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


johnc30 johnc30 Human from tamilnnadu, India

the collections are really great i like it

aampu30 aampu30 Human from India

@jonijontor This is nice and great also man. xender

joanakane joanakane Human from United States
jonijontor jonijontor Artist

show me the money! :)

jabrixx jabrixx Artist


alexacme1 alexacme1 Human

oh sí, más más!!!

monkkidz monkkidz Human


MrRocks MrRocks Artist from New South Wales, Australia


Thanks DBH...loving to be part of this… live and kicking contest!!

SantoMuerto SantoMuerto Artist

Posted a fresh piece. Have a look.

TrickinSid TrickinSid Artist

I agree with Andreas….I’m thinking I could have the most amazing design ever, but would it ever be selected based on the process now? I’m starting to think no. Oh well…thoze iz the rules…adapt. It’s a cool concept, but I wish the selection process/rules were different. Not exactly sure what the best way would be…? It’s all good though…...Just my 2 cents.

tahar tahar Artist

hello ! how do we know if selected or not ? thanks

OrBoar OrBoar Human

great submissions so far! really good!

Mohacsy Mohacsy Artist from Victoria, Australia

i’m keen to submit to this, but i’m not really that keen on the process at all. To be honest, it kinda feels like a lot of designs are getting huge votes on a “who you know” not “what you know basis”. Friends from various forums creating help me and i’ll help you groups. It’s great their is so much love, but does this process encourage amazing art or business savy… anyways, happy birthday DBH, have another great year, and good luck to everyone who really challenges themselves and enters:)

casajordi casajordi Artist from France

Only 14 colors ?? really ?

bortwein bortwein Artist from Texas, United States

time is almost up, I better get on the ball and submit something. Something Great!


yeh!! rok n` rol out- my design are coming..

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, don’t let this be something lame and stupid… I love you guys but i’ve seen some things that make me go, huh? Maybe a substitute was in on that day and picked the winner.

I took art in high school, and have an old sketchbook of stuff that is better than some of the shirts, few, but some.

Please make this an amazing shirt and I will rock it out every oppurtunity I have.

ckoelle ckoelle Artist

Guitarguru88… don’t worry, we won’t let you down. We’ve got something in the works.

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