Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are unique digital assets that are stored on the blockchain. The process of turning a digital file into an NFT is called minting, which can cost upwards of $100 on many NFT marketplaces. This can pose a financial challenge for emerging artists with limited resources. The minting process also requires a significant amount of energy, leaving many to explore alternative systems. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a community-driven NFT platform designed without prohibitive expenses on a system requiring less energy consumption: HicEtNunc.xyz.
HicEtNunc.xyz is a Brazil-based platform for transforming art of various kinds into NFTs and monetizing that work. Creatives can use the platform to mint, swap, sell, or give away NFTs. Collectors can use the platform to discover new NFTs for their collections. HicEtNunc.xyz was coined from the Latin expression “hic et nunc,” which translates to “here and now.” It is home to artwork made by thousands of creatives from across Latin America, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe.
Since launching in March 2021, HicEtNunc.xyz has gained a lot of attention from NFT enthusiasts, including those concerned about their carbon footprint. The HicEtNunc.xyz platform is built on the Tezos blockchain, which expends fewer energy resources than other blockchain systems. For example, Bitcoin’s electricity consumption reached an all-time high in June 2021, now believed to be higher than the power consumption of some entire countries. Artist and climate researcher Mike Tyka chose HicEtNunc.xyz to mint and promote his “Portraits of Imaginary People” collection in an effort to support what he sees as “the only practical and ethical future of NFTs.”
HicEtNunc.xyz is also presented as a more economical NFT-marketplace than other platforms. The median sale price of an NFT on HicEtNunc.xyz is only about $16, while NFTs on other platforms can cost over $1,000. The cost of minting artwork on HicEtNunc.xyz is also less prohibitive. It costs about 0.08 Tezos to mint an NFT. As of September 2, 2021 that amounts to approximately 42 cents. Compared to the over $100 cost on other platforms, minting on HicEtNunc.xyz is a highly economical option. HicEtNunc.xyz helps make participation in the NFT space as an emerging artist or a beginning collector easier to consider.
A Twitter search for #hicetnunc2000 (matching their handle @hicetnunc2000) will yield the tweets of many creatives who post links to promote their artwork, such as this one from fellow AI-focused artist Mark Lee, sharing information about a piece he titled “flow state 3.” You’ll also find retweets from enthusiastic supporters of artists they’ve discovered on the HicEtNunc.xyz platform. This retweet from Twitter user and artist @Thisisarobot2, who is based in Amsterdam, promotes Brazilian artist and HicEtNunc.xyz user Marissa Noana. This demonstrates the reach of the HicEtNunc.xyz platform and its ability to attract eager collectors from all over the world.
We are excited to have this innovative, environmentally conscious, and economical global platform making their home among the many forward-thinking projects that make up the .xyz community. You can learn more by following them on Twitter or visiting HicEtNunc.xyz.
The .xyz community is growing with decentralized finance solutions, cryptocurrency tools, and investment platforms, as blockchain innovations continue developing worldwide. Crypto wallet Monolith.xyz aims to make it easier for users to buy, store, and spend their cryptocurrency in the real world. Web application IfYouBought.xyz helps you calculate how much money you would have made if you had invested in stocks or cryptocurrency. NFT-focused FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for investing in blockchain-based assets. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a community-driven launchpad aimed to connect investors with inventors of projects based on a choice of seven different blockchains: Starter.xyz.
Starter.xyz is a community-oriented decentralized launchpad for innovative blockchain-based projects. The Starter.xyz platform is unique for its multi-chain ecosystem, which means the platform supports project launches on seven different blockchains (Binance Smart Chain, Ethereum, Cardano, Solana, Polygon, Fantom, and, most recently, Avalanche). Members can connect their wallet from either of those blockchains for purchasing and storing the platform’s native $START token.
The $START token functions as a means of exchange, store of value, and a unit of measurement inside the Starter.xyz ecosystem. The total supply of $START is 1,000,000 tokens. Out of this total supply, 850,139 tokens are already in circulation. The current market price of $START (as of September 1, 2021) is $6.91. The $START token also provides the power to vote for projects to be launched on the platform.
