Archive for December, 2011
Posted in Contest, gift ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on December 13th, 2011

We’re spreading colourful cheer today thanks to our friends at GelaSkins, who gave us two $40 vouchers to give away.

The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.

Wanna win? Visit our Facebook Page and “Share” today’s contest post. We’ll choose a winner at random!

Stay tuned all week for a chance to win DNA 11 portraits, CanvasPop prints and more!

(And if you haven’t yet entered to win the grand prize, enter today!).

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Posted in gift ideas, media by Courtney on December 13th, 2011

On December 13th, CTV Morning featured DNA 11 on the show. Check out the segment with host Lianne Lang and our PR Manager Suzy Kendrick. Lianne was great sport trying out a DNA collection kit and even giving us her best smooch for a kiss portrait. It’s not too late to get your DNA 11 gift kit and give someone special a truly unique piece of art this holiday season!

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Posted in Contest, gift ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on December 12th, 2011

DNA 11 is merrily making the holidays even brighter with our Holiday Countdown Contest. With a Grand Prize and daily giveaways, we’re spreading the holiday cheer one day at a time!

Grand Prize (Value $600+!)
•   DNA Portrait from DNA 11
•   Canvas Print from CanvasPop (18×24″)
•   Bamboo Capture Tablet from Wacom

Daily Giveaways — December 12-23!
In addition to giving away a DNA Portrait and CanvasPop prints, some of our friends have also donated some goodies to help spread the cheer. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win great prizes from GelaskinsSincerelyBlurbMooCorelUmbra and more!

Contest Details
•   Grand-prize entries are accepted here until 12:00pm EST on December 23 at 12:00pm.
•   One grand-prize entry per person.
•   The grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email on Dec. 28, 2011.
•   Daily winners will be chosen at random by the CanvasPop team.

Happy Holidays from DNA 11!

Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Educational, gift ideas, Just Cool, Science Tattoos by Courtney on December 8th, 2011

If you’ve already ordered your DNA 11 Gift Kit but still need something for the science-lover in your life, look no further! We’ve curated a few must-haves of the season, celebrating everything from molecules to DNA, sterling-silver to jellyfish.

Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Poster Art Prints (above)
If you’re like us, everyday is a celebration of Watson and Crick, the duo who together proposed the double helix/spiral staircase structure of the DNA molecule in 1953. Now you can pay tribute to your favourite scientists in style with these Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Prints.


Intro to Molecular Bonding T-Shirt
If you put six H’s, two C’s and one big O in a room together, what would happen? Consult Figure 1: Alcohol at a Party. Available as both men’s and women’s tees, it’s a perfect gift for those scientific party animals.





Biochemies DNA Plush Toys
These DNA plush toys magnetically interact where they hydrogen bond! These little guys aren’t available for purchase yet, but you can back the project on Kickstarter for first dibs on a set of your own when they’re released in March 2012. These happy bases would make great desk toys, educational tools, or gifts for current and aspiring scientists.



Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit
This culinary kit is more like chemistry set, containing sachets of agar-agar, calcium lactate, sodium alginate, soy lecithin and xanthan gum to help aspiring molecular chefs experiment at home. The kit also includes an arsenal of tools like a syringe and silicone tubing, plus a DVD of 50+ recipes for molecular implosion.
via Wired


Desktop Jellyfish Tank
Because regular aquariums just don’t cut it anymore! This kit includes all the essential tools to get started, from the 7 gallon tank, air pump and feeding tube, to a voucher for moon jellyfish delivery (they’re guaranteed to arrive alive!).  It’s the first affordable aquarium designed specifically for jellyfish and it’s as easy to maintain as a regular fish tank (which jellyfish can’t live in because they get sucked into the air filtration system). Available for pre-order.
via Kickstarter


Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Body art meets popular science in this mind-blowing collection of science-inspired tattoos. Written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for reflection on the science in question—whether it’s the importance of an image of Darwin’s finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist.




DNA bases charm bracelet
Charm her with a DNA bracelet! This sterling-silver bracelet was created to honour Rosalind Franklin, who’s x-ray crystallography work was critical in Watson and Crick’s determination of the double helix structure of DNA. The bracelet features charms of the four bases found in DNA: A, C, G, and T.


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Posted in DNA Ancestry, gift ideas by Courtney on December 6th, 2011

Do you want to give truly personalized and unique gifts for the holidays? DNA 11 makes it fun and effortless. When you order a DNA Portrait, DNA Mini Portrait, Fingerprint Portrait, KISS Portrait or Ancestry Portrait as a gift, we’ll send you a slender gift kit with a DNA gift card, instructions, collection kit and everything else they need to get started.

DNA Portrait
Give the world’s most personalized art on canvas! They’ll be amazed at the transformation of their DNA into art and will love the limitless style, color and size options. It’s the perfect gift for individuals, couples and families who already have everything.


Fingerprint Portrait
No two people have the same thumbprint, so why have the same piece of art? Give a DNA 11 Fingerprint Portrait as a stunning testament to their individuality. Available in an almost limitless range of styles, colors and sizes, these tremendously unique portraits make bold art statements for anyone on your list.


Kiss Portrait
A kiss is more than just a kiss! With a DNA 11 KISS Portrait, her lips will become fine art. We’ll send you a collection kit to put under the tree, then she’ll capture her kiss and choose the combination of color, style and size that suits her personality and décor.



Ancestry Portrait
The perfect gift for an information addict or history buff, our Ancestry Portraits encode genetic lineage into one-of-a-kind canvas art. The recipient’s maternal lineage—dating back more than 20,000 years—will be unlocked and transformed into a scannable barcode that links to a personal ancestral page.

DNA Mini Portrait
A compact version of our larger works, the DNA Mini Portrait measures 8″x10″ (20 cm x 25 cm) and is a custom giclee print protected by a glare-resistant glass frame with stainless steel accents. It can easily be displayed on a shelf, desktop or wall, so it’s also perfect for corporate gifting.

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool, Office Space by Courtney on December 1st, 2011

Here at DNA 11 we have cool offices, but can admit that this Tetra-Shed deserves some attention.

Our friends at Gizmodo shed light on this dramatically-designed modular office space:

Each shed provides a private or semi-private workspace for a couple of employees, complete with deskspace, overhead storage, and subtle recessed lighting. A series of windows and a front door let additional light in, but the whole thing can be sealed up when complete privacy or quiet is needed. (Coming in January)

This cutting-edge workpod was designed by David Ajasa-Adekunle, a London architect who obviously knows how to design a unique space to foster productivity and creativity.  Once available, Tetra-Sheds can be clad in either copper, zinc, corten steel or marine plywood and internally lined in either birch faced plywood or plasterboard.

What would you rather work in—an open concept or angular pod?

Photo via Gizmodo.
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Looking for corporate art? Create a photo canvas for your office: Visit our sister site CanvasPop.