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Building the World's Marketplace for Design.

Darius Monsef March 31, 2021 · 5 min read

We started over 10 years ago with ColorSchemer.com & COLOURlovers.com, building tools and communities for creators. In that time, we’ve focused our efforts on making the most intuitive and delightful user experiences for people looking for inspiration and professional help on their design projects.
Our mission has always been to make beautiful design simple and accessible to all. And to us, a big piece missing from creating that experience was a marketplace that had all the assets a creator would need, and fairly valued the designers who bring these goods to market.
Our first year was eye-opening and incredibly rewarding. Our assumptions about the kind of marketplace people really wanted were validated, we were inspired by the response we got from the creative community, and we helped designers around the world earn more than a million dollars.
Not only did we see an overall picture of the impact we were making, we saw it in very personal success stories too. We saw it with individuals like Dustin Lee, Retro Supply Co. who found the income stability from his Creative Market shop sales to take the leap to chase his dream of starting his own company. These success stories were the motivation for us to pour ourselves into our work and to see just how big we could make Creative Market.
Going Really Big.
From the first month we released it to the world, Creative Market’s trajectory has been up-and-to-the-right. As a founder that has struggled through the dark days of bootstrapping a company, our graphs were the kind of thing you check right before going to bed just to make yourself sleep happy thoughts.
After more than 12 straight months of month-over-month revenue growth, we had a lot of interest in our next fundraising round, and we also had interest from folks who wanted to acquire us.
We had our options, but our priority was finding the opportunity that would best allow us to continue working on our vision and give us the resources to make Creative Market really really big.
When I first spoke to the folks at Autodesk, I was impressed with their vision and where they saw an opportunity to develop a more consumer-focused offering to take their decades of design experience and bring that spirit to the maker movement. As a creative, I’ve always been in awe of the incredible work that folks are able to create with AutoCAD, Maya and Autodesk’s other professional design tools. The animated film I just watched with my wife & daughter… made with Autodesk software. Well-engineered sports cars, dream homes… made with Autodesk software.
Our Vision. On Another Level.
Can this champion of design software extend its legacy to empower designers and makers of all levels? We believe the answer is “yes” so much that we’ve decided to join them and to continue building this community and our tools and marketplace as part of the Autodesk Consumer Group. And we have big plans to help lead them into a future where beautiful design can be simple and accessible to everyone. Helping people “imagine, design and create a better world” is Autodesk’s mission, but it’s also been our driving force for us since we launched almost a decade.
The whole Creative Market team is joining Autodesk with the same mission, priorities and feature roadmap that we had before… just now we are part of a family that can help us take what we’ve been doing to a whole new level.
We’ve always envisioned a Creative Market that lived beyond the walls of a destination website, integrated within the creative tools people use every day… and as part of a company that ships some of the world’s best design software, this will become a reality on a level we couldn’t have done on our own.
My co-founders Aaron and Chris will be moving to join our SF team in Autodesk’s Pier 9 office and makerspace. We’re all incredibly excited about not only the future of Creative Market and its continued success at becoming the best marketplace for amazing design, but also the larger story we’re now a part of that has for decades empowered makers of handmade goods, and will now empower makers of mousemade goods too.
What does this mean for the community? For customers, it means access to even more high quality content at affordable prices, as we’re able to grow more quickly. For shop owners, it means we’ll have a larger platform to get your products in front of an even larger audience of customers.
Our Story Continues…
We’ve still got a lot of pages to write in our story, and we’d love for you to join us as a shop owner, a member of our marketplace community, and a part of our growing team.
Thank you so much for all your continued support and here’s to many more years working together in a more beautiful world.
Bubs, Founder & CEO.

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Darius Monsef

Friends call me Bub(s)(ba). CreativeMarket.com CEO #1 Cofounder of Hands.org & Nalukai.org Husband of Kaili & Father of Waialea, Spencer & Sachi.