Starter.xyz uniquely provides projects access to funding opportunities without common obstacles such as complex Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements. (KYC requirements help financial institutions to “know their customer,” stay compliant, and add value to the banking experience for their customers.) Starter.xyz allows developers to submit their projects directly to the platform’s community for review. After review, the community will come together to vote and decide on which projects will be listed. Every community member is required to perform their own due diligence and research before voting for projects to be listed. Every project receives an equal chance to access investment funding, and investors can quickly identify and invest in legitimate projects that meet their requirements.
Successful project launches include crypto lending platform Yamp Finance, gaming-focused social platform Wasder, and investment platform Wall Street Bets. The platform is launching projects that combine two popular utilities of 2021: decentralized finance (DeFi) and iGaming. This combination has resulted in a new term known as Gamified Finance, or GameFi. In September, Starter.xyz announced that Starchi, their first DeFi game, inspired by nostalgia for the original Tamagotchi, was awarded a grant from the Polygon Foundation. Within the game, players are tasked with acquiring and nurturing adoptable digital pets called Starchis from infancy to adulthood. Players are responsible for preventing further extinction of Starchi through friendly battles that allow them to socialize their digital pets and earn wages to become top collectors in the Starchi village. At the end of August, the community voted to list a first of its kind project called BUSTA. BUSTA is the first GameFi project built on the Binance Smart Chain. This jackpot game will also feature a trading and betting module as well as their own Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which will allow the BUSTA community to control most of the ecosystem.
Starter.xyz is a welcome addition to the .xyz community of blockchain innovators and forward-thinkers. We are inspired by their claim to have raised over $20M USD for more than 30 blockchain-based projects, and we are eager to see the projects that come to life. You can learn more by following them on Twitter @Starterxyz, LinkedIn, or by visiting Starter.xyz.
Your website is a place of creative opportunity. It’s an online destination where you can share your philosophies and proudly express yourself and your unique background. Whether you want to showcase your professional resume, your photography, or the varied multimedia projects of your own mission-driven organization, you can use your website to share all of that and more. Tech designer BrianTan.xyz shares his design projects along with information about the Philippines chapter of Effective Altruism that he developed. Prior Amazon leader and PhD in Digital Economy Juan José Delgado uses JJDelgado.xyz to showcase his skills in marketing strategy. Versatile creative Leighton Gray uses LeightonGray.xyz to highlight her variety of gaming, illustration, and podcast projects. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a collective that believes everyone deserves to be celebrated: SuperstarX.xyz.
SuperstarX.xyz is a multimedia collective aimed at destigmatizing and celebrating our differences, with a goal of connection and eradicating oppression. They aim to support their goals through the production of art, film, music, and fashion. SuperstarX.xyz shares the work of their collective through the following channels:
SuperstarX.xyz donates 10% of proceeds from these channels towards wellness initiatives, programs, and organizations. The most recent issue of SXM was released in August 2021 and 10% of all proceeds will be donated to On Canada Project, an organization that aims to mobilize millennials and members of Generation Z to create change.
Nicole M. Weatherly founded SuperstarX.xyz in 2017 after drawing inspiration from her younger brother, Edward. According to The X Story page, in 1999, at the age of 23, Edward was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Nicole took inspiration from Edward’s health journey and his development of unique artwork. She also looked to her own experience of “different” after coming out as a lesbian. She formed the collective to celebrate being human and destigmatizing being so called “different,” through the co-creation of art, film, music, and fashion in support of multidimensional wellness. Multidimensional wellness integrates numerous interrelated domains (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational) holistically.
Throughout the website, SuperstarX.xyz uses terms like “multidimxnsional” and “humxn,” which have a purposeful spelling with the letter “X.” As shared on their Story page, after Edward was hospitalized he began drawing colourful aliens, such as his first drawing, entitled “X.” Nicole is supportive of Edward’s art, considering it a “special medium to share with the world to help inspire greater awareness, understanding, and acceptance of ‘different,’ celebrating all of what makes us ‘humxn.’”
