With Vellum, my free wallpaper app, I set out to create a new competitor in an stale genre. Wallpaper apps today, with the exception of a few, feel generic and misguided. Along with my own photography, I sorted through thousands of wallpapers to find the exact style that I felt the wallpaper genre was missing. Along with new features not found in other apps and utilizing sources such as satellite imagery, public domain images, insanely talented artists, we launched at the end of January 2017 with over 150 hand-curated wallpapers.
Today, the app continues to grow with our new Daily Wallpaper and Daily Archive Pack. With over 425,000 downloads in just over 6 months, features from the Apple App Store, and overwhelmingly positive reviews from our users, Vellum has dug in as a top wallpaper app.
In 2012, I set out to create one of the most ambitious projects I had ever taken on. I wanted to create an iPhone editing app using textures that I had created for my photography work. At the time, I was giving away a dozen or so textures for free via Instagram. It took off and the textures had been downloaded tens of thousands of times. Working with one of the most talented developer and designer, we built and launched Mextures App for iPhone in May of 2013. The iPad version launched a year later. We won a top app of the year from the Apple App Store, were featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as dozens
I included over 150 analog light leaks, hand-made artifacts, element textures, dusty vintage film scans, tasteful grunge, and tested gradients. We made it so you could stack an infinite number of textures onto your image (Not recommended. That's ugly.) We built in a robust editing suite with custom film presets. And the feature I'm most proud of - we created the first edit sharing platform where our users could share their Mextures Formulas (a combo of textures and photo adjustments) with other photographers through the app.
Today we maintain an extremely active community, a free to use stock photo website - The Mextures Collective, and a suite of textures for Photoshop, with a new app coming soon.