldn’t effect votes, I don’t see your point.”

I misread, I thought they ment the people choosing the designs to win can be swayed by how many votes a design has, sorry

ronna15 ronna15 Artist from United States

holy SHIT!!!!!this is awesome!wow, dbh ROCKS like hell!!!cant wait to see the submission..mines hopefully gonna be flawless..the 3 rounds of voting not to metion 10K is sick!!!!and i do agree the votes should be secret in the semi and finals…i was at the school library when i saw this news,so i really couldnt just scream of how awesome this is!!!expect to see awesome designs..this contests beats “the invisible line” and “FSTK” by a landslide.. GOOD LUCK to everybody!

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