Talenthouse and Design By Humans came together to invite artists to create their own unique t-shirt design. This Creative Invite was received amazingly by our Talenthouse community seeing well over 1,000 submissions come in. There were 34 selected artists, some of whom had more than one art piece selected! The submissions were brilliant, with great inspiration behind the artists’ ideas. Over the next few weeks we will feature a handful of these artists and get an insight into what their muses were for each of their t-shirt designs. Take a look at this exclusive interview with one of the Selected Artists, Günther Kriel from South Africa. 



TH: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What do you do?
Well, I’m a Graphic Designer from Cape Town, South Africa and the eldest son of two. I spend most of my time in front of the computer either creating various designs for the Online Marketing Agency I work for and doing freelance work during my spare time. Besides design, I also draw and paint. 

TH: What was it about the Design By Humans Creative Invite that stood out for you?
GK: I think what stood out the most about the creative invite was that there wasn’t any creative boundaries. The idea was to create a one of a kind T-shirt design which meant that I could be as creative as I wanted. And that’s why I decided to take part.



TH: Have you ever used your artwork to design clothes before?
GK: Yes, I have. Because I studied Screen Printing as a subject component on College, clothing and textile design has always been something that I’ve been interested in. I’ve also entered other Talenthouse T-shirt competitions and created my own Online Store (GuntherKriel) on Design By Humans.

TH: What was the inspiration behind your design?
GK: I have what one may call inspirational phases. When I started with this project, I was extremely into melted objects. I took my love for vector design and the environment, added all three together and created the design that was selected.



TH: How long did it take you to make your idea a reality?
GK: I don’t like monitoring how long it takes me to create a design. With my busy schedule I think it could have taken me about 3-4 days.

TH: Can you tell us a little bit about the creative process that went into making your design?
All my creative processes start with research. I find that as much as the design itself is important, so is the research. I created rough sketches and chose the one that I liked the most (which ended up being the selected design). From there it went into the design program for vectorising. I experimented with some colour combinations, created the final touch ups and submitted for selection.

TH: How did you feel when you found out that Design By Humans chose you as the Selected Artist?
GK: Excited! I’ve won a few Creative Invites in the past and I’ve done work for many big companies here in South Africa, but I think this is one of my biggest achievements as a designer, especially because I was one of the few chosen out of over 1000 entrants internationally.



TH: Do you have any projects you are currently working on, or planning on doing?
GK: Currently I’m creating some new designs for my Online Store, working on projects for various clients and developing my website (I have no web development background or knowledge, but I’m doing it anyway). I also recently completed a logo and artwork design for an online adult store based in South Africa. There is some future work in the pipeline but I can’t say much about it now.

TH: If you could have an hour to talk with anyone from the past, who would that be?
GK: If I could talk to anyone from the past, I think it would be Vincent van Gogh. I’d love to talk to him about his work.


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