This celebration of uniqueness and authenticity is reflected in SuperstarX.xyz’s selection of artists for the collective, known as X Artists. The website explains that “X Artists are socially vulnerable and/or those who are (or have been) racialized, stigmatized, ostracized, marginalized, bullied, and/or excluded for being “different.” After an artist joins the collective, the X Team begins a collaboration process to co-create a mutually beneficial and sustainable path forward, including multimedia artwork through the Superstar X Magazine or shoppable products for The X Shop.
We are proud to have forward-thinkers dedicated to wellness and acceptance like SuperstarX.xyz helping to define the .xyz community. Just as .xyz is reshaping the future of the internet, Nicole and SuperstarX.xyz are working to reshape how we honor each other’s unique differences. SuperstarX.xyz is a great example of how you can share your own important mission with your .xyz website. You can learn more by following on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or by visiting SuperstarX.xyz.
The .xyz community is home to many visual creatives and digital artists using .xyz to further their career and showcase their work. Visual effects specialist ChristopherKerr.xyz showcases his professional film and television experience. Vienna-based artist and researcher AleydaRocha.xyz displays engaging and interactive art that accompanies her scientific research projects. Experienced filmmaker SarahKuck.xyz shares multimedia content from her extensive career in a well-organized digital portfolio. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to an accomplished creative who displays her oil paintings and 3D digital art on a personal website with a memorable “first name” .xyz domain: Serwah.xyz.
Serwah.xyz is the online portfolio of West Sydney, Australia-based digital artist Serwah Attafuah. Serwah is an oil painter and self taught digital artist. Her surreal cyber dreamscapes and other beautiful visuals are capturing the attention of the digital art world. A 2021 article in The Fashion Law titled “Non-Fungible Tokens Are Here to Stay: How Can Technology Law Harness Them?” references Serwah as one of the first Australian artists to sell an NFT (a piece titled “Voidwalker”). The article discusses how the NFT is programmed so that Serwah will automatically get 10% of the sale price any time the artwork is re-sold.
In a video shared by Sotheby’s, Serwah discusses her background as a digital artist and musician based in Australia. In 2013, after predominantly creating with oil paints, she started working in 3D art. She began creating surreal cyber dreamscapes that illustrate the contrast between the digital and physical worlds. Creation of My Metaverse (Between this World and the Next), her piece for the Sotheby’s collection, contains imagery of a fallen ancient world, grounded planets, and carved stone pillars, all juxtaposed with two figures in the pose from Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. As she explains in the video, someone had expressed to her that she is presenting her own definitive metaverse. A friend indicated that she presents herself as a God of that metaverse, where she makes up the rules.
Serwah’s rise to success could be traced to her early NFT sales on Foundation, a popular platform that hosts live auctions for NFTs. In March 2021, she was commissioned by Nike and JD Sports Australia to create assets for the Air Max Day 2021 hub, but she first found herself at the center of the global NFT conversation due to her sales of “Voidwalker” and “Consensual Hallucinations” on Foundation. “Consensual Hallucinations” sold for 10 ETH (approximately $27k at the time), which is quite significant for one of an artist’s first sales. This led to her being selected to be part of Sotheby’s curated NFT collection, Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale. One month later, in time for Pride Month, she collaborated on an animated audio NFT with Charli XCX. The NFT was featured as part of a collection on Nifty Gateway, a popular NFT platform. Proceeds from the collection were donated to benefit Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). After that, she had three pieces of art featured in a GQ article titled “How to Design a Better Body.”
On her Paintings page, you can see how Serwah’s interests and themes began in one medium and carried over to her digital creations. “Civic Park” 2015 is an oil painting described as an homage to Jesse Edwards (an American artist known primarily for his still life oil paintings). A lighter, a Smurf figurine, a can of spray paint, and a Mountain Dew bottle accompany a singular Nike sneaker in the modern day still life painting. This earlier piece somewhat foreshadows her future collaborative work with Nike. In “Decay” 2015, which Serwah created with acrylic, enamel and oil paints on canvas board, you can see her interest in creating mind-bending visuals, later seen in her work “Consensual Hallucinations 2020,” also displayed on her homepage, in which an ornately adorned, golden female is surrounded by tropical fish.
