B Positive by lunchboxbrain

This tee by lunchboxbrain is all about one thing – dishing out positive vibes! This grass colored Design By Humans tee is the perfect shirt to get anyone lacking in the happy department. And because Mr. lunchboxbrain is such an awesome guy, he donated his DBH winnings to  two charities in Upstate NY – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. and Gilda’s Club Capital Region New York. B Positive is available now from Design By Humans for $20.

B Positive by lunchboxbrain

Design A Tee for Kings of Leon

Design By Humans has been working with some incredible bands as of late. First it was Fleetwood Mac and now they’ve hooked up with the Grammy award winning group, Kings of Leon. Submit a design to the Kings of Leon Special T-Shirt Design Contest and you might win the following:

1st Place
$1,500 cash
2 Autographed Lithographs
2 KOL Concert Tickets

2nd Place
$750 cash and $250 DBH Store Credit

3rd Place
$500 cash and $150 DBH Store Credit

Design By Humans Gets A Facelift

Design By Humans has undergone a facelift, and I think it’s for the better! I really dig the changes that they have made to the DBH site. Everything looks so much cleaner and less cluttered. The changes affects not only the t-shirt buying consumer, but also the dedicated DBH voters and, maybe most importantly, the design submitting artists. They have also added a new forum to their site, it’s a bit bare at the moment, but I am sure it will pick up steam once more people figure out it’s there! 

As a consumer, it’s important for me to know how the actual product looks – and the new DBH does a great job with this. They now offer multiple angles from which you can view their t-shirt designs in the individual product pages. The submission process has also changed, so if you regular submit to DBH be sure to check out the submission format changes, you can view them here. 

The only thing that I find a bit weird, is that on the product thumbnail page (see below for example, or go the men’s product page here), they use the same guys repeatedly. Granted, the model changes by row, but still, it’s kind weird seeing the same dude over and over again. It’s kinda creepy in the cloning sense. Other than that minor detail, I dig the changes they have made over at Design By Humans!

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“DBH is about the artists, their fans, and t-shirt lovers. So, to improve the experience for all of you, we have launched this new site with many improvements.

For shirt lovers, we have changed the way our shirts are displayed, giving you a much better view of our shirts. Our new product page shows you the shirt from several angles, and you can open a larger version of any of our product photographs. And while you are shopping, adding an item to your cart no longer takes you away from your browsing.

For our artists, we have a new submission process with a new format for your submitted art. This, along with our new visual design, will allow us to do a much better job of showcasing the quality art that you submit. We also have a new design guide to help you format your art for our new site.

As for the fans of the artist, we have a redesigned vote section. It gives you a better view of submitted art while you are browsing and, if you click a design, a large image of the art and its intended placement on the shirt. You can also see all designs that you have voted for and keep track of which of those become printed.

Also, for all of you, we have a new forum, so that you can interact with us and each other more directly.

And we are not yet done. Stay tuned.” -Lanaer of DBH

After Christmas T-Shirt Sales

Some great deals can be had for those of you into the After Christmas Shopping craze. The biggest deals here include 50% off all merchandise at Pyknic Clothing (sale ends January 1) and $10 tees at Design by Humans (sale ends January 4)! Also, Karmaloop is having a 60% off sale, but you better hurry it ends tomorrow (December 26)!

Some other random sales (this list is being updated has the sales roll along so check back often):

41% off at Heroin Clothing with code HAPPYNEWYEAR

50% off everything at Rockett Clothing on December 31st and January 1st.

$5 or more off per tee at {miles to go} clothing until January 2

25% off all new tees at Alright OK until the new year

All tee $13.95 at Glennz Tees

Free Shipping at Ten Bills (no minimum) with code FLURRY

$12 tee sale at Heartcore Clothing

15% off at Prestigious Clothing with code holidaysale

20% off at Validus Apparel with code newyears

Reduced prices and bundle special at Crazy Go Lucky

10% off at Shifted Image with code 2009

11% off at Zombie Liquorice with code COTYGONZ and select bundles at lowered prices

50% off at Sentimental Clothing with code Christmas08

$25 off $50 or more at GoMedia

$5-$10 Shirts and $15 hoodies at Labyrinth Clothing

15% off at ByeLine Clothing with code XMAS15

25% off at Loyal To Your Soil with code xmas25

$20 T-Shirt Bundle at This Noise Apparel

15% off at Ceerius Apparel with code CHRISTMAS24

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The Emptees Top 12 of 2008

Every day Emptees selects a Tee of the Day based on “loves” received by members of the site. From this selection of tees they then go on to select a Tee of the Month. Here are the 12 Tee of the Months for 2008 as seen on Emptees.

If the tee is available for purchase then I’ve added the buy link (just click the image), if not, it’ll bring you directly to the appropriate Emptees page!

The only question left to ask is – who will Tee of the Year? It’s a close race between When Panda’s Attack and Colorblind! Now Ooogle on and enjoy with tea and a nice tee!

