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Posted in gift ideas, Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on December 22nd, 2011

Who doesn’t like playing with magnets? And when you throw a little Ferrite into the mix, suddenly you have this alluring Interactive Liquid Sculpture. The products (Ferro, the mini and Ferrite, the larger Desktop version) contain Ferrofluid—an extraordinary material with unique ferromagnetic properties.

From Designer David Markus:
By applying magnetic fields of different strengths, different shapes and formations begin to appear in this otherworldly black liquid. By suspending it in a clear liquid, even more interactive qualities are exposed.

Ferrite has been designed with the desktop use in mind. Its solid aluminum base prevents the display from tipping over, while a matching stylus houses powerful neodymium magnets.

Ferro has been designed as a smaller, more interactive version of Ferrite. It features a cage to protect the glass container, as well as a special encased magnet that rests on the top of the vessel.

Want to get your hands on a Ferrite or Ferro? Back this project!

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Posted in Contest, gift ideas by Courtney on December 22nd, 2011

We’re big fans of Wacom—all of our designers use their products! And to complement our upcoming Grand Prize draw, Wacom threw in a Bamboo Stylus for iPad as today’s giveaway.

Just what you would expect from Wacom—simple but elegant, the Bamboo Stylus offers users a premium experience for notetaking, sketching, drawing, and other forms of creative expression. It brings a more accurate and precise way to take notes in meetings and classroom settings, or to sketch out rough ideas while on the go.

Want a chance to win today’s prize? Re-Tweet our Gift Certificate tweets from from our Twitter feed or publicly “Share” a Facebook post.

Only TWO DAYS left to enter 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!).

Posted in Contest, gift ideas, party by Courtney on December 19th, 2011

‘Tis the season for stylish entertaining. If your service dishes and accoutrements need refreshing, enter today’s give-away for an Umbra U+ TAMBOURINE Cheese Board or an Umbra U+ GRANATA Spice Grinder. Two winners!

Umbra believes that everyday objects can be a source of pleasure when reinvented to combine function with modern technology, stylish design, fresh colors and wit, at affordable prices.

Want a chance to win today’s prize? Re-Tweet something from our Twitter feed, publicly share or comment on one of our Facebook posts, or comment on the blog.

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 Contest, gift ideas by Courtney on December 15th, 2011

Today we’re drawing more holiday cheer and celebrating Day 4 of DNA 11’s Holiday Countdown Contest! Today’s give-away? A copy of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5.

Put the power of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X5 behind your ideas and make a bold impact across any media. This versatile graphic design software packs everything you need to strengthen your visual communication into one tightly integrated suite with vector illustration, page layout, photo editing, tracing, web graphics and animation tools.

Want to win today’s prize? Re-Tweet something from our Twitter feed, publicly share or comment on one of our Facebook posts, or comment on the blog.

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

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

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Posted in Contest, gift ideas by Courtney on December 14th, 2011

Today we’re making a bold statement with our holiday cheer and giving away a DNA 11 Fingerprint Portrait! These unique art statements pop in any room and are a testament to fingers of any age.

Our Fingerprint Portraits are available in an almost limitless number of color combinations to suit any décor and are a great way to show off every family member’s individuality!

To enter today’s give-away, leave a comment on this blog post and tell us who you’d like to get a Fingerprint Portrait for.

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

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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