The Serwah.xyz domain is branded with Serwah’s unique, short, and memorable first name. On Serwah’s Contact page, she provides her email address for commissions, collaborations and inquiries. There is great benefit to a branded email address like [email protected] A lot of her work-related communication will likely be conducted over email, so it’s a great idea to use a custom email address that can generate trust. An email address that ends in the same domain as your website can appear more professional by verifying that the owner of the website and the owner of the email are the same person. Using your domain name to create custom, branded email addresses connects all of your company representatives and public contact emails with your website. By using [email protected], contacts can feel confident that they are emailing with the owner of the website, Serwah.
We are excited to have Serwah.xyz and her empowering images of afro-futurist identity in the .xyz community of visual artists and innovative creatives. You can see more of Serwah’s work by following her on Instagram and Twitter, or by visiting Serwah.xyz.
As new cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects are emerging on a regular basis, the amount of data available on public blockchains is growing quickly. This leads to a greater need for an accessible way of analyzing that data. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a community platform of crypto enthusiasts, analysts, and investors who use the open data available through public blockchains to help each other understand and explain the happenings in the Ethereum ecosystem: Dune.xyz.
Dune.xyz is an Ethereum data platform that offers access to the growing volume of blockchain data. It provides the platform users, known as Dune Wizards, with the tools required to query, extract, and analyze large volumes of data from the blockchain. Dune.xyz aggregates blockchain data into databases that you can query based on the specific information you need. Dune Wizards can analyze large chunks of blockchain data and assemble their projects onto a dashboard available to all fellow users. Sample projects include “which NFTs are ranked highest?” and “which DEX made the most profit last month?” Ethereum Name Service (ENS) recently tweeted a Dune Analytics project illustrating monthly registrations in a recent post regarding their upcoming virtual workshop to discuss the current state and future of ENS.
The platform is the product of Norway-based crypto data firm Dune Analytics, which was founded by business partners Fredrik Haga and Mats Olsen in 2018. Fredrik and Mats participated in Binance Lab’s accelerator program, and earned an investment into Dune Analytics from the platform. Dune.xyz’s customers include some well-known members of the decentralized finance world, such as DeFi wallet Argent.xyz and leading cryptocurrency focused news brand The Block. On August 12, Dune.xyz announced the completion of a Series A funding round in which it raised $8 million. Earlier that month, they upgraded their domain name to the shorter and more memorable Dune.xyz. They also announced “Our new domain is Dune.xyz. While our name Dune Analytics stays the same duneanalytics.com was a little bit too long.” Increasing your website’s visibility online starts with your domain name. Short domain names are easy to remember and quicker to type. Selecting a short, memorable domain name like Dune.xyz can help increase your chances of getting your website to reach your target audience.
You can choose between two types of accounts on Dune.xyz: Community accounts and Dune Pro accounts. Community accounts are free, and allow you to use all the tools and special features available on the platform to review data, create your dashboards, and share your charts with the community. A paid Dune Pro account lets you keep all your research and dashboards private. You can export the results of your research instantly. You can run as many as six searches simultaneously, and the Dune.xyz watermark will be removed from all your charts.
All users can browse through the growing list of dashboards created by other members of the community. NFTX, which is a platform for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), uses Dune.xyz and became a Dune Wizard in August.
Many users are taking to Twitter to share their dashboards or express their pleasure with the communal aspects of the Dune platform. Self-described crypto enthusiast TheNFTer recently tweeted about using a project called “NFT prices vs ETH prices.” He discusses how this project demonstrates that during periods of ETH negative volatility, NFT seems to perform better. When ETH goes up, NFT prices seem to take a dip. An NFT collector tweeted praise for a fellow Dune user’s project titled “Koala Intelligence Agency – Ownership and Sales,” regarding sales of the new and popular NFT collection known as Koala Intelligence Agency. Dune Analytics regularly shares about what is being created in the community. They recently shared about user Colin Platt, CEO of multichain NFT infrastructure Unifty, and his new “Loot Degen Dashboard” which is available for all to use. This dashboard is of particular interest to those familiar with Loot NFT, the new Ethereum-based NFT role-playing project that launched in early September.
Dune.xyz recommends gaining an understanding of SQL to be able to query data and become a successful Dune Wizard. Dune.xyz provides links to helpful resources like videos, courses, and articles on their tutorials page. When you are ready, you can leverage SQL queries to create your custom charts, graphs, and dashboards to visualize large volumes of public blockchain data.
We are so excited to have Dune.xyz join the growing list of blockchain-focused innovators in the .xyz community, many of whom can now benefit from this valuable community-driven platform. You can learn more about becoming a Dune Wizard and harnessing the power of blockchain data by following Dune Analytics on Twitter or visiting them at Dune.xyz.
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are one-of-a-kind digital collectibles that can become valuable investments. More and more forward thinking creatives are populating the .xyz community and harnessing the power of blockchain technology to create, distribute, and invest in NFTs. Decentralized Autonomous Organization project FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for members to pool funds for NFT investments. Publishing platform Mirror.xyz helps writers distribute and monetize their minted work. Crypto art curator FirstEdition.xyz created a blockchain art gallery. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to an all-encompassing NFT platform designed to empower artists to mint and sell their digital assets: Universe.xyz.
Universe.xyz is an NFT-based platform built on Ethereum blockchain technology. It is composed of digital solutions aimed to help artists easily create and monetize NFTs. Universe.xyz provides creatives with the tools they may need to transform items like paintings, songs, pictures, videos, and GIFs into NFTs, as well as the necessary means to sell them via auction. In May, they announced that their seed round raised over $4.3M to build a “Non-fungible universe.” This universe is governed by the xyzDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which is like a corporation (set up on the blockchain), except no single person or group has control. The xyzDAO empowers the community by enabling decentralized decision-making regarding parameters of Universe.xyz, such as fees and future upgrades.
The Universe Protocol has two major functions. The first is a method for creating and minting new NFTs, known as Collections. Minting is the process of turning something, such as digital art, into a part of the Ethereum blockchain as a public ledger. The second function is a method for auctioning off those Collections. Universe Minting is where you can create and edit NFTs, and run them through a review process before launching. You can create one NFT or a collection of as many NFTs as you like. You can edit, format or change the styles of your NFTs before uploading the media and filling out the metadata. Once you have completed these steps, you can mint your NFT immediately or save it for publishing later. Universe Auction, a decentralized auction house still in development, is how you will be able to monetize your NFTs. Once launched, you can create a multi-tier reward system where you can compile several NFTs into rewards. You can choose between Platinum and Gold Tiers, and customize your rewards precisely as you want. After designing the details of the reward packages, you can create a landing page for your auction with photos, logos, and sales copy.
Universe.xyz grants voting rights and the ability to buy and sell NFTs to holders of the Universe $XYZ token. $XYZ tokens are the native currency of Universe.xyz which allows users to buy and sell NFTs. It is an ERC-20 token that allows users to vote on DAO proposals and earn rewards through the staking platform. When Universe.xyz launched on June 6, 2021, one billion $XYZ tokens were released. More tokens will be minted each year to accommodate new users in the Universe.xyz ecosystem. The market price of $XYZ as of August 5, 2021 is $0.1099. The total number of tokens in circulation is 168,226,310, while its market capitalization is $19,737,308.
One of Universe.xyz’s co-founders, Tim Kang, began his career as a software engineer for Deutsche Bank and invested a year of savings in Ethereum in early 2016, before becoming an avid NFT collector. He also developed the Sevens Foundation, which hosts grant programs to help emerging artists with the challenges of getting into the NFT space, such as the rising costs of minting an NFT. He recently partnered with Paris Hilton on a grant called “Empowered By Paris: Empowered Women Empower Women Exhibition,” which called on female artists to create a piece that explores the themes of female empowerment and representation.
As blockchain technology and digital assets continue to increase in popularity, we are excited to see the .xyz community grow with artist-focused members like Tim Kang and Universe.xyz. Learn more by following the platform on Twitter @universe_xyz or by visiting Universe.xyz.
The .xyz community is a proud home to many innovative and forward-thinking fashion designers and clothing brands. Berlin-based menswear brand Goetze.xyz was created by Sissi Goetze and is inspired by the city’s elements of art, design and leisure. Spain-based children’s clothing label Unsmile.xyz donates a portion of all proceeds to the CurArte Foundation to help hospitalized children and their families. Vaporwave streetwear brand PublicSpace.xyz sells high-quality, Los Angeles-made clothing with designs by fashion designer and founder Eric Wu. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday we’ll introduce you to a fashion brand that rotates their online collection of limited quantity pieces every three weeks to provide unique items inspired by exotic locales: Unedited.xyz.
Unedited.xyz is the online home of Unedited XYZ, a Miami-based clothing brand by co-founders Ines Sheero, a fashion creative, and Elio Rojas Riera, a Miami and Fort Lauderdale area realtor. The inspiration for their brand name can be gleaned from an Instagram caption which reads “Do not edit yourself. Be UN-EDITED.” The website features unique mens and womens clothing designed, created, and upcycled in limited quantities. The brand encourages frequent visits to Unedited.xyz because they rotate their limited quantity inventory every three weeks. Visitors must enter an email address to access the website, which helps the brand keep in touch with customers and alert them to important and exciting updates.
The clothing on Unedited.xyz is inspired by beautiful and exotic travel destinations. Current featured items designed for women include the Baru Robe, a linen robe with pink detailing and the eye-catching Unedited XYZ logo. A product description explains that the item was inspired by the Islas del Rosario off the coast of Colombia and was originally designed as a component for an outfit for Burning Man, a popular event held annually in the Black Rock Desert, north of Reno, Nevada, celebrating community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They also feature the Sorrento Windbreaker, described as divine and unique as the Coast of Sorrento in the south of Italy, overlooking Naples. On the For Him page, you can find the Kiva Jacket, a black denim jacket with the words “Protect Yo Energy” across the back. The product description explains that this jacket has a unisex classic fit and is strong and sleek like the rocky beaches of Lake Tahoe. If you see something you like, you’re encouraged to act fast. As production quantities are kept small, Unedited.xyz is able to regularly produce and feature new items to add to your wardrobe.
Unedited.xyz aims to inspire visitors to have fun while putting outfits together, and even more fun while wearing them. On the brand’s How to Wear page, a banner at the top states “Be happy, not perfect.”The page also explains “It’s all about feeling great with what you are wearing because this will bring confidence in you and that’s what we want.” This lookbook page includes a photographs taken by the brand, friends, and clients, and offers suggestions on how to wear Unedited.xyz’s featured products. Take a look at wildly popular Venezuelan telenovela actress Sabrina Seara for more inspiration. She turned heads at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards wearing the Caida del Cielo, a custom bright pink Unedited.xyz garment.
We are excited to have innovative fashion brands like Unedited.xyz populating the .xyz community, especially those that promote originality, confidence, and joy. Keep up with their ever-changing collection of fashions by following on Instagram @Unedited.xyz, Facebook @Unedited XYZ, or by visiting Unedited.xyz.
DaveBailey.xyz is the online portfolio of Oakland-based font designer Dave Bailey. According to his website, he has been designing typefaces and lettering for 15 years, including fonts for RedHat, Magic: The Gathering, Root Insurance, Starbucks, and Dropbox. He is currently collaborating on custom fonts and letters with clients such as Dot 3 Studios, a San Diego-based visual effects studio, and KiloWatts, an electronic musician from Philadelphia. His specialties include font design, font production, lettering, and logo design.
Dave’s Twitter account @davebaily_xyz shows that he is a fan of flying kites and riding bikes around Oakland, spotting classic cars, developing his plant care skills, and promoting opportunities for underrepresented designers. He was able to get his firstnamelastname Twitter handle by adding “_xyz” to the end – a great “life hack” for when you have a relatively common name. He uses his account to share his excitement for how popular his font creations have become in the real world. An especially popular font is Prospectus, which is described on DaveBailey.xyz/fonts as a crisp, bold, and contemporary choice. It’s in use by a wide variety of businesses and organizations including craft seltzer brand Stowe Cider, independent bookstore Upstart & Crow, and Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Company. He also uses his platform to bring awareness to causes he believes in. He recently shared information about The Malee Scholarship, which provides grants, creative mentorship, and professional guidance “to advance and empower women who are part of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the type design field.”
