Design By Humans & Wacom® Presents, See What You Can Do!In a Design By Humans Timed Tournament

See What You Can Do!When two companies with the same passion for design get together, only one thing can happen...Greatness. Design By Humans and Wacom challenge you to create a t-shirt design, in a Head to Head Tournament style bracket where 3 winners will be selected, and one grand prize winner will be crowned.

Qualification Round

Anyone who chooses to participate will get one shot to make it to the head to head tournament. Design By Humans will randomly select a topic, then contestants will have 60 minutes to create their design and upload artwork, thumbnail, and placement images. Anyone can participate, but only 32 will advance. Design By Humans will select the top 32 based on votes, comments, community response, printability, trends and marketability.

Head to Head Tournament

Head to Head Preview Contestants who are selected for the Head to Head Tournament, will be paired against one another and given the same topic. Design By Humans will randomly select a topic, and contestants will have 60 minutes to create their artwork, thumbnail, and placement images. Community members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite interpretation of the topic in a head to head vote off.

The Head to Head Tournament will require new artwork for each round you progress. Therefore, please be aware that you must give 60 minutes of your time each week, as long as you stay in the tournament. Failure to comply will result in an automatic disqualification.

How The Contest Works

Once you click "Start" contestants will get 60 minutes to complete a design and upload a thumbnail, artwork, and placement images in the same format as the daily contest. The artwork should represent the category that you've been given and you will be judged on how well you've executed it.

  1. Anyone can submit a design for the qualification round
  2. Contestants will have 60 minutes to submit their t-shirt designs
  3. The 60 minute countdown begins once you click "Start"; after clicking start your topic will be given to you
  4. The top 32 designs will be selected by Design By Humans to advance to the Head to Head Tournament
  5. In the Head to Head Tournament, you will have 60 minutes to complete your design
  6. If you make it to the Head to Head Tournament, you must complete your entry within 4 days of the new round starting.
  7. The community will vote on the Head to Head Tournament entries to determine out of the 2 entries, who has executed the design challenge the best
  8. Winner will move into the next round
  9. Winning designers will get a new category and opponent each week they progress
  10. The top three winners will receive Wacom tablets, cash, and their t-shirts printed


Entries will be judged on the quality and execution of the topic that contestants have been given along with votes, comments, community response, printability, trends and marketability.


Contestants will have 60 minutes to complete their T-Shirt design. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification. Disqualification may also occur if a contestant progresses to the next tournament round and does not supply a new design entry within the allotted 96 hour timeline.

Contestant may also be disqualified for submitting artwork that contains copyrighted images or rip-offs of other artists.

Work In Progress Video Challenge

While working on your entry, we invite you to take the Work In Progress Video Challenge. We ask that you record a video using your Wacom tablet while creating your entry. Please post all videos to our Facebook wall, and the top video will receive $100 from Design By Humans.

Contest Guidelines

  • All submissions are reviewed by DBH before posting to for fans to vote on. DBH does not allow profanity, pornographic, or racist imagery or verbiage. Additionally, anything Wacom doesn't like will be rejected.
  • Design By Humans will select the top 32 finalists, and the community will select the winners of the tournament each week.
  • The final top 3 winning designs will be turned into tee shirts and sold by Design By Humans.

View Tournament Brackets


  1. 1st Place
    $1500 + Intuos5 medium wireless
  2. 2nd Place
    $1250 + Bamboo Create Tablet
  3. 3rd Place
    $1000 + Bamboo Splash Tablet

  4. Work In Progress Video Winner
    $100 + 2 DBH Tees

Contest Deadlines

  • August 10, 2012
    Qualification Round begins
  • August 24, 2012
    Round 1 begins with top 32 submissions
  • August 31, 2012
    Round 2 begins with the top 16 finalists
  • September 7, 2012
    Round 3 begins with the top 8 finalists
  • September 14, 2012
    Round 4 begins with the top 4 finalists
  • October 8, 2012
    Top 3 Winners are announced
See What You Can Do!
See what you can do.

Round 1

  1. Round 2

  2. Round 3

  3. Round 4

  4. 3rd & 2nd Place

    • 1st Place


MissNovocaineJ MissNovocaineJ Human from CaLi, United States

All i’ve ever used to create my designs are paints, brushes, spray cans, tips and canvases.
=( hardly any photoshop experience.
Best of Luck DBH contestants! I’m lookign forward to seeing the creations.

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

@iamrobman & @vinbasshred As long as it is mocked up on a shirt and is printable using screen printing techniques we will accept it.

@davidxia – Are you logged into an account? Also if you log in and it still gives you the 403 please email me with the browser you are using and i’ll get our tech wizards on it straight away.

davidxia davidxia Artist from Ontario, Canada

So how do I enter exactly? When click “Enter Contest” all I get is “403 – Access Denied”

vinbasshred vinbasshred Artist from Texas, United States

@iamrobman I was wondering the same thing, and if one can use mouse-compositing as well… it seems that it doesn’t matter how you do it, since nothing was specified about medium…that I saw…

iamrobman iamrobman Artist from Batangas CIty, Philippines

Since it was a Wacom tablet sponsored contest,I’m just wondering If I can get into a a pencil sketch,pen inking and scan technique?

neocmjc neocmjc Artist from Colombia

Game on!

Nikoby Nikoby Artist from FL, United States

It also works on Chrome

RicoMambo RicoMambo Artist from Croatia

try with internet explorer

LaterDays LaterDays Artist from United States

did anyone else get an access denied error? :(

alnavasord alnavasord Artist from Colombia

so hard to make a good design in an hour.. i did my best effort…
nice and fun contest :D..

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

Oh damn! This is going to be fun!

radiomode radiomode Artist from Antarctica

this is so exciting

ronna15 ronna15 Artist from United States

Thank melanies!

Alright, I’m excited, but I gotta really prepare myself for this one. I’m not even sure I can design something in an hour. But I think I’ll do a few test run for myself. I’ll ask someone to give me a random topic, then I’ll try to design something out of it in an hour. Those who are unsure should try this out too.

This is an awesome, challenging competition that can really test your skill. Good luck to all! :D

shesmatilda shesmatilda Artist from Singapore

IN 1 HOUR ????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! ONLY THE DRAWERS FROM ANIME AND NARUTO AND BLEACH CAN GUARANTEE DO THIS!!! ......................................................................
very tough competition dbh hahahahah =) ..............

shesmatilda shesmatilda Artist from Singapore

very tough to compete here =)

melanies_felony melanies_felony Artist from Melbourne, Australia

Ronna 15, I assume what they mean is you have four days to press enter and start the 60 minute clock. So you still only have 60 minutes, you just have a four day period where you can choose when you can commit to the 60 minutes. I think it’s a good idea since just going through this thread I can see people in Croatia, The Philippines, The U.S and Australia so there isn’t really going to be a universally acceptable time that everybody has to be available for. I submitted yesterday and it was a super intense but fun hour :D

RicoMambo RicoMambo Artist from Croatia

till you think you can vote for mine, lol

iamrobman iamrobman Artist from Batangas CIty, Philippines

hahaah Im too scared to clock the start button…I just thought I can;‘t make a good design for an hour :p
Let me think…

RicoMambo RicoMambo Artist from Croatia

there is no point if we could enter more then one design?

timschmidtux timschmidtux Artist from United States

Can we enter this more than once? Anyone know?

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