The 20 Best NFT Projects to Follow in 2022

The 20 Best NFT Projects to Follow in 2022

The 20 Best NFT Projects to Follow in 2022 (Updated)

Introduction

There are millions of NFT’s for sale, and it seems like thousands of new projects are launching daily. How do you cut through all the noise to determine the best NFT projects to follow and potentially invest in?

For one, and depending on how much money you are looking to spend, you may not want to look at NFT’s as an investment. There are currently 4 million assets on OpenSea (the most popular NFT marketplace) and potentially millions across other marketplaces like (Rarible, Foundation, SuperRare, NBA Top Shot, and more). Knowing that the NFT universe is immense and ever-expanding, it is safe to say not all these assets will appreciate.

So, you might ask, what should you look for in a project? We find NFT’s with utility (defined below) as a great first introduction into NFT’s and their potential future uses.

Utility NFT

An NFT assigns a use to the digital asset outside of owning just a piece of art. A utility NFT can be one in which you receive a physical piece of art that matches the NFT you purchased; it could be special access to an event, exclusive in-person memberships, or future use in the digital world (think gaming).

Suppose you can find a project with a mission that you can relate to, which also has some form of utility. In that case, you are getting more out of the NFT purchase than simply digital ownership of an asset (art, photo, video, audio, etc.).

Here are the best NFT projects in 2022

Crypto Baristas

top NFTs to follow in 2022 Crypto Baristas

The world’s first NFT funded café & more by us, Coffee Bros.!

Crypto Barista’s Season 2 will launch with 66 caffeine-loving characters whose ownership helps support a coffee growing community in Honduras.

Crypto Baristas 2 begins minting on June 27th, 2022 - View the Season 2 collection!

Owners of a Crypto Barista enjoy caffeinated perks for life at all future cafe spaces and websites. Owners also help fund a community of coffee growers in Honduras, improve their livelihood by Crypto Baristas is looking to partner with a coffee community in Honduras to invest and improve on the farm and producer's operations through transparency, sustainability, processing improvements, and working toward winning the Cup of Excellence in Honduras.

“The goal of Crypto Barista’s is to build a community of like-minded individuals that appreciate art, caffeine, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The project’s ambition is to initially open a physical space in NYC where art and innovation are at the forefront. The future of Crypto Baristas beyond that will be up to the holders and followers of our campaign.”

– Dan Hunnewell (Owner, Coffee Bros.)

The Coffee Bros. Crypto Barista project looks to solve the three sometimes lacking pieces in many NFT projects, governance, community, and ownership. The project will evolve through Seasonal launches, where each season focuses on a new endeavor within the coffee space while providing perks and governance to all holders.


VeeFriends

top NFTs to follow in 2022 VeeFriends

VeeFriends is from none other than serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary serves as the Chairman of VaynerX, CEO of VaynerMedia, and the owner/creator of VeeFriends.

Simply put, VeeFriends is a ticket to Gary V’s multi-day super conference, where only VeeFriends token holders gain access.

VeeCon is the first NFT ticketed conference in the world. VeeCon is where VeeFriends token holders come together as one community to build lasting friendships, share ideas, and learn together.


Dribblie

Dribblie is a Play to Earn football manager, where players from different galaxies fight for glory. Earn by staking, owning, or renting NFTs and make income from what you love doing most - playing football.

Dribblie is the first deflationary play to earn game. Deflationary NFTs mean that the value of the remaining assets increase overtime. Deflation is achieved by unique burning and staking mechanisms which are core drivers of the game and supply chain.

Earn up to $100 a day

Dribblie has used a variety of strategies to help you earn money up to $100 daily by doing what you love.

Here are some of the strategies to earn:

Win Matches

Want to get paid for just playing football? With Dribblie you can earn by simply winning or drawing matches daily. Strive for greatness because winners take it all.

Win Trophies

Football is all about trophies and honors. Win leagues, cups, or private leagues, celebrate with your fans, and earn cash prizes or brand new assets. Keep your assets or sell them to make more profit.

Win Quests

Can you play 5 games with a team of robots without conceding a goal? Let’s see... Test your skills and tactics with daily quests and win awesome cash prizes.

