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.

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drewby327 drewby327 Artist

I’m definitely getting in on this!

atomichild atomichild Artist from United States

damn…head explodes

jalidd jalidd Artist

nice •_•

pvalenti pvalenti Human

i agree, i think people opinion can be swayed by the number of votes that a piece already has. keeping the number of votes secret till the end of the round would guarentee that each one will be judged independently.

eyesloveyou eyesloveyou Artist

If I don’t spend too much I could quit my job for one year xD
Let’s give it a try :P

artulo artulo Artist

wow, $10k?! awesome contest, DBH! good luck to everyone that subs something.

corey9 corey9 Artist from United States

holy schmokes! great stuff DBH!

bortwein bortwein Artist from Pennsylvania, United States

very nice.

willypiva willypiva Artist


Suggestions: keep the number of votes secret, specially during finals and semi-finals

K-19 K-19 Artist from Denmark

dcastle8183 that was my thoough too.

anyway. I can’t wait to see what people come up with, when they bring their wery best! this is gonna be awesome!

dcastle8183 dcastle8183 Artist
maroja maroja Artist

wow, nice cool!

Fouad Fouad Artist

wow!! great contest.

killer_meowmeow killer_meowmeow Artist from State of Calamity, Philippines

yeah!!!!!! nice!!!!

paulobbruno paulobbruno Artist from São Paulo, Brazil

\0/ ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

Bramish Bramish Artist from Austria

The winner to be announced on my birthday. That would be nice…

deyaz deyaz Artist from Indonesia

Hmmm…amazing contest.

ChrisOmlor ChrisOmlor Artist

i think we should watch casajordi on this, they used his shirt design for the advertisement… jeff finley are you getting in on this?

ez-kun ez-kun Artist from Romania

this should be like the holy place pilgrimage for the best artists, my guess is we’ll see some stunning stuff. wish i could kidnap some designer-masters too:))

Gozz Gozz Artist

Holy crap..
That’s insane! Goodluck, 10 thousand sounds so good right now.

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