Design By Hümans Presents, Bright Futures Neon Art Contest


When British chemists Sir William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers discovered neon in 1898 I bet they didn't think they would be the ignition that started a whole fashion movement 90 years later. Psych! The eighties were rife with neon pink, green, yellow and blue and it was radical. As with all cool styles they roll around again years later. The neon chic of the MTV era is back! Bright bold colors are back in fashion and we at Design By Humans want to get our funky 80's vibe on.

We challenge YOU to design a T-shirt based around NEON colors. You must use only the pantone colors listed below and you must make it righteous! Dazzle us with a brilliance of color and reference all that was epic about the 80's as inspiration. The theme and imagery is all up to you but neon colors must be included. Any designs containing different colors will not be accepted. Submissions will be judged on your creative use of neon colors, cool trend setting imagery and overall reaction to this design brief. Put on your Wayfarer sunglasses, crank up the beats and drop some bodypoppin' moves because this is gonna get funky! Go forth artists and express yourselves with the neon design that will light up the dancefloors across the globe. We'd wish you good luck but you won't need it.

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. Proof of original source material may be required to be eligible to win prizes.
  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 the specified Pantone colors in your entry.
  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 standard and oversized prints is eight and three for all over prints.
  7. You can ONLY use these pantone colors in your entry – 801C, 802C, 803C, 804C, 807C, 808C, 809C, 810C, 811C, 812C, 813C, 814C and Black

You can ONLY use these colors in your entry!

Pantone Colors – 801C, 802C, 803C, 804C, 807C, 808C, 809C, 810C, 811C, 812C, 813C, 814C and Black

Contest Deadlines

  • January 25, 2013
    Contest & Voting begins
  • February 15, 2013
    Submissions End
  • March 6-8, 2013
    Winners are announced


  1. 1st Place
  2. 2nd Place
  3. 3rd Place
    $750 + Goodie bag


asher2789 asher2789 Artist from United States

@CarolinaInBerlin it doesnt matter as long as its close enough to the colors they are going to use. ultimately they print black images of each layer of color, to shoot the silk screens with, and then use the pantone color paints specified to print the image.

but to answer you directly, its pantone solid coated. a number with a C after means coated, a U means solid uncoated, all of the other types are used less often.

pantone process coated/uncoated is CMYK – not sure what the color bridge is. coated/uncoated is the different finish of the ink. coated has a slight sheen, uncoated is flat.

check the pantone site if you have more questions.

alchemist alchemist Artist from Manila, Philippines

so good! :)

ShifuYaku ShifuYaku Human from Missouri, United States

What color book of pantone are these colors in?

priyanshu priyanshu Artist from MUMBAI, India

@ wotto…..i want to know the last day for voting is 15th march or we can vote d artwork till 6th.

apra88 apra88 Artist from Utah, United States

Just wanted to make sure … the maximum number of colors that can be used in both standard and oversized designs is 8 … this is right?

ADAMLAWLESS ADAMLAWLESS Artist from Johor Bahru, Malaysia

...................................AWESOME COMPETITIONHAIL DBH...........................................!!!

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

Yes white is prohibited, if it’s not in the pantone line up above it cannot be in there.

yurilobo yurilobo Artist from Minas Gerais, Brazil

@DAndrea Is white prohibited?

I wanna know that too. Is it ?

asher2789 asher2789 Artist from United States

this is so exciting!!! cant wait to put something up! can the design go on any color tee or is it specifically for black tees?

DAndrea DAndrea Human from Paraná, Brazil

Is white prohibited?

LegacyInkz LegacyInkz Artist from New Jersey, United States

ok ok ok im dwn

Domo13 Domo13 Human from United States

Hell yeah! XD

umaywant umaywant Artist from California, United States

Fun colors!

micropie micropie Artist from Netherlands

Great contest!

SkyEmpire SkyEmpire Artist from Philippines

me too! brightness…

SkyEmpire SkyEmpire Artist from Philippines

me too! brightness…

ghozai ghozai Artist from malang, Indonesia

yosh!! I’m in!!

dandingeroz dandingeroz Artist from Philippines


iamrobman iamrobman Artist from Batangas CIty, Philippines

Im in

Ingkong Ingkong Artist from Philippines

Yay! let’s go…

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