Last weeks post about adding Powerpoint presentations to your arsenal really got me thinking about untapped niches for graphic designers. While I was deep in meditation on the subject online, I came across this post by Smashing Magazine. The post is nothing more than some free icon and wallpapers, but one of the showcased wallpaper designers really caught my attention.
Designer Vlad Gerasimov is the brain behind Vlad Studio. Valds website is a prime example of a graphic artist cashing in on these niche ideas. The website offers an array of products including; desktop wallpapers, wallpaper clocks, e-cards, posters, and more. Rather than trying to sell the product individually, Vlad has chosen to charge a small subscription fee. A very smart business move on his part.
The great thing about selling designer wallpapers is that it takes little to no money or time to start. Once you have a dozen or so desktop wallpaper designs ready, all you need to do is setup some sort of store front. A good premium wordpress theme and a paypal account should do the trick. Once you get those tasks out of the way the only work left is a little bit of marketing and creating some regular addition to your store.
If you want to see how Vlad made some of his wallpapers, check out his photoshop tutorials page in which he demonstrates how he made many of them.
Desktop Wallpapers Worth Selling
Check out these examples of Vlads top selling desktop wallpaper designs.