Inspired by the many unique ways in which people chose to store their Seed Phrase, I was determined to create a way to represent the words from BIP-0039 through Art. I started this project back in early June by spray painting dots onto paper that represented individual words from the list.
I quickly realised that
was a terrible idea 🤷♂️😂 and instead I should harness the power of Cryptography, this is where I began to educate myself on creative coding. After months of experimenting with my initial project: 'Genesis Sketches
', and one community airdrop later, I came up with the aesthetic for ‘Seed Phrase’.
Seed Phrase’s aesthetic takes inspiration from the many ways crypto natives have adopted to hide their pass-codes.
By attaching a simple four digit code starting from 0001 (which means 'abandon') all the way up to 2048 (which means 'zoo'), each piece in the collection will translate to a verifiably unique word
from the BIP-0039 word list.
I came up with a way to represent this visually through code 🧠. That's where the idea of a 4x10 circular grid
came in. See if you can work out how these circles translate to the BIP-0039 index, here's an "Example"  for you 🤓.
You might notice how this
idea resembles the engraved metal plates people often use to store/decipher their personal recovery phrases.
There are a number of things that can determine what makes each piece rare, such as...
There are 26 hand picked colour palettes, each containing 6 colors. At mint, a palette will be randomly selected and its order will be scrambled. If my maths is correct, this means there are 720 different colour combinations for each palette (6*5*4*3*2*1 = 720). Basically... A LOT of different colour options!
pallet is determined to be slightly rarer than the other 25. This pallet is completely Monochrome. If you are lucky enough to get this you can officially say "LOOKS RARE"!
2. ATTRIBUTES / TRAITS
These are determined at mint and will control certain aspects of the design (e.g. border or no border). Unlike the colours, these DO NOT have an equal weighting 💪.
The ranking system is as follows:
👌 Kinda' Rare (20-30% chance)
- No Panel
- No Stroke
- Group Square
- Group Circle
3. THE WORD IT REPRESENTS
Each piece visually represents ONE unique word from the BIP-0039 word list. Although you might share similar traits with other pieces, only YOU will own YOUR word.
Naturally there will be words that resonate with the community more than others, for example "Love"  might be considered 'more rare' than say "Tooth" . Did I just RUG tooth 👀
If you haven't guessed already, the selected dots and their positions in the art (see examples at the top of the page) are what depict a number from the BIP-0039 index (1-2048) and therefore connects it to the unique word it represents.
SOURCE OF RANDOM
A common practice in the space has been to use solely block data as a source of randomness (such as the block hash), unfortunately this approach has some downsides...
"A miner has the choice to publish a block or not. If they mine a block that they don’t like they can throw it out! If a group of miners do this, your numbers aren’t random any more!"read more here
With blockchain constantly changing, we chose to adapt with the times by incorporating Chainlink VRF
into our RNG (random number generator) to provide a provably-fair and verifiable source of randomness.
As I mentioned above, some decisions are weighted, meaning they are more/less likely to happen. This is how we create traits that are more
rare than others, cough cough... Monochrome.