Check out Dave’s Fonts page to see a visual representation of his font work. You can select any of the seven typefaces from the organized grid of fonts to read their description and the inspiration behind them. Some fonts are even available for download. One example is a font called Blkltr, which Dave explains was conceptualized in 2011 when he was working on some bold, flourished, blackletter caps for a freestyle logotype t-shirt design. Another, Prospectus, is described as a bold, contemporary serif family with four optical sizes to choose from.
You can then visit the Lettering page to see examples of Dave’s letter-based logo designs. Click on each option to see the full image of the design with a description. An example is Fun To Death, which Dave explains is a logotype for an electronic music producer, inspired by the funky system of stencil typography used on city streets.
Using a FirstNameLastName.xyz domain like DaveBailey.xyz can make it easier for prospective clients to find him online. When searching for him, they are most likely to use his full name. With a professional website using a domain name that matches his full name, it’s more likely that his professional work will show up in relevant results. Additionally, there is an immense benefit to a branded email address like [email protected] A lot of his work-related communication will probably be conducted over email, so it’s a great idea to use a custom email address that can generate trust and appear professional. Customers can use that professional email address to find your website and feel confident that they’re reaching out to the right person. Find your own FirstNameLastName.xyz and get your custom email address when you register your .xyz domain.
We are excited to have DaveBailey.xyz in the .xyz community of talented creatives. We end the alphabet with xyz, and we think that the .xyz domain ending is perfect for a letter-centric professional who was taught, as he shares on his About page, that practical function matters and that everything has its place. You can see more of Dave’s typeface design work by following him on his well-branded Instagram @davebailey.xyz and Twitter @davebailey_xyz, or by visiting DaveBailey.xyz.
Global interest in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency has been steadily increasing since it’s introduction in 2009. Statistics indicate that there are 310,996 Bitcoin transactions per day. Some can find it challenging to learn enough about Bitcoin to comfortably explore the world of cryptocurrency. There are many online cryptocurrency resources available yet few strong, central locations of collected, helpful information specific to the interests of the Bitcoin fanbase. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday we’ll introduce you to an informational member of the .xyz community who grew a significant following around the rising interest in Bitcoin: Bitcoin.xyz.
Bitcoin.xyz is a Canada-based online information hub all about the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin. As shared on their Facebook page, their mission is “to bring Bitcoin to billions of people worldwide. We are doing this by providing news, information and access to multiple Bitcoin services and features through our portal as well as offering education and insights to our users.” An example of the information they provide is a comprehensive directory of where to buy Bitcoin in exchange for other currencies, found at their Exchanges link. They also offer helpful tools, such as:
As home to a growing community of forward-thinking innovators, including various decentralized finance platforms and blockchain technology, .xyz was a great choice for Bitcoin.xyz to develop their online presence. As they told us, “The .xyz extension can be used for anything, hence the xyz…. which makes it more valuable than any other extension available. With Alphabet giving more brand awareness to the .xyz domain space it was just natural that growing companies also start building on this awesome extension. We chose to do so because we love .xyz and found the extension to be the perfect fit for our site home address. A general site about Bitcoin with many services needed a general extension domain.”
One of Bitcoin.xyz’s helpful tools is the Statistics page, which is linked on the Tools menu. This page provides real-time, up-to-the-minute statistics, data, and exchange rates within all international markets, peer-to-peer brokerage breakdowns, latest blockchain information, transaction set-up, and user-friendly price converters for investors and sellers. Headlining the page is the current Bitcoin live price, which changes regularly. At the time of this post, the value of one Bitcoin to the US dollar was $31,683.13. This page also displays the all-time high (ATH) price of Bitcoin ($64,805), and even the date of that high (April 14, 2021).
