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Designer Startup Ideas



1 year ago

A company that helps small businesses find tech talent, with a focus on recruiting developers and designers in cities where they are based.

193
1 year ago

A platform that allows designers to sell their work without having to learn code

132
2 years ago

A startup that connects freelance designers with companies who need branding work done

118
2 years ago

A company that helps designers create custom-made leather goods for clients.

117
2 years ago

A startup that is building a tool to help apparel designers find the right factories.

115
1 year ago

A software platform that helps connect retailers with ecommerce platform designers and developers.

115
2 years ago

An idea that would let anyone be a coder or designer for local versions of the web. Google is interested.

112
2 years ago

A startup that pairs freelance designers with clients to create logos, websites, and more

111
2 years ago

A startup for a variety of creative professionals, including photographers, graphic designers, videographers, animators, and other creative types.

109
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make it easy to find, hire, and work with freelance designers and developers.

109
2 years ago

A market research platform for fashion designers that serves as a central database for pricing, trends, and quality.

108
2 years ago

A visual design platform for brands & agencies that allows designers to see the visual impact of their designs before they hit production.

108
2 years ago

A startup for connecting freelance designers with clients. There are around 5 million professional designers in the US, and they’re frequently hired through agencies or by the hour. The startup is building a marketplace where designers can post their work, which clients can browse and hire.

107
2 years ago

A way to hook up with a freelance designer for in-house design, build a site, and then manage it all from one app. The company says it has $6 million in funding and has been profitable since 2014.

107
2 years ago

A group of designers who create custom UI/UX mockups for companies, turning their ideas into real product or website designs.

106
2 years ago

You want to find someone to build you a website, but “the whole process of finding someone to build a website is so cumbersome”. You want to do the hiring, but you’re not a developer and you’re not a designer, so you need a tool that gives you a few options for each step. That’s what the startup is building.

105
2 years ago

A social network for people interested in mechanical engineering, allowing people to find jobs, learn about new developments, and get connected with engineers and designers.

104
1 year ago

A product management platform for agencies, developers, and designers that helps companies plan, identify, prioritize, and integrate features for their software applications.

103
2 years ago

A startup for freelance designers and developers, helping them find the right job for them, and helping clients find the right freelancer.

102
2 years ago

An AI-driven platform that comes with a team of data scientists, software engineers, and designers, and which wants to help companies find talent in India.

102
2 years ago

A platform to recruit and hire remote developers and designers from any location in the world.

102
2 years ago

A design space for Italian designers, fitting their aesthetic and culture into a marketplace that will be a global one.

101
2 years ago

A tool for hiring contractors and interior designers

101
2 years ago

A tool for software designers to create new apps in minutes instead of days.

101
2 years ago

A collaboration platform for interior designers to access other designers’ portfolios.

101
2 years ago

This startup is building a website that allows anyone to instantly and securely order a custom-made suit from a fabric designer.

100
2 years ago

The platform is building a toolkit for designers to build custom user interfaces for their mobile apps.

99
2 years ago

A startup for freelance designers and developers to find jobs and request work. According to the company, they have a response rate of 90%.

96
2 years ago

A tool that helps companies hire designers and brand managers based on their performance on design-related projects rather than their resume.

96
1 year ago

A startup that uses a “digital designer” to help small businesses build websites. The startup’s model is to wake up early in the morning and design a website for a small business owner and have it ready to go by that evening.

94
2 years ago

The App Factory is building a platform to build, distribute, and manage applications from a team of developers and designers. It’s a mix of Slack, Trello, and Jira.

93
2 years ago

A startup that provides a set of tools for designers to create their own custom-designed clothes. The company uses a 3D printer to produce knit fabrics.

91
1 year ago

A startup for freelance designers, meant to help them find work, keep track of their clients and spend less time doing administrative tasks.

91
1 year ago

A small team of developers and designers are building a simple, yet comprehensive, social network for everyone.