December 2008: Sarcaphagross by discordantart

November 2008: Rilla Gorilla – Octopus by discordantart

October 2008: Salt The Wound: Smell The Roses by BrandonHeart

September 2008: Kanye West by Killer Napkins

August 2008: When Panda’s Attack by Jimiyo vs. Collision Theory

July 2008: Eternally, Always, Forever The Sickest Kids by Incarnadine

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PleaseDressMe TV Launched

Last September I reviewed the then new site, PleaseDressMe so I was automatically interested when I found out on Twitter that the first episode of their new online show was was available. I just wrapped up watching the first episode of PleaseDressMe TV, the show hosted by the Vaynerchuk Brothers, Gary and AJ. I have to say that I did enjoy the first episode, aptly titled as a “beta” by Gary. The show reminded me a lot of the formula used for Wine Library TV. It was shot Gary’s office, which is a familiar setting if you watch the other video’s that Gary posts on his personal site. 

Much like WLTV, PleaseDressMe TV discuses and rates a bunch t-shirts on a 100-point scale. They rated a total of 7 shirts, each coming from a different vendor/brand (i.e. Threadless, Design by Humans). They rate these items based on different factors that are very subjective like design, feel, comfort and color. So it’s interesting to see how they will rate simple t-shirts vs. more complex t-shirts in the future (just because it has 12 colors doesn’t mean it deserves a score of 90+). 

I liked how Gary intertwined some of his business sense into the show, especially when they started talking about personal branding during the Kid Robot segment. The only issue I had with the Kid Robot segment is when they scored the shirt low because of pricing (the shirt cost $50). I think that the review should be based more so on design rather then pricing, just my opinion. 

They did give one bad review on the show, with Gary calling the Collar Free tee Freedom by Rachel Cobb “ugly.” This was interesting to watch, since praise is so commonplace in the t-shirt culture. I’ll be looking forward to more harsh reviews – it’s entertaining. 

Gary and AJ also give away free tee’s on the show, in varying sizes, so that’s great. Also, they have live interaction via Ustream which is awesome in terms of user interactivity and feedback. 

All in all I enjoyed the show. I’ll be watching future interviews and it may have inspired me to do a couple more video posts of my own in the future! Click on to watch the show:

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TeeFury and Design By Humans Partner Up

Th popular T-shirt contest site Design By Humans announced today that they have entered into an exclusive partnership with TeeFury, a site that produces a limited print T-shirt that is only sold for one day. According to a post at TeeFury, this will allow TeeFury to take advantage of Design By Humans resources “from production to order fulfillment and shipping.”

To celebrate the new partnership, Design By Humans is holding a sale at their online store. Prices have been slashed to $15 to $19.

Here is the official announcement posted at Design By Humans: 

This just in!

DBH Announces Weekend SALE in Celebration of DBH/TeeFury.com Partnership!

DesignByHumans is excited to announce that it has just entered into an exclusive partnership with its friends over at TeeFury.com! For those of you who have not yet experienced “The Fury”, you’ll want to continue reading below!

TeeFury.com is a new t-shirt site that entered the online t-shirt arena less than 3 months ago and has been turning heads ever since. At TeeFury.com, one new limited-edition tee is made available every 24 hours for only $9. After the 24 hours is up, that shirt is gone forever. Also, artists keep full rights to their design and are paid $1 for every tee sold during the 24 hour period. Great for the artist and great for the t-shirt lover!

So why a DBH/TeeFury partnership? Well, lots of reasons……….

– First, there is a ton of quality art out there that is not getting printed.

– Second, DBH feels that the “one shirt a day limited-edition concept” is novel.

– Third, as new artists emerge they may feel more comfortable “renting” their art to TeeFury for 24 hours as a testing ground for a potentially “bigger” payday on another site such as DBH.

– Fourth, DBH likes the idea of a lower priced everyday tee to compliment their current product offering!

In the end, if you are an artist, you will have the quality of DBH handling your work and the opportunity to participate on both sites. If you are a t-shirt addict, then you now have double the temptation!

Now let’s welcome TeeFury to the party!

Interview with DBH Winner AJ Dimarucot

Fresh off his big $10,000 Design By Humans win, AJ Dimarucot (aka CollisionTheory) sat down to talk with me about his winning design Black Hole Sun, the stress of competition and the power of networking and family. 

Coty: Congratulations on winning the Design By Humans $10,000 contest! You must be really excited. DBH stretched out announcing the winner for an entire week. Did that stress you out? How did you find out that you won and how did you respond?

AJ: I was stressed out during the whole competition from the Final 10 to the announcement of the winner! I found out I won through my Mom and Dad who called me up 4:30am Saturday my time. It was cool and sort of expected, only because the daily votes indicated that I was on the top spot for the whole finals week. My first response was to check out the site on my crappy cellphone.

Coty: What was your inspiration for Black Hole Sun? What did you try and accomplish with this design?