And more!


Fly Fish Club

top NFTs to follow in 2022 Flyfish Club

The Flyfish club is another venture from Gary Vaynerchuk and is the world’s first NFT member’s only private dining club. Flyfish club members will have access to a private dining room in NYC that will span across 10,000+ sqaure feet.

There are two FFC memberships with either 2.5 ETH for the standard Flyfish members or the 4.25 ETH Flyfish Omakase, including the omakase room.

The standard Flyfish membership allows you to reserve a table for up to 8 non-token holding guests. The Flyfish Omakase option will enable you to book a table for the same number of guests, but you can only bring one guest to the omakase room.

The significant part of the membership being an NFT is that contractually you can lease or resell your membership at any point. Knowing Gary Vaynerchuk’s previous projects (Vee Friends), the value of the Flyfish membership will most likely increase over time.

At the time of this writing, the Flyfish club is completely sold out, but they have intentions to roll out additional locations and memberships as they expand.


Azuki

top NFTs to follow in 2022 Azuki

Azuki are the self-proclaimed skaters of the internet as they are “skating between the blurred lines of the physical and digital worlds as they are beginning to blend.”

As a project, Azuki is a collection of 10,000 avatars that give you membership access to “The Garden.” The Garden is where Azuki sees their project blurring the physical and digital worlds. Azuki uses its characters and partnerships for streetwear collabs, additional NFT drops, and eventual live events.

Azuki has also been seen pushing the boundaries with new offerings like their recent Bobu the Bean Farmer. Bobu, the Bean Farmer, was to fractionalize the artwork and create a Bobu Token where all owners in the community can govern the Bobu character within the Azuki universe. The token owners will guide Bobu’s future in this unique web3 experiment.


DeeKay

top NFTs to follow in 2022 DeeKay

DeeKay Kwon is the artist behind the popular #LetsWalk series. LetsWalk is an ongoing project of character walk cycles with the goal of creating 100 of these.

At the time of this writing, DeeKay Kwon has successfully 72 walk cycles and has even collaborated with projects like Invisible Friends, Doodles, and Kibatsu Mecha.

You can find all of DeeKay’s current LetsWalk collection here: https://deekaykwon.com/letswalk


Kibatsu Mecha

top NFTs to follow in 2022 Kibatsu Mecha

Kibatsu Mecha, created by artist and animator Jerry Liu, is a collection and story of 2,222 unique hand-generated and fully animated characters.

Kibatsu Mecha’s range in rarity and have a combination of 7 traits. A handful of Kibatsu Mecha’s will have the “mega rare” title and carry unique characteristics that are not seen across other characters in the collection.

The lore of Kibatsu Mecha: “Kibatsu Mecha and their pilots inhabit Megacity Kibatsu and its surrounding territories. They rumble in the Ataki Arena, one of the city‘s most dangerous yet spectacular fight circuits. They fight for many reasons – for glory, for riches, for the thrill, for revenge, for survival, for power, for honor, for love… but more on that later.”


Doodles

top NFTs to follow in 2022 Doodles

Doodles are a collection of 10,000 NFTs (non-fungible tokens) that are made up of hundreds of exciting visual traits designed by Burnt Toast. Hand-drawn Doodles include skellys, cats, aliens, apes and mascots. The Doodles collection also includes dozens of rare heads, costumes, and colorways of the artist’s palette.

What is so unique about owning a Doodle is that it allows you to vote on community-driven features and future products and events. The entire roadmap for Doodles is a collaborative experience between the collectors and the project architects/designer.

Doodles also has a community bank called the “Doodlebank” which is their treasury that is community governed and will be used to fund new experiences. Currently, and at the time of this writing, the Doodlebank holds over $5M in funds.

Doodles have seen the most unique progression in the NFT space after launching their Space Doodles project. “Space Doodles are personal spaceships for your Doodle. Each Space Doodle is generated from over 200 audio-visual traits and accompanied with stats that reflect the competency of your Doodle in its spaceship. Space Doodles and their stats will be used in future Doodles experiences that deliver surprise and delight to the wider NFT ecosystem.”