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  • Congratulations, guys! I can't wait to see what the future holds. 8 years ago
  • Thanks Sam! 8 years ago
  • Awesome, keep it up! 8 years ago
  • Great stuff, looking ffwd :) 8 years ago
  • Congrats! Very exciting! 8 years ago
  • Wow, big news. Good luck! 8 years ago
  • Congrats! 8 years ago
  • It's been so rewarding to join the marketplace, open a shop, and learn along the way! Keep up the great work. The whole team deserves a big thumbs up. Best of success as you go forward! 8 years ago
  • Congrats folks! Looking forward to what's next. :) 8 years ago
  • CONGRATS !!! 8 years ago
  • Wow, big news. congrats! 8 years ago
  • Wonderful news and congratulations to all at Creative Market. As a shop owner i'm in this for the long haul, so news like this is music to my ears! 8 years ago
  • Congratulations! At the same time I also feel a little worried and hope that growing bigger will not change CreativeMarket in an negative ways. Maybe I have read too many articles about how huge companies are hurting the little people and our earth. Hoping everyone involved will keep the good golden rule in mind; do on to others as you would have them do onto you. 8 years ago
  • Stay amazing! I hope Autodesk recognizes what makes you so special. Congrats, and all the best. 8 years ago
  • I sure hope this doesn't effect us authors in a negative way. I've poured my heart and soul into creativemarket and I made decisions to leave Envato to become an ambassador for CreativeMarket. I sure hope I made the correct decisions and I wish you guys the best of luck with AutoDesk. I will say, I have had a number of colleague who we hired directly from AutoDesk and they straight up said that it was not a great place to work at due to management and HIPPO's (highest paid persons opinion) - time will tell I suppose but I do wish you guys the best of luck. 8 years ago
  • @Derek Stevenson this is actually great news for shop owners. It means we'll have even more resources and a larger platform to amplify all of your amazing work to even more customers. 8 years ago
  • Keep pouring your heart and soul @Derek Stevenson. :-) We all genuinely care about this community that you've helped build, and we're really excited about this. Also, awesome work so far. Especially love the work you put into your screenshots on the Retro Text Kit. Keep it coming! 8 years ago
  • Thanks guys for responding, makes me feel a bit better. I'm just very paranoid about these things due to me taking a big risk but I know the risk that I have taken has finally panned out in the long run. I'm making more secondary income now then I was making with envato and I do truly believe and feel that you guys understand us authors / artists. I'm paranoid that a big company may not see the same things that you guys see in terms of what we as a community want, which is total creative freedom. Again, I respect your decision and I understand that this is a business decision and also a risk, I love Creative Market, I spend 80% of my time on this website, I'm also doing everything that I can to promote it and tell other authors about this wonderful website. I want this to be a successful company and I want to feel like I've done all that I could do to make it all that it can be!! my eyes just started watering and I just got goose bumps!!!! 8 years ago
  • See you guys in SF! I'm there 2-3 times a month :) 8 years ago
  • Congratulations you guys! I can imagine this type of decision is hard to make. But in the end, I completely understand. Good for you guys for being brave and doing something big! I understand @Derek Stevenson feelings as well. I've dedicated thousands of hours to Creative Market and made a conscious decision to sell exclusively through you. Mostly because I think you guys are the only people doing it right. You don't saturate the market with generic products, you are very generous with your commissions and I can tell you guys REALLY love design. But as a result a large portion of my business comes from Creative Market, which is scary. But I know you guys really care about the community you've built. I feel like Creative Market staff and community are part of a big family. I hope Creative Market never loses this. I know you guys don't take these decisions lightly. I'm sure you've made a good decision. You guys always have in the past : ) Here's to many more great years! 8 years ago
  • Congratulations guys. We really love this website. 8 years ago
  • Creative Market has been awesome. The high quality resources you guys have to offer have already made huge impacts on my projects. Being a one-man show, I cannot thank you guys enough for having prices I can afford. You are really helping the little guys on both the selling and buying end. Thank you! 8 years ago
