Making Money with Design By Humans as a Freelance Graphic Designer

Design by Humans is an online store that, in their words, empowers artists by giving them opportunities to make money from their designs through their own online storefronts.

Steps to Making Money on Design by Humans


To apply as a store owner on Design by Humans you have to first submit a portfolio, which should contain at least 10 designs that are suitable for print. Once your application is approved, you will be able to activate your store and start selling your designs.

Design by Humans has also teamed up with pop culture brands such as Star Wars and Marvel, so you can now create designs featuring Darth Vader or Iron Man without any copyright issues.

Design by Humans has partnered with various brands over the years

Also, your designs do not have to be exclusive to Design by Humans, so you are free to sell them elsewhere.


Let’s submit a design by going to Add Product. From there you can select a product type before uploading the image file. Design by Humans has a template available, but a single PNG (in highest quality) should suffice for all product types.

Be sure to upload the highest quality PNG

You can then set colors and placements for each of the products. For apparel there’s also the option to choose your model.

You can set colors and placements for each of the products

Finally, add some details about the design and it’s ready for submission. Note that each submission will be checked and approved by a staff member (which usually takes within 24 hours) before it’s put up for sale.


After your first design is approved, your store will truly be up and running. You will earn a commission for each sale you make, ranging from $3 for t-shirts to $8 for art prints.

Payment for cleared sales is made via PayPal on the first business day of every month. You can also check your dashboard to check the sales you made for the month so far, as well as what and when your next payment will be.

Sales and payment dates are displayed on your dashboard

If your designs are particularly good, your store will likely be featured on the front page as well as on Design by Human’s social media and newsletter. For inspiration on what sells, you can always explore the site and check out designs that are trending or best sellers. You should also do your own promotion, be it through social media or elsewhere.


Although I’m not earning as much on Design by Humans compared to sites such as TeePublic, the earnings have been quite consistent over the years. Since I want my designs to look good on their products, I usually take around 10 – 15 minutes for each submission.

Also, since adding more designs a few months back my sales have increased — which reaffirms my belief that it’s basically a numbers game.

My earnings so far on Design by Humans


You can expect a lot of competition when it comes to making money on Design by Humans. However, if you can create eye-catching designs and market them well, it can definitely be a source of passive income for a graphic designer.

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