Cheetah Mobile recently held its 2018 CM Global Designer Meetup at its headquarters in Beijing, China, to honor the top designers on CM Design, an open platform for third-party designers to earn money by creating downloadable themes for CM Launcher and Cheetah Keyboard. Nearly 100 designers from 10 countries attended the event, where they listened to speeches by executives, learned more about the apps, and received awards for their performance on the CM Design platform in 2017.
Established in 2015, CM Design has quickly developed into a popular venue for top up-and-coming graphic designers. Through the platform, Cheetah Mobile is cultivating a growing community of highly talented individuals and teams from around the world, capable of responding to the latest trends and bringing users the themes they want. “We are building a robust system to connect designers and users,” said Edward Sun, SVP of Cheetah Mobile. “Not only does CM Design provide freelance designers with an easy-to-use platform to earn money, our crowd-sourcing model also benefits users, as they are given access to a massive collection of stunning themes to personalize their mobile experience.”
According to Cheetah Mobile officials, nearly 3,000 designers and 100 design studios from over 50 countries are currently active on the CM Design platform. Together they designed more than 20,000 themes for CM Launcher and Cheetah Keyboard in 2017, with total downloads exceeding 200 million. Individual designers and design firms can earn thousands of dollars per month, and more than 30 freelance designers have leveraged their success on the platform to establish their own design studios.