91
5 months ago

A “self-serve” platform that enables developers to build out their own bitmap font, so they can quickly build out a new font without needing to hire a designer.

91
1 year ago

A tool for designers and developers to build games from scratch.

90
1 year ago

A toolset for managing the design process of a single website, allowing multiple designers to work on a single site together

90
2 years ago

This is a licensing and digital asset management platform for photographers and designers.

88
2 years ago

A digital marketplace for freelance designers. The startup’s founders want to build a marketplace that helps businesses and designers work together on projects.

86
1 year ago

A platform to help users and businesses build and share digital products with a team of developers, designers, and marketers.

86
1 year ago

A tool with a very simple interface that can help designers create landing pages, sales pages, or purchase pages. The company says they’ve already seen 40,000 clicks on their landing pages.

84
1 year ago

A free, open-source portfolio app for designers.

84
1 year ago

A platform that connects software developers, designers and marketers with companies who want to release a product or service.

83
1 year ago

A tool for making mockups of websites, to make it easier for designers and developers to collaborate.

82
1 year ago

A digital platform for designers to sell their work to customers, with most of the revenue coming from a subscription model.

82
1 year ago

A tool for designers to get more out of their creative process, by letting them “mix, match, and remix” colors and patterns in their Photoshop library in order to create new looks.

81
1 year ago

This startup is building a professional marketplace for graphic designers and other creative professionals

81
1 year ago

A team of designers and engineers building a digital prototype for a custom-built laser cutter. The team is building the product as a way to fund the research of a laser cutter they hope to build themselves.

80
1 year ago

A platform that connects freelancers and enterprises with digital labor, including web designers and content producers.

79
1 year ago

A tool for designers that helps them quickly create mockups of their work, and allows them to embed other relevant apps, like their website’s login screen, directly into the mockup.

79
10 months ago

A startup for freelance work that connects project managers with developers, designers, and marketers.

79
1 year ago

A platform that connects freelance graphic designers with businesses who want to create logos and other graphics.

77
1 year ago

A company that wants to help underpaid fashion designers have control over their intellectual property.

76
1 year ago

A tool to make it easier for freelance designers to create more consistent work.

76
1 year ago

Build a platform for web designers to work with designers and engineers to build websites that are responsive to mobile devices.

73
1 year ago

A content marketing service for fashion brands; it helps designers and retailers create custom content to promote their brands and products.

73
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help designers build out physical prototypes for their apps, giving them a way to interact with features and functionality of their designs with a few clicks

72
1 year ago

A community of freelance designers with an emphasis on high-end products like furniture, ready-to-wear, and toys.

72
1 year ago

What it is: A chatbot that lets people find and hire freelance specialists. The platform aims to work with a wide variety of professionals, including interior designers, virtual assistants, and even personal trainers.

71
1 year ago

A startup that helps designers and developers build custom plugins for their sites.

71
1 year ago

A platform that provides a way for designers to build HTML5 websites with no coding knowledge.

70
1 year ago

A startup focused on virtual reality and augmented reality wants to make it easier to create and share 3D models on the web, allowing designers to upload their 3D models into its platform for sharing and collaboration.

70
1 year ago

A platform that documents the human factors that go into the design of things, like adding a button for “Delete’ and a “Save” button to a plastic toothbrush. The startup is currently working with startups and designers to build out its product.

67
1 year ago

This startup is building an online platform for freelance designers to find clients and charge clients for their services.

67
1 year ago

This startup is building an app that helps creative professionals manage their network, including connecting them with designers and engineers.

67
1 year ago

A online marketplace for graphic designers and freelancers offering creative services and access to a community of experts.

67
1 year ago

A one-stop shop for designer brands to offer their products through a subscription box service. It costs $35 monthly, with a commitment of 3 months.

66
1 year ago

A tool that helps designers and agencies collaborate remotely, building it into an all-in-one app for managing tasks and assets, helping them build cohesive teams.

63
1 year ago

A startup for freelance designers that takes sticker prices and eliminates the middleman.

63
11 months ago

A platform that connects freelance developers with clients. Customers are able to upload their code snippets, and designers are able to login to review code, set budgets, and see the background of the developer.

63
8 months ago

A SaaS company that helps clothing designers with their marketing and sales process, unlike current fashion marketplaces which typically drive high traffic to designers' e-commerce websites.

63
1 year ago

Founded by a former Google executive, the company is looking to bring AI to the design business. The startup’s first product is a tool that helps designers prototype a product with a drawing tool.

62
10 months ago

 A 3D printing service for hardware engineers and product designers.

61
1 year ago

A tool that helps designers build widgets and apps for e-commerce platforms.

60
1 year ago

This startup is building a tool that lets a user take photos, add lines, and then a designer can come in and polish the design.

60
1 year ago

A digital platform for training and mentorship, founded by user-experience designers. A platform to foster a community of designers, technical writers, and marketers who share their expertise.

59
1 year ago

A company that’s building a tool for hiring freelance web designers across the U.S.

59
1 year ago

A platform for hiring freelance developers and designers.

59
10 months ago

A startup that’s developing an app that allows users to crowdsource design work in real time. As the company says, “the platform is set up in a way that allows site visitors to create a profile, to rate designs, and to leave feedback on the designs of other site visitors. The power of the platform comes from the fact that it’s powered by a community of designers that are incentivized to be helpful.”

59
1 year ago

The startup is building a library for designers and developers to share designs, and is looking to sell the designs for businesses to use.

56
6 months ago

The startup wants to build a platform for artificial intelligence developers and designers.

56
1 year ago

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, this startup is building an online marketplace for freelance designers to get paid for their work.

55
1 year ago

A platform for hiring remote engineers and designers, with a focus on software engineers and designers.

54
1 year ago

A way to build a crowd-sourced marketplace of the best designers.

54
9 months ago

A digital storefront for artists and designers to sell their own artwork and designs.

54
4 months ago

A full-stack design tool meant to help designers build responsive websites quickly and efficiently.

53
1 year ago

A startup for freelance designers and developers

52
1 year ago

A tool that helps users create their own custom-built fonts with the company’s custom font editor. The startup aims to remove the need to have a designer build fonts for an application or website by allowing users to build their own instead.

51
1 year ago

A web-based service for buying and selling designer clothes and accessories on the web. The company’s CEO says the site has grown to 2.5 million monthly users and $20 million in annual revenue.

47
9 months ago

A tool for producers of creative content, like filmmakers, photographers, and designers, to record their creative process.

46
6 months ago

For designers, this is an all-in-one program that allows you to create and screen print shirts, mugs and more.

45
5 months ago

A tool for freelance designers, sellers, and sellers of goods. The startup sends quotes through email automatically and allows for tracking of invoices and payments.

45
6 months ago

A developer and designer for building web apps for the smart home market.

44
11 months ago

A startup that allows businesses to hire freelance graphic designers from their Slack channels, who can pull from a pool of designers on demand.

43
1 year ago

A platform that allows a designer to prototype digital products for brands before the actual design is done

42
1 year ago

New startup that generates and sells 3D models of buildings for architects and designers to use.

42
1 year ago

An online marketplace for digital products and services, and a social platform for artists and designers to sell their work.

42
1 year ago

A freelance freelance marketplace for designers and developers.

41
1 year ago

A business-to-business marketplace connecting companies with professional designers for work on copy, imagery, logos, websites, and branding.

41
1 year ago

A company that helps artists and designers build and manage their online presences and businesses.

40
1 year ago

A platform that helps designers collaborate with multiple people on one project

40
1 year ago

This API lets designers create and embed online maps and maps inside their apps.

39
11 months ago

“Echo” is a new retail platform that allows customers to buy goods from a selection of over 1,000 brands, with a selection of goods from 70,000 product designers. In addition to a platform for customers to search for things to buy, Echo also offers a sales channel for retailers.