  • Big news indeed. Congrats to the entire Creative Market team. Excelsior! 8 years ago
  • This is super interesting news, and I am very excited to see what comes of this big change. Hopefully in this case the change is the same ethos and even more resources to spread the word and grow the audience! =) Change is a big part of life, so I welcome whatever is coming next! 8 years ago
  • Congrats and thank you for such a great community! 8 years ago
  • Congrats to all behind this amazing story! And many many thanks i can be a little part of it ;) 8 years ago
  • Congrats to the whole Creative Market crew, you have done a fantastic job of growing this community (and so quickly). As an author, I would love to hear more about what changes this new partnership will bring. I'm very familiar with other marketplaces (i.e. Envato) and the big advantage I found in CM was the small community feel and trust. For example, adding new items for sale is incredibly easy with CM; there are no hoops to jump through, nor is there a lengthy approval process. I sincerely hope this won't change. If you could further explain the new changes we can expect, I think that would put a lot of author's minds at ease. Thanks and keep up the great work! 8 years ago
  • Big News! Congrats CM :) 8 years ago
  • congrats CM! 8 years ago
  • Thanks for the continued support all! @Joni Solis I understand your concern, but we wouldn't have selected a partner we felt wouldn't take care of the people. We've primarily been in the business of of building communities and inspiring people... and that won't change. @Derek Stevenson As one of the previous HIPPOs of Creative Market, we will continue to lead the strategy for CM. So if our opinions to date have treated you well, you can count on the continued goodness. ;) @Adrian Pelletier The quick answer is that we continue to see a long term vision for Creative Market and will continue working towards it. And while there are some changes that will make sense to support a larger organization we are a part of... at the end of the day, our priority is to keep Creative Market as the best place to buy and sell digital design files... and if we don't deliver on that, nobody wins. 8 years ago
  • @Darius Monsef Thanks Bubs, your opinions have treated me very well, so I'll hold you to your word! :P 8 years ago
  • Congratulations! AutoCAD was one of my first forays into digital design way back in the 90s so Autodesk has always held a special place in my heart. Here's to even bigger and better things at Creative Market going forward! 8 years ago
  • First off, congratulation with your partnership. Really. This is a wonderful market and simple to use. Thanks for giving us the opportunity for selling our goods here! :) 8 years ago
  • As someone who just launched my second shop on CreativeMarket, this is really fantastic news. So proud of you guys and excited for the future, and glad to say that I am a member here. Thanks for all your hard work, and best of luck in the coming years. 8 years ago
  • congrats! Looking forward to seeing what happens in the future 8 years ago
  • Wow, Congrats! Amazing news! :-) 8 years ago
  • Congratulations guys and I fully understand your decision as a company. But to be honest, as a shop owner I care in first place about the opportunities and support level which you provide and this was excellent so far. I have mixed feelings but I hope in the end it will be a great success - for all of us! ;-) 8 years ago
  • Big news man! Creative Market has been an awesome place and i hope it will be even more awesome. Keep your vision and maintain your focus. Congrats and thank you for let me be part of this. 8 years ago
  • Congratulations team CM! I'm glad to be part of your story now that I just opened a couple days ago :) Keep doing what you do and take it to greater heights... because it's good stuff. Cheers :) 8 years ago
  • Congrats guys :) 8 years ago
  • @Darius Monsef, thank you for sharing this news with us, it's amazing and so important. Creative Market is an amazing place and I feel wonderful to be a part of it. A personal approach to the sellers is absolutely amazing. Thank you one more time for your Christmas card and a Christmas gifts, a tees surprise from you, Bubs - and please never change the way you co-op with designers, especially now. Thank you that you are here, CM. I wish you all the best - now and in the future. Cheers to the whole Family - you Guys and Girls! ~Lucas 8 years ago