AJ: I’ve recently been inspired by space/galaxy imagery and I’ve always wanted to do a design based on the solar eclipse. I like simple designs that overpower the shirt, also thought it was cool to use negative space – the shirt color being the “hole”, indicating the moon blocking the sun. DBH mentioned they can print anything with up to 14 colors so I really pushed the original design without thinking about color restrictions. I really think that the colors made the design.

Coty: DBH changed the colorways for the printed version of the shirt. How do you feel about this? Do you prefer your original colors over the DBH assigned colors?

AJ: I was really hoping they printed the original colors because it really made the design come alive on the shirt. In fact, I was expecting to see that when I checked my phone after I found out I won. When I saw the yellow and red on black I just thought my phone was acting up and the colors were off. I only realized it was the colorway they chose when I finally checked the site on my laptop.

They did print the correct colors on the white and grey tees though which was cool. Just thought the design itself got printed bigger, either that or the model was wearing an extra small shirt. To be honest, I was a bit sad at first but I guess DBH has their technical reasons and can do whatever they want with the design since it’s now theirs. I just hope people who voted for the original colorway still buy the shirt.

Coty: To win you had to get a ton of votes. Jimiyo went all out with promoting his top 5 tee. Did you do anything special or extra to publicize Black Hole Sun?

AJ: Funny you mentioned Jimiyo because every time he came out with something to promote his design, I tried to come with something on my own because it pressured me to get more votes!!!

Here’s some of the things that probably helped me win:

a) I gave away a couple of vectors at vecteezy.com after I saw Jimiyo give away animal vectors on gomediazine.com. I asked for votes in return.

b) Also placed some banner ads on targeted websites during the semi-finals week. I figured I could spend up to $1,000 to win the $10,000. I ended up spending around $300 worth of banner ads.

c) My parents became my best campaign managers after they email blasted the plea for votes to everyone they knew. They have a huge network and it just created a ripple effect.

d) I emailed a local newspaper about being a finalist and they featured me,my t-shirt designs, and my plea for votes.

e) I was an invited speaker at a local design conference called Graphika Manila, which included Tokidoki, Pixar, and other Filipino artists. So I ended up pimping my design to around 1,000 people.

Coty: Finally, I think most people are interested to know how you’re going to spend/use the cash prize?

AJ: Well I’m a family man so this goes partly to investing for the future. But before that, I’m bringing the family to Hong Kong for some R&R, maybe upgrade my laptop (Mac?). Also planning to give some money to our supportive parents. Lastly, I’m putting up a baby clothing business with my wife – we want to do onesies. So I guess I’m also going to be the designer for that. Do watch out for it. =)

Black Hole Sun is now available in the Design By Humans online store in three different shirt colorways. AJ, a Manila native, who calligraphy and bold patterns. He enjoys freelance and collaborative work. You can find out more about him and his work at his site, Collision Theory.

CollisionTheory Wins Design By Humans Contest!

Congratulations to CollisionTheory for winning the huge $10,000 Design By Humans T-shirt design contest! CollisionTheory’s Black Hole Sun edged out BRCollective’s Altitude Sickness tee to win the coveted prize. 

“Inspired by solar eclipses and my continuous fascination with all things cosmic. Credit goes to Chris Cornell for the shirt title. =) This will go well with my Electric Sky shirt. Hope you like it.” – CollisionTheory

CollisionTheory did leave a post on the Emptees boards after someone posted a congratulatory thread. Here’s what he said:

 

“Wow! This is the best thing to wake up to. It’s a little disappointing that they didn’t print the original colorway I designed though.

Anyway, I’m honored to have competed against the best. It reaffirms my belief that my less drawn, abstract style can go well against the top illustrators in the game .After all, art should be diverse and dynamic so I’m bringing my own style and vision to the table no matter what other people say.

To Jimiyo, even in competition, you have been supportive and pushed me to promote the design the best way I could. I owe you a beer my friend.

And lastly, to emptees, had it not been for this site, I would not have matured into the artist I am today. And winning in any tshirt competition would have been farthest from my mind. So I hope this serves as an inspiration to every guy and gal starting out.

So there just had to say that. Now go buy my shirt you foolz!” – CollisionTheory

Jimiyo Takes 4th Place in DBH Contest

Featured Indie Tee Spotlight artist, Jimiyo, finished 4th place in the big $10,000 Design By Humans contest. Not the finish he wanted, but nonetheless, he finished in the top end amongst a handful of very talented artists. Here’s what he had to say on his blog:

“At least it’s a hot looking shirt. One color too.. and they are selling it for $24? They are going to be making some good margin on this shirt, as well as, for the $1000 payout to me, I did some massive promotions. Was all the work worth it? Not sure. The $1000 is definitely not worth the time investment, but then is having participated and reached the top tier level of the contest worth the time investment? Because theoretically, many new eyes have been exposed to my name and work. Still feel Defeated, but elated it’s finally over. Now I can start workin!” – Jimiyo

Only thing left to do now is to go and buy his T-shirt!