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6 Graphic Design App Success Stories [2023]

6 Graphic Design App Success Stories [2023]
Start A Graphic Design App

A graphic design application is a SaaS application that allows users create online graphics. Examples of graphic design applications include Snappa, adobe Photoshop, and GIMP.

Modern businesses need digital branding, holograms, and poster designs, to maximize the customer reach abilities. Therefore, graphic designers are becoming the most in-demand professionals.

The high demand is a good basis for choosing graphic design applications as one of the best app business ideas in 2022. Before you kick start the graphics design app business idea, here are technical skills you may consider:

  • Design principles
  • Idea generation
  • Branding skills
  • Typography
  • Print designing
  • UX and UI Design

While coding skills and cross-platform development skills are important to start developing applications, you can hire developers online.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a graphic design app:

1. Snappa ($1M/year)

Christopher Gimmer and Marc Chouinard (from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) started Snappa almost 8 years ago.

$83.5K / month
2 founders / 4 employees
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Christopher Gimmer and I’m the co-founder of Snappa - a SaaS app that helps non-designer create online graphics in a snap. We make it super easy to create graphics for social media, ads, blogs, and more!


2. SP-Studio ($1.2K/year)

Janina Himmen (from Schöneck, Deutschland) started SP-Studio almost 21 years ago.

$100 / month
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hi, my name is Janina, and back in 2002, I founded SP-Studio.de- a free tool for anyone to create cartoon characters without any drawing skills. What started as a fun little side project became one of the biggest and most popular avatar creation websites.

At its height, sp-studio.de attracts more than 60,000 visitors per day and you stumble upon the pictures all the time when browsing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.


Learn more about starting a graphic design app:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a graphic design app?
-> Pros and cons of a graphic design app

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established graphic design app
-> Marketing ideas for a graphic design app
-> Graphic design app names

Other resources

-> Graphic design app tips
-> Graphic design app hashtags

4. Designious ($180K/year)

Alexandru Dumitru (from Bucharest, Romania) started Designious over 15 years ago.

$15K / month
3 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

Hi, I am Alex Dumitru and I am a co-founder at Designious. Designious is a graphic design library that provides extra tools like an online designer app and an API that helps both graphic designers and print-on-demand entrepreneurs. At the moment we make around $12-13k per month.

My background is in IT and business development, but I’ve worn many hats along the way, from sales to customer support.


5. Aucoin Analytics, LLC ($166K/year)

Kervin Aucoin (from Washington D.C., DC, USA) started Aucoin Analytics, LLC over 4 years ago.

$13.8K / month
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hello folks, my name is Kervin Aucoin and I am the founder of Aucoin Analytics, LLC, a private intelligence company that focuses on security trends by using data and predictive analysis to protect customers. Aucoin Analytics delivers highly specialized risk assessments and intelligence reports specially tailored to our customer's needs.


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