  • Congrats!! Sounds fantastic! I can't wait to see how it all unfolds. 8 years ago
  • Wow I never knew you were the guys behind colorschemer. I bought that software years ago and got a lot of use out of it. 8 years ago
  • @friskweb And thank you that you are here too! 8 years ago
  • Congratulations CM! 8 years ago
  • Guys, you're amazing! CreativeMarket is one of favorite place to sell my artworks! Thank you so much for your great job done!!! 8 years ago
  • Awesome, Guys! Congratulations! I can't wait to see where this takes Creative Market. 8 years ago
  • I don't know how to take this. Big things are scarry, right? Please do not forget about us, just keep CreativeMarket growing with the same spirit like you did past year. You do a great job for us, as designers. Congratulations! 8 years ago
  • This is a fantastic news. Congrats guys! Can't wait to see what awesome things future bring to the Creative Market. Best of luck! 8 years ago
  • I do feel @Derek Stevenson , as a recently made the move from Envato to CreativeMarket. Although there are hundreds of examples where big companies acquire and destroy good services, for this situation I have a feeling that it will help CreativeMarket grow and become a much more strong competitor to Envato. We have faith in you guys, and I believe your decision is for the best! 8 years ago
  • Wow, this is great news. @Darius Monsef I remember that day when he came to my office an envelope with my first dollar and an appreciation for sell in Creative Market, from there, I have not stopped selling at this wonderful site, in fact a large part of my income comes from Creative Market, I hope that change will benefit both the company and us, the authors. I can only say thank you! 8 years ago
  • I am so impressed. 8 years ago
  • @Ivan Diaz Man, you're so right. Creative Market has treated sellers really good. I got one of those dollars to. That meant a lot. You guys are awesome @Darius Monsef and everyone at Creative Market. Keep up the great work! 8 years ago
  • wow, nice ! 8 years ago
  • I love what you guys are doing! Congratulations! 8 years ago
  • @Darius Monsef : Thank you for creating this beautiful marketplace & Congratulations. 8 years ago
  • Congrats! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 8 years ago
  • Boom! Inspirational, 2 years or so then a multimillion dollar exit. Beautiful. I wonder what startup the lads will do next?... stay tuned I guess : ) 8 years ago
  • Excellent! Congratulations and keep up the great work guys! 8 years ago
  • Its good to read your logic of "if we don't deliver on that, nobody wins." Most folks that know me, understand I do not support corporate america, in fact, I advocate against it, with a very few well deserved exceptions. See, I support creative market because it supports people. It supports the dreams of those who make it successful, and to my humble knowledge from conception of colourlovers to here has never exploited anyone, any company, in fact, just the opposite. Supply lines are clearly supportive of those doing the manufacturing, it has made speciality shops become mainstream,seriously revolutionized the design industry of each and every homeowner and decorator with ColourSchemer, furthering that with ColourLovers and strategic Partnerships with again, small business' and ethically created products. (as colourlovers and printed cloth and more) I honestly, just can't say enough for my support of these folks. And I have seen them launch all three of the mentioned sites. Watched them grow them, watched them always be responsive to the needs of the communities they were building. Having said that, I truly hope the incentive is there for you to keep the current esthetic value of Creative Market. I believe this is what makes it great. The friendliness, openness, communications of the vendors to buyers is the backbone of my purchasing. It is the backbone of my confidence in the marketplace. This particular forum is proof enough of that. Corporate America has a way of taking something righteous and turning it into something exploitive. Please, Please, Beware of that one simple fact. You hold our hearts and our faith in your decisions and actions. The report is out, and by 2016, 1% of the worlds wealthiest will own more wealth than the rest of the 99% combined. You have always created your business ventures on a model much more inclusive. Your actions ensure that part of that 99% are eating, can afford medical and so much more. Your Actions Affect the Lives of Many Individuals and You Make Their Life Better. Please don't ever change that. ~e. 8 years ago
  • Anonymous
    This is an excellent market.I really love you creative market :) 7 years ago