These iPhone screen designs came about because I decided I wanted to explore the NFT (non-fungible token) space in the summer of 2021. Digital Art and NFTs seem like a very natural pairing, yet I wanted to make something that was not just a stand-alone artwork. I settled on iPhone screens, which could be enjoyed more regularly in everyday life.
NFTs allow artists to market digital works directly, which is really convenient. Previously, I would have made prints or paintings from works that begin as Photoshop renderings in hopes of selling them. When an artwork exists as an NFT, however, the blockchain provides an undisputed claim (and potential trail) of ownership, which is pretty exciting. Moreover, whenever an NFT is resold, the original creator can get a small percentage of all future sales.
The process of “minting” a digital work or artifact as an NFT comes with a very real cost, however, and ultimately I didn’t want to invest that level of money into an experiment. So here are my three “Almost NFT” designs, available to anyone and everyone as a free download. Scroll down below the triptych to access the high-res versions. Note: these are designed at the larger iPhone 10 screen size (1125 x 2436px), but can be used on most any version.
Like my other RGB and Sometimes Y work, these screens begin with a screenshot from the ongoing RGB feed, which you can view here. The feed presents tweets in near realtime from the Twitter public timeline that mention to words red, green, blue, and yellow (in any context). From left to right, the backgrounds above were captured:
- June 6, 2021 at 6:43pm CST
- June 25, 2021 at 10:52pm CST
- June 28, 2021 at 3:19pm CST
From there, I added an RGB star, gradients, shadows, and the transparent cube pattern for additional texture.
Free to Download!
Grab any or all of the individual designs below for use on your own phone: