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Design By Humans Interview.

How did Design By Humans get started and what is your brand all about?

Design By Humans opened its doors in 2007 with the vision of giving artists a platform to share their art with the world. At the time, daily contests allowed artists to submit their work to be voted on by fans. The winning design would be printed and become available for purchase.

Though democratic in nature, the idea of selling just one winning T-Shirt every day simply wasn’t ideal. We wanted more artists to have the chance to sell their work. Fast forward to 2015: Artists can now sell their artwork from their own branded storefront. Our artist network now includes over 15,000 from around the globe.

In addition, we use a print-on-demand format, allowing the artists to offer more designs on a diverse set of product types and colors to their fans. We still love T-Shirts, but being able to offer options like hoodies, tank tops and phone cases gives our artists more canvases on which to work.

What are the DBH ideals?

Design By Humans aims to empower artists by providing them with a platform to display and sell their work. Their “canvases” (i.e. T-Shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, art prints and phone cases) are always of the highest quality, a commitment we take seriously. Every garment we sell is hand-selected and guaranteed to be sweatshop and child labor-free, and the inks we use are water-based and phthalate-free.

Design By Humans relentlessly pursues new ways to bring art to life through new screen-printing and digital printing techniques. We are obsessed with apparel innovation.

DBH stands behind our artists and jumps at any opportunity to promote them. We highlight artists through our social channels and artist interviews, and actively search for fans wearing their amazing art. We push artists to participate in contests and monthly design challenges, and connect brands with our artists when the opportunity to create for licensed apparel arises.

In addition, DBH offers artists industry-leading royalties for their work. Their work is the life of our business. Without them, we would be just another generic T-Shirt company. But because we attract the highest caliber artists from around the world, we’re afforded some of the best wearable artwork you’ll find!

Who designs the tees?

Over 15,000 artists from around the globe contribute their amazing art to the “T-Shirt ecosystem” that is Design By Humans. We’ve created an amazing community of artists and art lovers alike, and given them a canvas -- and a platform -- to show and sell their work.

In addition, Design By Humans works closely with a diverse and talented group of hand-picked artist on special projects and collections, and is constantly seeking out top talent in building an in-house team of artists.

What inspires the tees?

Though we can’t speak to what inspires our community of artists, we can speak to the diversity of subjects for which they choose to create art. Artists design for categories ranging from abstract art to typographical pieces; from animals to people; from retro to modern.

Pop culture is an expansive category that can encompass subjects derived from television and movies to music and parody. Design By Humans is taking big strides to capture the gaming market as well, creating licensed art for major games and streamers alike.

How would you classify the tees?

To classify our tees, you could easily take a look at the impressive range of categories, shops and collections found at Design By Humans. Some of our categories include: Abstract, Animals, Characters, Food & Drink, Funny, Gamer, Horror, Music, Nature, Pop Culture and more.

In addition, we’ve created shops and collections based on subject matter. We’re excited to include Star Wars, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Diablo III, and Assassin’s Creed Unity among our long list of licensed shops that feature official artwork. We’re always adding new shops and collections to the site as well.

Our latest initiative is gaming and eSports. We love gaming, first and foremost. If we’re not working, there’s a good chance we’re gathered around a console or streaming on the DBH Twitch account. As such, we’re pushing hard to become the leader in gaming and streaming apparel.

We support triple-A gaming titles, top-tier eSports teams like Evil Geniuses and scores of popular Twitch and YouTube Gaming streamers by offering custom branded apparel and storefronts, and access to our artist community and in-house art team.

Design By Humans provides the below shipping services. Please note not all services are available for each product type and all delivery time frames are estimates. Actual delivery time frames may vary due to weather, service delays, holidays etc. Free Standard shipping is available for apparel only on orders that have an after-discount subtotal value of $75.00 or more. Domestic shipping to Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico or any other location outside the Continental United States may take longer than expected due to their locations.

Domestic Services

USPS First Class Mail (6-10 business days)

USPS Priority Mail (2-4 business days)

FedEx SmartPost (7-18 business days)

FedEx Ground/Home Delivery (2-5 business days)

FedEx Express Saver (3 Business Days)

FedEx 2Day (2 Business Days)

FedEx Priority Overnight (Next Business Day)

International Services

(Duties and Taxes Unpaid)

USPS International Economy (Average Delivery Time: 1-6 Weeks)

FedEx International Mail (Average Delivery Time: 1-4 Weeks)

FedEx International Priority (Average Delivery Time: 2-9 business days)

The Design By Humans products that we own have lasted years, both the prints and the fabric. Please note, that they do a better job printing on the Blue side of the spectrum than they do with the Red side. But that is the case with most (But not all) POD's.

Design By Humans Brand

Offers Print On Demand shirts with various design types. The review breakdown of their Direct To Garment Printed tees are as follows:

Fatal Gluttony Tee Design by Vinsse.

Fatal Gluttony Tee Design Review.

The Fatal Gluttony tee design is for the twisted Winnie The Pooh fans (or haters) that keep up with at least one of the 7 deadly sins.

The concept is based on the fact that the silly little pooh bear can't keep his paws out of others honeys, therefore he gets stung...badly. The facial expression on this design brings the shirt to a whole new level. When I first seen this tee I practically poohed myself from a bout of hysterical laughter. With a swollen eye, a shit eating grin and an overly optimistic sense of accomplishment this is one of the best tees ever. That odd mix of both pleasure and pain that lies in a thin gap between life and death is one of the most hilariously awkward moments that can be experienced. Luckily we live it vicariously through Winnie the Pooh's "Worth it" moment.

As for the artwork, everything about it is awesome. The colors and shading are both meticulously done well. The lack of a background keeps the focus on Winnie the Pooh and the pose is jsut fantastic. I'm not sure which is a better touch, the aforementioned expression or the way that the honey sparkles like Gollum's Precious.

This Fatal Gluttony tee will make a nice gift for any Winnie The Pooh fan and it is an excellent conversation starter.

Fatal Gluttony Tee Design by Vinsse.

Is available on T-shirts, Hoodies, Tank tops and Crewnecks. Many fabric colors are available. The review breakdown is as follows:

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Go Home Hat You’re Drunk Tee Design Review.

THIS DESIGN IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM THIS RETAILER.

The Go Home Hat You're Drunk tee design is for Harry Potter Fans fans and to a lesser extent fans of Game of Thrones.

The Go Home Hat You're Drunk tee design concept is that Harry Potter belongs in House Stark of Game of Thrones. It is rather amusing. I actually laughed out loud for a good seven seconds or so when I first seen it. The idea itself is brilliant.

As for the artwork, The illustration and coloring is nice. However there are two things that might bother some people. First, there is one tiny dot out form Harry's elbow that is just there, so CREAM is the best color for this design. No one else would notice it. Second, the spotlight is weird looking with the edges on both sides being asymmetrical and well... lazy. The shading isn't consistent either. Again, probably no one but me pays this much attention to the details in t-shirt designs. It is a bit weird to see a House Sigil inside a dialogue balloon instead of words.

Game of Thrones fans and some Harry Potter fans would want this tee in their collection, especially if they like of both franchises.

Go Home Hat You're Drunk Tee Design by Lithium.

Is available on T-shirts, Tank Tops, Hoodies, Long Sleeves, Sweatshirts and Dog T-shirts. There are many fabric color choices available. However this is one of the rare occasions when the choices should be limited. It actually looks better on the lighter colors such as CREAM for reasons mentioned in the art critique above. So seriously take that into consideration if you get this design. The review breakdown is as follows:

Mother of Dragon Charms Tee Design by djkopet

Mother of Dragon Charms Tee Design Review.

THIS DESIGN IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM THIS RETAILER.

The Mother of Dragon Charms tee design is for Game of Thrones fans and to a lesser extent fans of Harry Potter.

The Mother of Dragon Charms tee design concept is simply giving Daenerys Targaryen a wand (calm down fellas) and thus making her a witch and watching her create dragon illusions through magic. Harry Potter style. It is a simple and elegant idea.

To summon her magical guardian, the witch needed only to concentrate, with all her might, on a single, very happy memory. Would she recall the thrill of watching her brother finally crowned... or the feeling of freeing an entire enslaved city? No... for the Mother of Dragon Charms, the happiest memory of all was the first time she heard the cries of her babies.

As for the artwork, it is flawless. From the coloring and shading to the layout. The colors are complementary. The character likeness is uncanny. If it is true that "the eyes are the windows to the soul" then we can see everything there is to the Khaleesi here as her eyes are illuminating. The details in the dragon and in her lips could be entire designs in their own right. Few people it seems can draw hair right but djkopet nailed it.

I am not that much of a Harry Potter fan (I have nothing against Harry Potter by any means, I just like other fandoms better) but I cannot complain about anything about the concept or artwork. It looks cool and seems like it fits naturally as if it is one story or one universe. It is respectful to both franchises and somehow this mashup works beautifully. There is nothing cheesy about it as one might expect.

Game of Thrones fans and some Harry Potter fans would want this tee in their collection, especially if they like of both franchises.

Mother of Dragon Charms Tee Design by djkopet

Is available on T-shirts, Tank Tops, Hoodies, Long Sleeves, Sweatshirts and Dog T-shirts. Black, Charcoal, Military Green, Navy and Dark Chocolate are the fabric color choices. The review breakdown is as follows:

Sword Of The Master Tee Design by TeeKetch

Sword of the Master Tee Design Review.

The Sword of The Master tee design is for the people that like the stories of young heroes and adventure. Especially, if they happen to be a young King Arthur or Link. Which this tee is based on both.

The concept is good and the style is on par with The Sword In The Stone cartoon. Both have a Sword in the stone (or anvil) in their storylines.

As for the artwork, the colors is good and the shading is minimal. The textures of the anvil, gateway and ground are done with simple splotches. It looks like old VHS cover art. The art and text are done in the Sword In The Stone drawing style.