39
11 months ago

A startup for creative workers, including photographers, videographers, and designers. It’s a bit like Upwork but without the middle man — and is looking to expand nationally.

38
5 months ago

A startup for freelance developers and designers who can provide a full suite of services to their clients.

38
1 year ago

A platform that connects employers with web designers and developers who can help them build websites and mobile apps.

36
1 year ago

A startup for designers and developers to buy and sell development services in bulk.

36
11 months ago

This startup aims to to bring a more curated experience to a site like Etsy by helping customers discover and buy items from designers based on their style and personal taste, rather than browsing a wide array of products.

36
10 months ago

A platform that connects companies with designers and agencies to find and hire freelance designers.

36
6 months ago

A platform for people to hire freelance services like web designers, writers, and developers (known as “talents”) within the company and outside of it.

36
1 year ago

A tool for designers to create interactive visualizations in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional software.

35
11 months ago

A group of 3 engineers and a graphic designer, Capital’s goal is to disrupt the legal sector of the marketplace by providing a full service

35
6 months ago

A way to get someone’s attention through a wearable device, such as a bracelet. The startup wants to make it easier for fashion designers to communicate with their customers.

35
1 year ago

A platform that connects you to a network of freelance designers and developers to create a product for you. The company also works with your team to provide you with a product roadmap and a recommended development timeline.

34
9 months ago

A designer’s app for creating custom, on-trend, responsive, personalized and customisable websites.

34
8 months ago

A custom-built security system to protect mobile devices, with a team of designers and engineers that build the actual hardware and software. The startup is staffed by former Google employees and was spun out from Google to focus on security.

34
11 months ago

The startup, which launched in December, is building an API that allows companies to design their own “gunmetal” color palettes for their apps. The startup wants to deliver a service that allows designers to create color palettes through a set of “gunmetal” swatches.

32
11 months ago

A team of three full stack engineers, two graphics designers, and a marketing lead, Capital’s goal is to disrupt the legal sector of the marketplace by providing a full service legal shop. Capital is a firm that represents individuals and small businesses in a variety of legal matters. The team is currently focusing on the representation of individuals, but also does work for small businesses.

32
11 months ago

A group of engineers and designers developing a scanner and mobile app to make it easier for people to find parking and ticket free spots.

32
10 months ago

A fashion tech startup that connects fashion designers with brands looking to work with them.

32
10 months ago

A way to build video games with a minimalist interface, aiming to give designers and programmers a more productive way to develop games.

32
9 months ago

An online clothing retailer that’s already built an online store for its own clothing line. They’re looking to expand their product line with new designers and consumers, who can find their products in the app.

32
1 year ago

A DIY office design platform for architects, builders, and designers.

31
11 months ago

A group of professional marketers and designers with a background in creative agencies and marketing startups.

31
9 months ago

A design and development studio that says it’s “a team of designers, engineers and startups” that helps “build and manage large scale web apps”. It’s interesting to see a startup that’s taking on the very same tasks that larger companies have historically outsourced to larger consulting firms like Accenture or PwC.

31
9 months ago

A tool for designers to create and manage their own product and marketplace collections. The startup is planning on using the site to sell goods from international markets.

31
8 months ago

A social network for fashion industry buyers, which creates a central location where buyers can find and interact with designers for fashion shows and trade shows.

31
8 months ago

An on-demand app for freelance freelance designers.

31
2 months ago

A network of young designers who use their own personal resources to make a product that can be sold online. The company offers a “design-to-order” service for consumers, who can choose from a number of product options, including customization of colors, fabrics, and packaging.

31
10 months ago

A CTO of a small company of 3 people, looking to hire an artist or designer or developer.

30
9 months ago

A platform for selling pre-owned designer goods, creating a marketplace for buying and selling designer goods and selling pre-owned designer goods online.

