Sure it’s true that people have been making custom Home screens for Android phones for years, but it’s a new thing for those of us who live in the iOS world. The arrival of iOS 14 and widgets has changed the way people look at their Home screens and one artist has been able to take advantage of that.
By selling icon packs and earning a massive $100,000 in less than a week.
In a blog post outlining exactly what went down, this particularly wealthy artist explains that he was able to put the icons together and then get them up for sale within just a couple of hours. After that, it was a case of seeing what happened.
As soon as I noticed the hype, I put together some icons in my own style, downloaded some widgets, and tried it all out. I thought it looked cool, so I shared a screenshot of it on Twitter. Right away, people started asking about the icons in the screenshot. So I quickly packaged them, uploaded them to Gumroad, and embedded them on a Notion site using Super. All of this took about two hours.
The result was a number of Apple sites picking up the icons and even MKBHD sharing them in a YouTube video. From then on out, the money just flowed in at a ridiculous rate.
Then, MKBHD happened. He shared a video about all of this—using my icons for his setup, and linked them in the description. The next thing I knew, I was making $28 what felt like every 28 seconds. My phone turned into the ultimate dopamine dispenser (if it wasn’t already). I had to disable notifications.
The day after, sales jumped from $6k to about $40k, and during the time of this writing, sales are at $116,147 from 4,188 customers.
Icons are live! https://t.co/7GdTPMgBY6
— traf (@traf) September 21, 2020
That’s a huge number of downloads for a $28 icon pack and it could mean we now see more people follow this artist’s path. Could this be the dawn of a new age of iOS Home screen customization?
It will if people can earn that kind of money in just six days!
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