This Sword of the Master tee will make a nice gift for the fantasy and RPG lovers. The ones that are Legend of Zelda fanatics and those who love The Once and Future King or The Sword In The Stone will wear this Sword of the Master tee like it was their skin.

This is a good casual shirt that fits in anywhere such as Comic-Con or while gaming.

Sword of the Master Tee Design by TeeKetch.

Is available on T-shirts, Hoodies, Tank tops and Crewnecks. Navy Blue colored fabric is mandatory. The review breakdown is as follows:

The A New King Tee Design by AlbertoArni.

A New King Tee Design Review.

The A New King tee design is for the people that like the tales and movies about heroic princes. Especially, if they happen to be a young King Arthur or Luke Skywalker. Which this tee is based on both.

The concept is great and the style is on par with The Sword In The Stone cartoon.

As for the artwork, the colors and shading couldn't be any better even if Disney had done this themselves. It looks great on any color of fabric, especially on the Black shirt. Alberto added the detail of the two suns of Tattooine into the background which is a nice touch. Sand completely covers the stone in which the Lightsaber is placed again showing that young Luke is in Tattooine. The mash up is done 50/50 and is executed beautifully.

This A New King tee will make a nice gift for the fantasy and sci-fi lovers. The ones that are Star Wars fanatics and that love The Once and Future King or The Sword In The Stone will wear this A New King tee to their graves.

This is a good casual shirt that fits in anywhere such as Comic-Con or to the movies.

A New King Tee Design by AlbertoArni.

Is available on T-shirts, Hoodies, Tank tops and Crewnecks. Many fabric colors are available depending on the style. The review breakdown is as follows:

A Very Naughty Bear Tee Design by Roni Lagin and Mo Moussa.

A VERY NAUGHTY BEAR Tee Design Review.

The A VERY NAUGHTY BEAR tee is for people that want their childhood ruined or want to ruin someone else's. Actually, any Winnie the Pooh fan should like this design and get a good chuckle out of it.

The more true to life behaviors of the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood are more shocking than they are terrifying. This isn't the lovable quirky characters that we grew up with here. These mental cases forgot to take their meds.

This artwork by Roni Lagin and Mo Moussa shows what happens when people let go of their imagination and start seeing things as they sadly are. Nah, this is great. Mucking around with pop culture is fun. Nice colors and shading. the fur effects are done well. But nothing beats the facial expressions here of pain and anger. The snarls. Gotta love it.

The A VERY NAUGHTY BEAR design is ideal for any casual setting and predominately male environment.

A VERY NAUGHTY BEAR Tee Design by Roni Lagin and Mo Moussa.

Is available on: Tees, Phone Cases and Wall Art. Kelly Green fabric is mandatory and it works well as it is a grass and leaves themed color. It is not available on children's apparel (I wonder why?).The review breakdown is as follows:

Nevermore Tee Design by haxrox.

Nevermore Tee Design Review.

This Nevermore tee design is for Edgar Allan Poe fans.

This design is not only one of the best selling tees to begin with but it is at the top of the most popular typography tees in existence. The way haxrox used bold font for the shading to add a little more definition to the interior of the bird is the definition of using an "artistic eye". Without that tiny touch this tee would not look as great as it does.

This design is available on children's apparel as well.

This a great casual tee that is perfect for open mic nights, libraries, coffee shops and just for lounging.

Here is the full Poem of which this design is based:

The Raven

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door— Only this and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore— For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore— Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating “’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door— Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;— This it is and nothing more.”

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, “Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you”—here I opened wide the door;— Darkness there and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?” This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”— Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before. “Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice; Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore— Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;— ’Tis the wind and nothing more!”

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore; Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door— Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door— Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, “Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore— Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!” Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door— Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as “Nevermore.”

But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour. Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered— Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before— On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.” Then the bird said “Nevermore.”

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, “Doubtless,” said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore— Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore Of ‘Never—nevermore’.”

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore— What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er, But whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er, She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor. “Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore; Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!” Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!— Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted— On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore— Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!” Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil! By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore— Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore— Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.” Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting— “Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore! Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted—nevermore!

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Nevermore Tee Design By haxrox.

Slate colored fabric is mandatory. The review breakdown is as follows:

Never Too Late Tee Design by Pyne

Never Too Late Tee Design Review.

The Never Too Late tee is for anyone that loves Alice in Wonderland. Be it the book, the movie, or the cartoons. Dark and ominous this tee hits the very core of the creepy ass story about a girl who disobeys.

The design of this tee is for lack of a better word "Amazing". From the shirt being part of the actual design itself and not just a canvas to the audience perspective. The use of a single color (white) on black to create all of the details such as the highlighting on the silhouettes and the sun penetrated fog is no easy task. So many people use color as a crutch. The fur of the rabbit and the metal of the pocket watch don't need color because the textures and shading is that good. This is simply a tee masterpiece.

The Never Too Late design makes for a great casual shirt to be worn anywhere.

Never Too Late Tee Design by Pyne.

Is available on: Tees, Phone Cases and Wall Art. Black fabric is mandatory and it works well with this artwork. The negative space of the fabric is part of the design. The review breakdown is as follows: