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How to Display NFT Art: A Guide to NFT Displays

BY Rupendra Brahambhatt

March 22, 2022

As of 2021, the NFT market was valued at a staggering $41 billion – just nine billion dollars shy of what the physical art market generated in 2020. As the sales of non-fungible tokens continue to ramp up, it’s very possible the NFT market could one day meet or even surpass the value of traditional art. Of course, there are many hurdles NFTs need to overcome before that happens – one of which is how exactly to display them.

Physical artworks are easy to show off. Simply frame them and put them above a fireplace, in a gallery, or on an easel. But in the case of NFTs creators and collectors can struggle to showcase their collections.

So what’s the solution?

Print your NFT

If you’re looking for the cheapest way to showcase your still-image NFTs, you can print them like you would any other image. You can even attach a QR code that can be scanned for verification, or for purchase. Simply go to a QR-code generator site like Scanova or QRCode Monkey, and enter the URL associated with your NFT artwork. Once you paste the URL, the website will generate a QR code.

If you aren’t sure about the type of paper, print size, or finish you should choose for your NFTs, brands like Solid can help. These brands employ advanced technologies to provide high-definition NFT printing services to their clients. You don’t need to worry about canvas size, frame quality, print durability, or texture. The NFT printing company takes care of everything, and your physical NFT is delivered in a hassle-free manner right to your door.

Now all you need to do is find a perfect place to display your artwork. 

Digital NFT frames

Digital NFT display frames might be the coolest way to showcase your art. While printed NFTs allow you to display still images, digital displays allow you to exhibit NFTs that exist in the form of videos or GIFs. One digital frame option is Tokenframe. These frames come equipped with an anti-glare display, stereo speakers, and an auto-rotating function. Moreover, these digital frames can be controlled by your smartphone, so you can also easily switch between multiple NFTs and their respective QR codes on the same frame. 

In January 2022, a Web3 media company Atomic Form received the (CES) innovation award for its 4K NFT display – Atomic Form Wave. This state-of-the-art digital NFT frame is connected with the user’s crypto wallet and verifies every NFT on the blockchain before displaying them. Users can also share, manage, and lend their NFTs to each other using the Wave device on Atomic Form Hub.

In a press release, Atomic Form claims, “The Wave has also been battle-tested at The Gateway where we simultaneously used 50 units and the software has been battle-tested at Phillips for Slime Sunday as well as Christie’s (Justin Aversano), and the Pellas Gallery in Boston.” Recently, Atomic Form announced that a new version Wave F2 would be released in the month of March, and the pre-sale participants will receive a “special version” of the company’s latest NFT display.

Another player that aims to bring NFTs into the real world is Infinite Objects, a startup that offers electricity-powered display frames for video NFTs. To get your video NFT, you are first required to upload the file on the Infine Object website. Next, you pay between $79 to $450+ depending on the type of frame you choose, and within a couple of weeks, you receive your NFT.  

You don’t need to worry about your video getting cut off either, as the frames from Infinite Objects can support videos that run for even 24 hours. Moreover, if you are an NBA Top Shot NFT holder, then you also receive an authentication certificate along with your printed NFT. They accept payment in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDC.

Just like the NFT industry, the NFT display market is also expanding fast, so Tokenframe, Atomic Form, and Infinite Objects aren’t the only companies that offer digital NFT display frames. However, if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy digital frame, you can consider multi-functional products like the Samsung QLED HDR Smart TV instead. The TV comes with an “Art Mode” setting that can be used to display your NFTs or any other artworks when you aren’t scrolling Netflix.

Display your NFT collection online

The credit for the success of NFTs also goes to marketplaces like OpenSea, Raribe, Nifty Gateway, and SuperRare. Millions of buyers visit these NFT marketplaces every day, and most of the revenue generated by the NFT industry comes from them. Because of this, they are a great go-to choice for displaying your digital art collection.

Apart from online marketplaces, you can also try display websites like Showtime, Collectors Hub, and Lazy, where artists and collectors post their NFTs on a regular basis. If you already have a decent number of followers on social media websites like Discord and Twitter, then launching your own NFT art website is also an option.

Finally, a private website or portfolio allows you to display and sell your NFTs any way you want. You don’t have to follow any unwanted terms and conditions, plus you are free from any marketplace fee and restrictions. 

Display your NFT collection in the metaverse

NFTs are multi-dimensional assets, and their presence isn’t limited to online marketplaces and digital frames. Virtual worlds in the metaverse also have their own art galleries or spaces perfect for displaying NFTs. For instance, in Decentraland and Sandbox, people can buy digital land where they can organize an NFT art display event (or exhibition) and invite other users.

Once you have signed up and purchased virtual land, you can organize art shows, auctions, and other events to display, promote, or sell your NFT collection. You can also create special passes and tickets for such events and share them via social media platforms. 

However, if you are a new artist and platforms like Decentraland are very costly for you, you can also try Cyber, where users can freely exhibit their NFTs. Obviously, the footfall in such less popular spaces is low, but they are great for organizing immersive NFT art exhibitions and attracting an audience of your own.

These alternative NFT display methods have the potential to narrow the gap between the digital art industry and the real world. They can help introduce NFTs to audiences that may not otherwise be aware of the developments taking place concerning web3. With their unique visual appeal, NFT displays are also likely to increase the acceptance of blockchain technologies among the masses.

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