30
8 months ago

A paid subscription service for people looking to take their homes to the next level, with plans starting at $399. They want to create a “designer” lifestyle for people that want to buy a house but don’t want to do a lot of the hard work.

29
7 months ago

Making it possible for designers to create and secure online shopping carts for retailers.

29
2 months ago

A community of freelance product designers who can help launch a new product or company.

29
1 year ago

A startup that makes accurate, high-resolution 3D models of the things in the world. The company charges designers and architects in-person visits in which they can see prototypes in person and get one-on-one feedback.

28
8 months ago

A group of designers and developers building a basic platform to help people create and share drawings and designs, similar to how Shapes is used to share images. It is currently in private beta, with a public launch scheduled in Q1 2015.

28
6 months ago

This startup is building a national database of design professionals. Designers have a habit of being underpaid, and brands are often unaware of who they should hire. The startup is creating a national database of qualified design professionals, and after a year of beta, is planning to expand to other professions.

28
9 months ago

A web-based tool for web designers

27
5 months ago

 A subscription-based email platform. The startup wants to be like Trunk Club, but for businesses. The idea is to offer businesses a selection of designers that can create emails for them. Crafted, for example, can make an email for a customer service rep that looks like an internal email, or for a designer that looks like an email from a designer.

27
2 months ago

A company that teaches people how to make their own clothes, and prints the patterns over 3D printing software. The startup is building a new system for independent fashion designers to sell their designs via the internet without the need for a sewing machine.

26
2 months ago

A business service for freelance designers that allows them to access a library of high quality photos, fonts and templates for their clients.

26
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easy to make furniture with 3D printing. A woodworker or designer can go to their website and select a model, upload their CAD files, and in just a few hours they’ll get a 3D-printed version of their design.

25
7 months ago

 A tool for graphic designers and animators to create animations with a single click.

24
5 months ago

A machine learning tool that helps designers hire faster. The startup has been built over the last year and is still in beta. They say they have hundreds of customers, including the Washington Post and Major League Soccer.

24
5 months ago

This is a marketplace for connecting and hiring freelance designers.

24
1 month ago

A software platform that makes it easier for fashion designers to collaborate with multiple brands. The company is already live in New York and San Francisco, and is working to launch in a handful of other cities in the next year.

24
23 days ago

A VR toolkit for architects and designers, meant to help them visualize their ideas with 3D models. The company is also building a $250,000 grant for the most promising VR startups.

24
9 months ago

 a Pinterest-like social network for interior designers, with users being able to share photos of their work and sell it within the app

23
9 months ago

A cloud-based project management platform for designers and developers, through which they can view client feedback, manage workflows and streamline operations.

23
8 months ago

A startup that makes it easy for designers to create products that are printed and shipped to the customer’s home.

23
5 months ago

A software company built to help engineers and designers build and test software faster.

23
4 months ago

A platform for freelance designers, where designers can create their own jobs and manage the proposals and clients that come through their site.

23
7 months ago

An open-source platform for building real-time visualizations of big data. The team is built almost entirely with engineers and designers.

22
3 months ago

A “product design management” tool that helps streamline studio operations for designers.

22
3 months ago

A platform that helps fashion brands find emerging designers and helps them take their designs from “somewhere in the world” to “some place in the world”.

22
1 month ago

A luxury marketplace that pairs designers with makers who want to make limited edition products.

22
1 month ago

A platform that connects brands with freelance marketers and designers in order to get marketing and design done faster and more efficiently.

22
9 months ago

A tool for designers to understand how to use their designs across different devices, with the visualizability of a tool like Photoshop.

21
3 months ago

A platform for freelance designers to get paid for their designs. Designers can create a portfolio and sell projects via the platform, which is free for the first 3 projects.

21
1 month ago

A platform for recruiting external developers and designers, with a focus on turning work out quickly without the time and costs of traditional recruiting processes.

21
7 months ago

A software company that helps people make decisions on whether to hire a freelance designer or designer agency.