Women Rise

top NFTs to follow in 2022 Women's Rise

Women Rise is a 10,000 randomly generated collection by the internationally acclaimed visual artist Maliha Abidi. The goal of the collection is to make the NFT space more inclusive and diverse by introducing more women characters as well as donating a percentage of primary sales to funds that focus on gender equality, girls’ education, and mental health in marginalized societies.


Propert’s Virtual Realty

top NFTs to follow in 2022 Propertys

Property’s is the most innovative real estate collecting game in the NFT & metaverse space. Bringing together the mechanics of the world’s most popular games, they aim to provide an experience never seen before – on & off the metaverse. Each NFT is a collectible card that displays a piece of real estate inspired by different cultures & economics.

Property’s has been feverishly adding partnerships with other brands and NFT communities ahead of their launch. One such partnership is with the Crypto Baristas where the Property’s game will feature Crypto Barista-themed coffee shops and carts throughout the land.

Keep an eye on Property’s as their game is part of the Sandbox user-generated world which is just beginning to take shape.


Moonbirds

The best nft projects to follow in 2022 Moonbirds

One cannot mention the best NFT projects of 2022 without mentioning Moonbirds. Moonbirds are 10,000 utility-rich NFTs whose ownership unlocks private club membership and additional benefits. Moonbird was created by the PROOF collective, a private community of 1,000 NFT collectors and artists.

Moonbirds are also a Cc0 project, which means holders own their image's intellectual property (IP).

The initial mint price for Moonbirds was 2.5 ETH; at the time of launch, it was roughly around $7,000. Seven days after the initial drop, Moonbirds skyrocketed to an astonishing 36 ETH. Current trading volume has accumulated to $535M at the end of May 2022.

Some of the Moonbird perks include:

  1. Access to the PROOF exclusive Discord community
  2. First dibs on PROOF's upcoming metaverse project
  3. Additional perks and utility that increase in scale the longer holders "nest" their Moonbirds NFT

One of the most refreshing aspects of the Moonbirds project is that they DO NOT have a Discord channel! Please visit the Moonbirds official Twitter page for all the up-to-date information.


Invisible Friends

The best NFTs to follow in 2022 Invisible Friends

Invisible Friends is from animator Markus Magnusson, who brings 5,000 invisible walking characters to life. Markus Magnusson is rightfully known as Motion Markus, and if you take a look at his Vimeo, you can see why.

The Invisible Friends project is set to go live in February of 2022 and has already gained a massive following of Discord (250k+ members) and Twitter (373k followers).

If you are not lucky enough to beat the odds and mint one of the 5,000 characters, Markus has launched a very well designed merch bundle which can be found here.

Even the illustrator of the Crypto Baristas project is in love with Invisible Friends and can be seen speaking about the project on his blog about Best Illustrated NFT Projects of 2022

I know I already talked about a walking project, but it is a highly complex animation sequence to create. And in my opinion — if the character needs to walk in place as a loop, it is incredibly more difficult. This project takes my fear and walks all over it—pun intended.

Tony Bui of Crypto Baristas

Treeverse

The best NFTs to follow in 2022 Treeverse

Treeverse is an open-world, fantasy and sci-fi based MMORPG with an action-packed MOBA-style combat system. Slay beasts, forge mighty weapons, entice the biggest fish, form guilds, defeat dungeons and explore the deep lore. The living world of Treeverse awaits those daring enough to conquer it.

https://nftnewstoday.com/

Treeverse has been consistently in the top 100 of NFT purchases on OpenSea and has gained much attention on social media.

While Treeverse has yet to develop a website, they are already deep into development with EndlessCloudsHQ. Endless Clouds HQ puts out monthly updates on how the game is coming along which can be seen here: Monthly Updates


MekaVerse

The MekaVerse is a collection of 8,888 generative Mekas with hundreds of elements inspired by the Japan Mecha universes.

The MekaVerse project was created by Mattey and Matt B, two friends and 3D artists who have jumped feet first into the NFT space.

