NFT Gift Cards

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February 27, 2022 3 min read

NFT Gift Cards

Bring the people you love NEARer with customized NFT gift cards

Project kickoff on NEAR

To help me build my project (NFT Gift Cards), I  hired Shubhra Agarwal to help design the infrastructure and the front-end of the project. He will be instrumental in designing an intuitive UX and his experience as a full-stack developer specialising in MERN stack will add tremendous value.

We explored NEAR Protocol for the larger part of a month and experimented with various Defi protocols and NFT marketplaces. We also decided to gain some practical experience by studying existing Smart Contracts.

After going through various brainstorming sessions, we finally agreed on the workflow for the MVP.

Progress over the Weeks

In the first week, we perused through the docs of near.org and read about tokenomics. We understood how NEAR works under the hood and gained more clarity about developer tools, SDK files, and the Rainbow Bridge etc. The existing tutorials and video examples on building on NEAR were a great help.

In most cases, NEAR lived up to its claim of being one of the easiest Web3 platforms to build on.

In the second week, we went through NEAR 101 and went through the course content.  Having a background in Ethereum development helped us understand NEAR 102 better and the intricacies of how the Rainbow bridge works, the interoperability layer between Ethereum and NEAR.  This was followed by a deeper understanding of the two development interfaces and the lifecycle of a transaction, the latter of which proved pivotal in writing smart contracts. Taking cues from Feynman’s learning principles, we decided to strengthen our understanding by writing detailed breakdown articles on the Ethereum bridge, Aurora ( an Ethereum Virtual Machine ), and other fundamental concepts. Stay tuned for these articles, btw:)

the existing tutorials and video examples on building on NEAR were a great help.

In the third week, we made a comparative analysis between writing smart contracts on Rust and Assembly Script. Ultimately, we decided to proceed with Rust but felt there was a great scope to rewrite the contracts in Assembly Script for better documentation. This documentation can help ease the transition for upcoming Javascript / Typescript into developing on the NEAR platform.

The UX flow for the front end was another crucial element we wanted to get right. We adopted an empirical research process into the NEAR ecosystem, meticulously noting some of the best practices adopted across the board. This helped us get started on the value propositioning for the NFT Gift Cards, while simultaneously looking to get maximum utility out of the NEAR platform. In most cases, NEAR lived up to its claim of being one of the easiest Web3 platforms to develop .

We capped off the third week by iterating on the landing page and the layout of the website. Attached below is the finalised low fidelity wireframe:

And a peek into some of our initial iterations:

The Plan Ahead

In the fourth week, we will be looking to convert these wireframes into intuitive website designs, adopting some of the best UI principles, and growing the adoption of our project.

Stay tuned for more updates :)

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