19
3 months ago

This is a service for designers, who have to put up with clients who don’t understand what they’re trying to say, who use technical jargon and who don’t really grasp how to communicate a message. So, they’re building a platform to help designers communicate more effectively.

19
3 months ago

The startup was started by a group of ex-IKEA designers and engineers after they saw the retail giant’s ability to sell furniture online cut into their ability to sell products. It’s available in the US and UK markets, with plans to expand to other countries soon.

19
3 months ago

A community of designers and engineers building new products on top of the Internet of Things, with a community of 150,000 monthly users.

18
3 months ago

A startup that helps businesses, designers and developers see their product imagery at scale. The startup helps large companies see their product images at scale by creating a visual database.

18
2 months ago

A company that uses AI and machine learning to help retail designers and store managers create the best apparel and home décor in the world.

18
4 months ago

A catalog of inspiration for interior designers, architects, and artists.

17
1 month ago

An e-commerce platform that features custom-built construction hardware stores, and an iOS app to help contractors and designers manage their projects.

17
1 month ago

An ad hoc tool for hiring freelance designers, using the startup’s proprietary algorithm to make sure you’re not overpaying.

17
18 days ago

A startup that connects a team of freelance designers, developers and designers with a small business needing help on a project.

17
17 days ago

If you are a designer and you have a need for a certain type of item or product, you could write about it on the site, and others can purchase it.

17
3 months ago

A startup that provides a platform to help web designers and developers build websites, with a focus on building single page apps.

16
3 days ago

A startup that helps people build websites from scratch and also helps web designers and developers find clients.

14
1 month ago

A platform that aggregates a network of freelance designers and connects them to clients. The startup says it’s currently on track to earn $100,000 in revenue in 2016.

13
6 months ago

A startup for freelance designers who want to find clients. The startup currently has over 1,000 designers registered and has brought on $520 in revenue in the last month.

12
11 days ago

A Marketplace for freelance designers, where designers can post their designs, and then have them built by artisans in the marketplace.

12
16 days ago

A platform that helps people hire and manage freelance designers, developers, and other professionals.

11
20 days ago

A tool for helping developers and designers build interactive videos. It’s meant to be used alongside Adobe’s popular suite of video editing tools.

10
2 years ago

Idea: An online marketplace of products made by independent designers. Designers can keep 90% of sales, or have the option to partner with the startup for a 40% revenue share. The startup also aims to make the discovery process easier by curating the top items from each designer.

8
2 months ago

A program that allows individuals to pay for the services of a licensed freelance designer, in advance. The startup takes care of everything from design to publishing on the web.

8
2 years ago

Idea: A way to see the world through the eyes of a designer

4
2 years ago

Idea: A place for people to share their work and receive feedback from other designers

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup for the creative community to buy and sell design content from the world’s best designers

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2 years ago

Idea: A platform that makes it easy for interior designers to manage projects and clients. Users of the software say it’s saving them up to 6 hours per week.

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2 years ago

Idea: An online marketplace for buying and selling 3D-printed objects. The startup aims to be a marketplace for a new generation of makers, with a platform to bring together designers, engineers, and 3D-printers. They currently have 500 open-ended jobs, and a $1k average order size.

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2 years ago

Idea: A ‘gig economy’ labor marketplace for graphic designers. The startup says it’s growing 1,000% month-over-month, and has already sold $3,000 a week in design work.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A platform that allows people to create digital portfolios for their work. The startup wants to help designers and artists build personal brands.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup for finding designers/developers/analysts/etc for long term projects. It’s meant to be similar to Upwork, but less saturated and more curated.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A way for developers and designers to collaborate on design projects, the way they used to, with the added ability to generate a GitHub-ready invoice at the end.

-1
2 years ago

A startup for freelance designers. The startup has plans to expand to include a wider variety of creative services including programming, video and audio production and web design.

-1
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service that helps people find a plumber or an electrician or a mason or a painter or an interior designer

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