When you’re looking to decorate your home or office, you may not be thinking tech, but perhaps you should be. No matter what the view is out your window, you’d probably prefer to be seeing your favorite photos on your wall. Yes, you could frame each photo individually but instead you can create a wall covering with a collage of your favorite photos.
A company called WeMontage has a simple concept: create a wall covering from a collage of your favorite photos. I recently spoke with James Oliver, founder of the newly-created WeMontage, about the company, his third baby. You see, James is the dad to twin babies. Yes, he was inspired (or crazy?) enough to start this company a few days after his twins were born earlier this year.
What Is WeMontage
WeMontage lets you take your favorite photos and create custom wall coverings. You can use family photos, scenic images, wedding photos for personal use or logos, work samples, portfolios for business offices.
Think of WeMontage for business offices, dorm rooms, baby nurseries, basement man caves or anywhere else you want a collage of your favorite photos. The possibilities are as limitless as the types of photos you can use.
The wall coverings are easily removable so you can use one in a college dorm room or rental apartment and move it later. Oliver explained that the coverings don’t damage the walls and can even stick to textured walls.
How WeMontage Got Started
His wife got the idea for WeMontage from watching a show on HGTV, Home By Novogratz. In the show, the family was covering their basement wall with a wallpaper that was a collage composed of black and white family photographs. Oliver and his wife loved the idea so he started researching where HGTV purchased the wall covering.
Oliver’s research revealed that plenty of people liked the idea as much as he and his wife did. Lots of viewers posted questions on the Internet after the HGTV show aired asking where they could get this type of wall covering. After days of research, Oliver discovered that the wall covering was custom made for the show by a digital printing company and that no one was selling this type of wall covering for the retail market.
He and his wife he knew tech was the solution for creating photo collage wall coverings. Oliver doesn’t have a tech background but he does have an MBA and a history of being an entrepreneur so he decided to start a new business selling photo wall coverings.
He was invited to participate in the Elevator Pitch Olympics in Wisconsin in January 2013 to get feedback on his business idea from professional investors. Ironically, Oliver wasn’t supposed to be invited, they had him mixed up with another James Oliver who was starting a tech company in his home town.
Two days after the Elevator Pitch Olympics, he got an email from Start Up Gener8tor in Madison, Wisconsin inviting him to apply for funding for his business. He acquired investors, launched an IndiGoGo campaign (like Kickstarter) and started creating his wall coverings.
Amazingly, he did all this while becoming the dad of newborn twins. As the mom of twins, I am duly impressed by his ingenuity and stamina, as well as his wife’s support. (See, Entrepreneurs Must Have a Supportive Spouse if Launching a Startup, by James Oliver)
Here are some samples of WeMontage coverings created for businesses to display samples of their work:
Creating a WeMontage
To create your collage, upload photos from anywhere — your computer, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. — to the WeMontage website. Select the photos you want to use and press the Shuffle button. You can rearrange the photos, adjust the space between the photos and change the background color.
“We optimally arrange photo collages based on the size of the wallpaper you want, the number of images you have, the quality of those images as well and we make it so they won’t scale up [meaning the images won’t be distorted],” explained Oliver.
You can use wedding pictures, baby pictures, original artwork, scenic photos, beloved pet photos, graduation, prom, bar mitzvah pictures or any other images you would like to see on your walls. Oliver shared with me his idea of a WeMontage of a timeline using pictures from each month of a mother’s pregnancy, from beginning to the end, including the mother holding the baby.
Here’s a video showing you how to create your wall covering with WeMontage:
The price is $10/square foot with free shipping in the US.
The company offers a money-back guarantee. “If people don’t love it, send it back and I’ll give them their money back. That’s how confident I am that they’ll love it,” said Oliver.
Wonder of Tech readers can save 20% off of a WeMontage with the coupon code: WONDEROFTECH.
Here’s a WeMontage collage that Oliver created of his family that will be hung in his babies’ nursery.
I couldn’t resist. I ordered a WeMontage with family photos for my husband’s upcoming birthday (using the WonderofTech coupon). I received the package in about a week and was truly impressed with the finished product. The colors are vivid, the picture quality is sharp and the detail is fantastic. Everyone I have shown it to has said, “Wow!” I can’t wait to give it to my husband as a birthday present!
What do you think of WeMontage? What images would you use in a WeMontage collage? Where would you hang your WeMontage wall covering? Let us know in the Comments section below!