DBH 10K 2010 Top 8 Revealed

So it turns out, I’m pretty damn good at spotting a good T-Shirt when I see one! I say this only because 4 out of the top 5 five T-Shirts that I selected as my favorites from the Design By Humans 10K Top 25 finalist were selected in the recently revealed top 8. Of the 5 I selected as my favorite contenders, only Into The Light by Muttley failed to make it into the Top 8.

The next step is, well, I’ve got to choose my top 3 and eventual winner. I’m going to stick with my core favorites for the top 3 and that would be: Never As It Seems by Zerobriant, The Siren Song by Christian San Jose and Archan Nair, and Unleashed Imagination by Buko.

The Siren Song seems to be the obvious choice as being selected as the winner of the 10K contest. The design team duo that created Siren Song include last years 10K winner, Christian San Jose. They’ve even got an entire site dedicated to spreading the word about The Siren Song. The thing is, it’s not something that I would wear, so it’s not the design that I am going to choose as the winner. Having said that, Siren Song is in the early lead with 89 votes.

Buko’s Unleashed Imagintion is an amazing piece, in my opinion. However, it seems to be trailing in terms of votes (you can see the vote count for the first two days). I think Unleashed Imagination is a long shot at winning, unless of course, Buko find’s a crazy way to collect mad votes.

My choice to win and my personal favorite from the bunch has got to be Zerobriant’s Never As It Seems. I think it’s an amazing concept and it IS something that I would wear. The haunting blue hues and mysterious imagery make Never As It Seems my choice as the winner of the 10K contest. The thing is, Never As It Seems is trailing Siren Song in the early going.

So those are my top 3 and my predicted winner, which is your favorite to win?


And this is my top 3:

Never As It Seems by Zerobriant (my pick to win)

Never As It Seems by zerobriant

The Siren Song by sirensong (the early leader and defending 10K winner)

The Siren Song by sirensong

Unleashed Imagination by buko (the underdog)

Unleashed Imagination by buko


  1. says

    i hope wet paint prank wins because i designed it

    i love most of them including several that didn’t make it

    if i wasn’t in it and i had to pick a favorite it would be ‘we did this to ourselves’ by yonil

  2. says

    Yes Man!! :D Nice choice!! the best review ever!!!.. i will have to give you a free shirt, and maybe wear it for reviews as well:)
    Thanks again man!! you are the best!!! :DD

  3. says

    Hey A.J., I actually really dig your design but for some reason it seems a bit more Threadless than DBH to me. But again, that’s just me and sometimes my T-Shirt tastes can be weird! Nonetheless, Wet Paint PRank is pretty awesome and pretty clever! Good luck :)

    Zerobriant, it’s time to hustle man, get as many votes as you can in any way you can! Tell your friends to make cold calls to their friends votes and tell your family to do the same! Shoot out emails to anyone and everyone. Do whatever it takes!

  4. budi says

    From illustration view, I think Buko or Alvarejo shall win. In terms of wearable-ness, Yonil shall win (any of the two submissions)

  5. says

    fair enough Coty your entitled to you opinion and don’t have to justify your personal taste to me, i was simply adding my own

    interesting point you make about it being more threadless – i think it’s more DBH as they specialize in more graphically minded pieces with large overall prints.

    back when DBH was young it had a very graphic nature and i always think of artists like ckoelle and dhectwenty as the style the brand was built on

    I also think people sell DBH short on it’s ability to be associated with concept based work, after all style is fleeting and concept is forever

    my opinion may be in the minority when it comes to the current crop of people who populate the site but my design has come a long way and had a lot of community support which in truth has surprised and impressed me.

    most of all it will be interesting to see what image and direction DBH want to project going forward and i think their overall choice will reflect that more than anything else

  6. says

    Excellent points A.J. But don’t get me wrong, I really like your design and conceptually, I think it’s an excellent idea. I said that it reminds me of Threadless if only because of its fun and comedic nature. In any case, I do wish you luck in the contest. You’ve reached the Top 8, that’s quite an accomplishment in itself!

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