Normally, when it comes to selling design resources like icons, templates and other pieces there’s no shortage of marketplaces to post your work. That’s not quite the case with UI kits, though, and it sometimes feels like there’s a distinct lack of options for UI designers.
I’ve wanted to do a list of UI marketplaces for a while, but I’ve been holding out for more options to emerge. At this stage, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon. So I’m pretty confident I’ve got the only seven places worth listing your UI kits, assuming you actually want to make any money from them. Here goes.
If you ask on places like Quora or Reddit, the first site designers normally mention is Design Modo. It positions itself as the “most selective” marketplace where creatives expect to pay good money for quality resources.
There’s a certain standard you have to meet to get your work accepted but that only makes it a better place to earn decent money for your designs. It also has a dedicated UI Kit category, which makes it easier for people to find your work.
Creative Market is another name that comes up time and again (recommended in the same Quora thread above). It’s another serious marketplace for quality resources, although it’s a touch easier than Design Modo to get set up and selling.
There’s no UI category, though, meaning you’ll have to list your work under “Graphics” and the sub-category “Web Elements”. The problem with this is it may not be as easy for first-time users to browse and find your work.
The other usual suspect you’ll often hear recommended is GraphicRiver. The average standard drops a bit here but the more popular kits have sold hundreds of times over and some even more than 1,000. It’s a popular patform, too, so your designs should get seen, althoug you’ll still need to do your own off-site marketing to maximise sales.
ThemeForest is part of the same Envato family as GraphicRiver but it also comes with its own section for selling UI kits. The options are more limited and the overall sales figures are lower but it’s another place to get your designs listed – which makes sense if you’ve already signed up to Envato network.
UpLabs is a name that doesn’t crop up quite so often but it’s a real slick platform. The average prices here are a little better than the Envato options and the site’s design really shows off your work in its best light. A great option all round.
UI8 is another lesser-known entry but just as sleek a platform as UpLabs. The prices vary a little bit more so this is a good place to list both your budget and mid-priced designs. Just like UpLabs, there’s also a dedicated UI Kit category which makes you work more discoverable for on-site users.
Visual Hierarchy is a great community of designers where you can sell all kinds of resources. It does a great job of making the sales process incredibly easy – not only for you but also the people buying from you. All you do is sign up, post your work and wait for the money to come in – just the way it should be.
Okay, so it’s been a much shorter list than I would have liked but let’s call this an example of quality over quantity. There are some other places I could have mentioned (not many though) but they’re dominated by free kits, which makes it hard to earn from them. I’m pretty confident these are the seven places you’ll want to list your kits as a UI designer – but I’d love to hear some alternatives if you think I’ve missed anything.