The roadmap of the MekaVerse project includes bringing to life the Mekas through high-quality, 3D-printed toys. The MekaVerse project continues to unfold as the roadmap is driven by the founders and holders of the characters. The project’s future ambitions include streetwear, collaborations with famous artists, and potential short films using the characters.


Nouns

The Nouns project attempts to bootstrap identity, community, governance, and a treasury that the community can use to create long-term value and project expansion.

Nouns.wtf will be minting one Noun (NFT character) every day, forever. The unique aspect of the Noun project is the formation of their own DAO treasury (decentralized autonomous organization) which collects 100% of the funds from the NFT sales. The treasury is controlled and governed by the Noun holders who will decide its future use, project direction, and more.


Creature World

A 21-year-old visual artist from NYC, Danny Cole strives to actualize imagination through his Creature World project.

The project itself has a ton of buzz around it in the NFT space but is still somewhat mysterious. There is www.creature.world, an interactive space where the creatures guide you through a virtual journey. It is unclear if your purchased characters will eventually make it into the virtual world or the project’s overall intention. Regardless of the direction, we are excited to see how this one unfolds, as the secrecy behind the project is quite captivating.


Adam Bomb Squad

If you are a fan of streetwear fashion, then the Adam Bomb Squad project is for you. The Adam Bomb Squad project was created by The Hundreds (a famous streetwear brand that launched in 2003).

The project’s premise is three-fold, where they look to bring identity, community, and ownership to the NFT space. The “Adam Bomb” is The Hundreds world-famous logo/character and the Adam Bomb Squad project looks to chronicle the 18-year history and use of this character.

“As is customary, we will be anointing NFT holders with perks like exclusive merchandise and early links to drops. Our dreams are outrunning the infrastructure, but a major unlock with these NFTs will resolve that outstanding Ownership piece in promoting a brand. We are working on technology to allow Adam Bomb Squad NFT holders to 1) buy The Hundreds clothing featuring their bomb and 2) be rewarded for the sales of the clothing to others. We want The Hundreds to win, but there’s no reason why our community shouldn’t also partake in the upside.”

The Hundreds

Claylings

The Claylings are another highly sought-after project and are currently ranked 5th in overall trending volume ($6.42 million as of the writing of this article).

The Claylings project looks to bring clay animation to the blockchain, where they intend to launch 4,040 characters. One of the project goals is to establish a Claymation short film that can feature one of the previously minted characters (it would be cool to see your character in the movie).


Autograph.io

Autograph.io is more of a marketplace than an individual project focused on athletes, entertainment, culture, and unique digital experiences.

The project was Co-founded by Tom Brady and had tremendous backing, including a well-represented board of advisors from Naomi Osaka, Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, and more.

Athletes drive the current focus of Autograph.io focused NFT’s, including the professional’s authentic signature, future drops access, and private Discord channel entry.

It will be interesting to watch this project unfold due to the support and backing of all those involved. Though it is very athletic-focused now, keep an eye out for a quick expansion into entertainment and unique digital/in-person experiences.


Decentralands

Decentraland is a virtual world with its own DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) that hands over control to the virtual space users.

Decentraland’s world is fueled by their marketplace of virtual in-game assets like land, wearables (for your characters), and more.

All that is needed to play is a web browser and a cryptocurrency/digital asset wallet like MetaMask. While the wallet is unnecessary, it improves the game’s experience as your wallet keeps all your digital assets safe, like names, collectibles, and LANDS.

Honorable Mentions

Cryptoon Goonz

The best NFTs to follow in 2022 Cryptoon Goonz

Cryptoon Goonz is by creator and tattooer @SeanTat2s and is a 6969 generative rubber hose style characters project with hundreds of unique traits.

Cryptoon Goonz reminds us of early Mickey Mouse style art, and each piece is decked out in pop culture, hip-hop, and streetwear references.

Cryptoon Goonz has a solid and passionate Discord community of >10,000 members and is worth the following to learn more about the project.

Moon Boyz

The Moon Boyz is a collection of 11,111 unique characters living on the Ethereum Blockchain. Unique and 3D designed, each NFT comes full membership to an ever-growing community and excellent utilities.

