There are many NFT-focused Web3 creators and metaverse mavericks bringing their ideas to life in the .xyz community. NFT-focused decentralized autonomous organization FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for investing in blockchain-based assets. Metaverse-aimed Davatar.xyz helps you use NFTs or photos to create and assign one avatar across all ENS applications. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday we’ll introduce you to an innovative NFT platform where users can mint their digital assets with baked-in smart contracts: Manifold.xyz.
Manifold.xyz is the online home of a new Canada-based NFT minting company built on Ethereum that aims to help artists fully own their NFTs with the use of smart contract technology. Smart contracts are programs stored on a blockchain that are used to automate the execution of an agreement when predetermined conditions are met. Commonly, creators mint NFTs using the same platform that sells their NFT, making it a product of a third party’s minting contract. Manifold.xyz uses their embedded smart contract technology to offer Manifold Creator Contracts, which are aimed to help creators take full ownership of their NFTs by encouraging their work to stand out based on creator’s names. All NFTs minted on the platform are then compatible with, and can be sold on, other NFT platforms such as OpenSea, Rarible, Foundation, SuperRare, Nifty Gateway, and Zora. In August 2021, Manifold.xyz secured $7.91 million in seed funding, helping them to continue their growth and meet the appeal of new users to the NFT space as well as top artists and web3 content creators. These include such creators as accomplished 3D illustrator and digital artist Billelis, Turkish-American new media artist and designer Refik Anadol, and Grammy Award winning rapper and record executive Jay-Z, whose NFTs can be seen on the website’s homepage.
Manifold.xyz customers can use the platform’s Manifold Studio feature to mint their own NFTs without any necessary coding skills. Manifold Studio is free to use, and is intended to help novice creators build their presence in the NFT space while retaining true ownership of their work. Manifold Studio can automatically prepare your creator contract and send it to your browser when complete. Once your contract is deployed you have full control over it and retain the power to mint ERC-721 and ERC-1155 tokens, two major types of Ethereum tokens. The Manifold Studio feature also helps you to mint NFTs out of high-res images and videos, customize the attributes of your NFT, its video thumbnail, and store it in its decentralized storage platform.
This summer, Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki announced his involvement with Manifold.xyz in a series of Tweets about a project called Dominion X. Steve Aoki collaborated with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (the studio behind Robot Chicken and Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.) to present Dominion X, the first episodic series to launch on the blockchain. Dominion X was minted from a custom smart contract via Manifold.xyz with unique interactive qualities directly within the NFT. The debut NFT is a stop motion animated short that introduces the world of Character X, first seen in Steve Aoki’s Dream Catcher pack of eight NFTs.
Manifold.xyz was founded by Web3 developers Eric Diep, Richerd Chan, and Wilkins Chung to serve as the first platform where crypto visual artists can enjoy full ownership of their work. Richerd Chen recently made news by turning down a record-breaking offer for his Cryptopunk NFT. That offer was made by fellow .xyz community member, POAP.xyz. Richerd uses the particular NFT as his profile image, and rejected the $9.5M offer, stating: “To me, my brand, identity, and what I’m building in the NFT space will be way more valuable in the long run.”
We are inspired by the growing list of groundbreaking blockchain solutions making their home in the .xyz community. We look forward to seeing all of the brilliant artistry created by Manifold.xyz users. You can learn more by following Manifold using their perfect match Twitter handle at @manifoldxyz, or by visiting Manifold.xyz.
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