It’s been a while since we had some new colors in the DNA Portrait options – we’re about to change that!
We have come up with ten potential color options, and we want your help to choose which ones go on our site. Just vote for your favorite option to help us decide. The winning portraits will appear on the site, ready to be purchased shortly after that!
Help us out and Vote Now!
Voting will end Tuesday, June 10th, 2014.Â
We’re always looking for new ways to create personalized art, so we thought we would share our recent research with you!
We have been looking at a way to create jewellery, from your DNA. The possibilities are endless with this idea, so the process was exciting.
First we took a look at whether we would use the same sequencing procedure as we do with our portraits. We wanted to stay true to our DNA 11 customers and products, but we thought there might be some other interesting patterns in the science that we could work with. We took a look at STR data, to see if it would translate well onto a ring, bracelet, or even necklace.
The numbers in the data would transfer well into measurements of the bands, providing a delicate and perfectly unique pattern for each piece.
Another way we could go about it would be to use our original sequencing, and transfer the entire portrait, or a single ladder onto the piece.
We decided to focus on the idea of a DNA ring. Outside of the DNA data possibilities, there are so many options in the world of jewellery that we have looked at. From the size and design of the piece, to the type of material used, to the way they are physically produced, there is so much to take into consideration. We tried a few 3D-printed prototypes and even discussed with a local jewellerÂ the possibilities of casting each ring.
We started with the above sketches and created some potential digital designs.
Once we saw how the bands could look, we moved forward with 3D printed prototypes.
We played around with silver, gold and titanium options.
We also looked at cutting out the DNA data, compared to raising it above the surface, or etching the full portrait into the ring. The ways of personalizing these pieces never ends!
If you’re familiar with our DNA Portraits, you’ll see the full banding etched into the ring in the above photo!
We’ll keep working on these ideas and let you know what we come up with! In the meantime, let us know what you think or if you have any ideas for cool DNA Art in the comments!
Today, DNA 11 is proud to be launching DNA 11 Labs, a community-driven crowdsourcing design platform.
We often receive requests for special orders from customers who love the DNA 11 design and aesthetic. Many of these custom orders have inspired the products we are launching Labs with. Since great minds think alike, it was a natural transition to turn to our customers to help decide whatâ€™s next.
Leading the way is the debut of DNA Rugs, the most unique art youâ€™ll ever walk on.
The big idea behind labs is really about self expression. We are tapping into one of our most valuable assets; the collective hearts and minds of our diverse global client base.
Eager to get involved?
Go to www.dna11.com/labs. By signing up on the DNA 11 Labs homepage, community members will be able to vote on their favorite concepts as well as have the opportunity to pitch their own. Based on the amount of votes an idea gets, it will be offered exclusively to members where they can pre-order from a limited quantity available.
To capture the perfect kiss you have to have the right gloss to make sure your print lasts a lifetime.
Well we’ve found thatÂ perfectÂ gloss and are proud to announce a new partnership with Revolution Organics.
Starting today, when you purchase a DNA 11 KissÂ Portrait, you will receive a tube of Revolution Organics 100% all-natural Freedom Lip Gloss in your collection kit to ensure your kiss turns out perfectly.
Revolution Organics specializes in â€ś100% guilt-free glamâ€ť meaning that all their beauty products are made from only natural and organic ingredients, are free of synthetic chemicals, parabens, artificial ingredients and petrochemicals and are not tested on animals.
Teaming up with Revolution not only helps us begin the process of “greening” our company, but it also keeps with our tradition of giving back to the community as we’re donating a portion of the proceeds from every Kiss Portrait to the Environmental Defense Fund.
To celebrate our new partnership, we’re also offering 15% off Kiss Portraits until the end of September with the promo code Revolution15.
So feel free to check out our Kiss Portraits and know that not only are you getting a sexy work of art, but you’re also helping protect our environment.
Since we’re all addicted to our iPhones here at DNA 11 anyway, we figured we might as well make good use of our time staring at those little screens.
That’s why we’ve just launched our brand new DNA Art Scanner in Apple’s App Store.
The DNA Art Scanner is a custom QR code scanner that provides customers with the ability to unlock the secrets of their DNA Ancestry Portrait by directing them to their personal ancestry web page to learn more about their maternal lineage.
The DNA Art Scanner was developed by our good friends at Select Start Studios. To download the app in Apple’s App Store visit this link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/dna-11-dna-art-scanner/id408261140
In the coming months we’ll be adding new features to the DNA Art Scanner as we continuing to innovate in the field of DNA art.
For a review of how the app works in conjunction with the DNA Ancestry Portraits check out this video.
The secret is finally revealed!
DNA 11 has unveiled its first new product in two years — the DNA Ancestry Portrait.
Today at the WIRED Store in Manhattan, DNA 11 will be premiering this unique new form of art from life by unveiling the portrait of world-renowned designer and futurist, Karim Rashid, whom TIME Magazine declared the “Most Famous Industrial Designer in All the Americas”. His DNA Ancestry Portrait is featured in the photo to the left.
DNA Ancestry Portraits combine the science of genealogy and the technology of the mobile and social web to create a new form of augmented art.
The DNA Ancestry Portrait encodes a personâ€™s DNA into a 2D barcode that when scanned with a smartphone unlocks the personâ€™s lineage and leads them to a web page where their maternal ancestry, dating back thousands of years to the original homo sapiens in Africa, is unveiled.
The basis of the art piece is a DNA test that determines your maternal mtDNA haplogroup which is essentially your ancestral origins dating back
thousands of years. That data is then plugged into a formula that generates a QR Code that you see in the artwork. When scanned by a smartphone or cameraphone, your DNA Ancestry Portrait will bring you to your personalized ancestry page.
Your DNA Ancestry web page contains a personalized description of your mtDNA haplogroup and its origins, an ancestry map and a thumbnail of
your DNA Ancestry Portrait. You can choose to keep this page private or share it with friends through Facebook and Twitter.