The Moon Boyz project is ever-evolving where the Phase 1 roadmap includes:

  • Moon Boyz Party (for the holders of the rarest characters)
  • Exclusive merch for holders
  • Private club access
  • And more

 


How to Assess the Value and Worth of NFT’s

OpenSea is the largest marketplace for NFT’s, and at the time of this writing, they have over 4 million assets for sale, and this number continues to grow exponentially every day.

The value will certainly decline with each new piece of artwork or project that launches in the NFT space. An overwhelming number of art and artists will lead to further confusion on what will or should hold value.

To understand if NFT’s will hold future value, you must first look for the following:

  • Rarity/Celebrity: Is the project highly desirable, limited supply, and or created by a celebrity?
  • Utility: Does the NFT project have use outside of just being a piece of art?
  • Uniqueness: Is the art/project unique, or does it follow the same 8-bit formula as those in the past?

Famous NFT Project

Let’s start with the most obvious, a project that has an influential creator or backer which may also have a very limited supply.

If you look at any project tied to a prominent figure or company, they have typically sold out in minutes, and secondary transaction values have increased steadily. A steady increase in value all comes down to brand or fan loyalty, and the marketplace for these types of offerings is much more comprehensive than your standard NFT.

Twitter

Twitter launched its first NFT project in June and saw tens of thousands of bids on the first day. Those who were fortunate enough to purchase any of the initial NFT’s huge gain even within the first week.

Twitter minted 20 pieces of their Fury Twitter logo, several of which they gave away, but initial purchasers were paying upward $56k for one.

 

  1. Fury Twitter NFT video saw its first purchase on 6/30/2021 for $56,900
  2. A recent purchase of one of the Fury Twitter videos came in at $124,927 on 8/12/21. This secondary purchase equates to a 121% gain in less than two months.

Utility: Does your project have use outside of just being an art piece?

Utility-driven NFT’s are the future of the space as your average consumer can better correlate real-world value to these assets. The biggest argument you see online with NFT’s is that it is just a JPG file that can be quickly screen grabbed. While you can undoubtedly screen grab anything online, it, unfortunately, does not define ownership. To go one step further toward creating value outside of owning the rights to a digital piece of artwork is to create a Utility NFT.

Projects that define themselves as Utility range in scope from real-world items (buy the NFT and get the hand-painted artwork), events, use in a digital world (think gaming), exclusive in-person memberships, or investment and ownership toward a physical space.

Utility NFT: An NFT assigns a use to the digital asset outside of owning just a piece of art. A utility NFT can be one in which you receive a physical piece of art that matches the NFT you purchased; it could be special access to an event, exclusive in-person memberships, or future use in the digital world (think gaming).

Many projects fit the above mold from Gary Vaynerchuck’s VeeFriends, Crypto Baristas, Fly Fish Club, and Nouns. We implore our readers to dive into these projects to see what utility-driven projects are out there.

Unique Project

One thing to look out for is the uniqueness of the project and art. You will find NFT art with slight spinoffs from previously popular projects, and for the most part, these should be avoided.

Always look to see who the artist is, is the project hand-drawn or generative, is their utility involved, and is the project owner verified on the marketplace of sale (though this at times does not mean much).

Conclusion

It is not always easy to determine what makes a great NFT project or a worthy investment. When choosing the best NFT projects in 2022, we assembled projects that were more than just artwork (called Utility NFTs).

Utility NFT’s are those that assign a use to the piece of artwork, such as access to an event, exclusive in-person membership, or assets in a game. When deciding what to look for with your first purchase of an NFT, find a utility project that you would benefit from. For example, Crypto Barista’s is a coffee-themed NFT project that funds a café in NYC while giving caffeinated perks back to the holders (such as discounted coffee, free drinks, and more). VeeFriends is another Utility NFT that provides access to a multi-day super conference. Both of these NFT’s hold value beyond the artwork, which makes the purchase more sound.

As we monitor the NFT space in 2022, we will continue to add to our Top 20 Best NFT Projects to Follow list and ensure to have the latest and greatest project.

Until then, catch up on some of our other reading regarding NFTs.

Top NFT Influencers to Follow

Top 10 NFT Discord Servers

NFT Guide for Beginners

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