Since Bitcoin.xyz’s launch in 2016, the platform has become very popular with a sizable social media following. They’re most active on Facebook, where they have 274K followers, and on Twitter, where they have nearly 20K followers. Bitcoin.xyz’s posts include general information and updates pertaining to Bitcoin, such as news that the currency is now being recognized as legal tender in El Salvador. They have secured @Bitcoin.xyz on Facebook and can easily cross promote with their short, memorable .xyz domain name as their handle name. They acquired @Bitcoinxyz on Instagram and LinkedIn, and @Bitcoin_xyz on Twitter. These handles also make Bitcoin.xyz easy to find, and promote their website URL right in their social media handle.
.XYZ seems to be an easy choice for those interested in the growing cryptocurrency industry. We are inspired by Bitcoin.xyz‘s development of an informational online hub for all things Bitcoin, and we are excited to see their community grow.
Many businesses rely on SaaS (Software as a Service) applications for running their companies and keeping track of their customer’s data. IT professionals suggest that a common challenge regarding these solutions and processes is the inability to integrate different applications, especially SaaS applications. For example, specialized technology solutions provider Apprio experienced difficulty integrating their software with the popular invoicing system QuickBooks. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a cloud-based integration software solution aimed to help organization’s dev teams quickly and easily build low-maintenance data integrations: HotGlue.xyz.
HotGlue.xyz provides a cloud-based tool designed to help developers create simple connections to connect different software tools that businesses use to run their operations. These tools typically include applications designed to fulfill a specific need, such as Salesforce (a commonly used enterprise platform for managing business & customer relationships) or HootSuite (a social media management platform). Hotglue.xyz’s software works for businesses that use applications like these to manage their operations with other businesses, clients, or employees within their company. Co-founder Hassan Syyid told us, “As a tech startup, especially in the dev tools space, we pride ourselves on being early adopters of new tools and trends – whether it’s using a newer paradigm (GraphQL over REST) or a newer domain extension (.xyz), it’s a part of who we are and we hope to help bring these to the community as a whole.“
The Maryland-based software startup coded their platform using the Python programming language, with the intent of helping dev teams quickly build data integration pipelines for a wide range of external sources. Businesses can acquire data from an external source, such as Google Analytics or Salesforce, and import that information (and make sense of the data). HotGlue.xyz’s widget can be embedded into web apps, and is designed to offer a seamless experience. Hassan Syyid recently discussed the future of data integration at Data Talks US 2021, and stated that a great product ‘leads to everything else – great customer satisfaction, natural growth, a great brand, and even a great team.’
As explained on their FAQ page, each “type” of data that businesses need their users to import is called a flow. HotGlue.xyz’s software is preloaded with two popular starter flows: invoicing and sales. Creating and customizing new flows is intended to be straightforward. In many cases, developers only need to select and configure the source, enter their credentials, and choose a target. For instructional assistance, their blog is populated with articles designed to quickly teach users how simple it is to use their platform. Recent posts include How to build a HubSpot integration in under 2 minutes, which explains how to quickly build integrations for the customer relationship management software, and How to build an Asana integration in under 3 minutes, which teaches users how to build integrations for the web-based task management software.
Look to the case studies page for examples of organizations that have had success working with HotGlue.xyz. Specialized technology solutions provider Apprio was looking for a way to integrate their software with QuickBooks. One of their business needs was the ability to transform customer data from multiple sources into a standard format. HotGlue.xyz claims to specialize in transforming, unifying, and correlating datasets, and was able to help Apprio give their customers improved visibility in a real-time database. Revenue data company RevLock uses HotGlue.xyz’s software to quickly build custom, scalable solutions as they’re needed. Chief Technology Officer Irfan Zulfiqar values HotGlue.xyz, stating his team “couldn’t juggle product iteration with the constant need to maintain and upgrade our data pipeline.”
HotGlue.xyz is a great fit in the .xyz community of forward-thinking innovators. We are excited they chose to build their online home on .xyz and look forward to learning about more organizations who have benefited from their services. You can learn more by following the software solution on Twitter @hotgluexyz or by visiting HotGlue.xyz.