Posts Tagged ‘DNA 11’
Posted in Art+Science, Photography, Science by Brittany on July 16th, 2014

Microscopic Paintings

These images look like fine art paintings – but they’re not. They’re actually made from layers of microscopic images.

Artist Rebecca Clews takes hundreds of microscopic images, and combines them until they create a final work she is happy with. Many of the color and texture combinations look like abstract landscapes that reflect her growing up in rural New Mexico. The microscopes became a fixture in her work through school, and her parents background as scientists.

Take a look at some of the amazing work she has created, piece by piece.

Microscopic Paintings

Microscopic Paintings

Microscopic Paintings

Microscopic Paintings

Microscopic Paintings

Via My Modern Met

If you like the combination of science and art, check out how to make your own with DNA 11.

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Posted in Color, Contest, DNA Art, new product, Promotions by Brittany on June 3rd, 2014

New Colors for DNA 11

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!

Vote Now Colors

Help us out and Vote Now!
Voting will end Tuesday, June 10th, 2014. 

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What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

The numbers in the data would transfer well into measurements of the bands, providing a delicate and perfectly unique pattern for each piece.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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 jeweller the possibilities of casting each ring.

We started with the above sketches and created some potential digital designs.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs


Once we saw how the bands could look, we moved forward with 3D printed prototypes.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

We played around with silver, gold and titanium options.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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!

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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!


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Posted in Art+Science, How it's Made, Just Cool, Science by Brittany on May 27th, 2014

We’ve always highlighted works of art that collide with the world of science — this work takes that collision to a whole new level.

These portraits are made from disease-causing bacteria. Artist/Scientist Zachary Copfer used different types of bacteria for the different portraits, including that which causes respiratory infections and even some from his own body!

The portraits themselves are quite impressive, outside of the medium used to create them. The way Copfer exposes the bacteria to radiation in order to accelerate their growth causes a Lichtenstein appearance in the work as well — the spots of bacteria resembling the comic book style Lichtenstein was known for.

The other thing about creating art from bacteria is that these cells are living things, which means they will eventually die. These works of art are mortal beings.


Love science and art? Check out DNA 11! 

Via Beautiful/Decay

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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on March 29th, 2014

Typographic Desks

On our theme of typography this week, we’ve found another unique place to incorporate words and letters.

Discovered on Benoit Challand‘s portfolio, Fold Yard desks would be the perfect addition to any company’s office. Even if you aren’t involved with design, you can appreciate these typographic desks as an alternative to the regular cubicle lifestyle!

Your desk could be its own unique shape, plus be part of a curated layout – for instance a letter of the company name, or each employee’s initial. The possibilities are endless!

Typographic Desks

Typographic Desks

Typographic Desks

If you like unique design, check out DNA 11!

Via Web Urbanist

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Posted in Art+Science, Photography, Science by Brittany on March 25th, 2014

Microscopic Images: Eerily Fascinating

No matter what you put under a microscope, it’s going to look a little strange. From something as simple as a lily (above) to something as in-depth as the wiring of the human brain, microscopic photographs let us see the colors, textures, pores and bumps that we can’t see with our own eyes alone. And it is eerily fascinating.

The Wellcome Image Awards are a competition for just such photos, and we have some of the winners for you to take a look at here. A lot of the images were taken using a technique called Electron Microscopy. This is a process to capture an image with a beam of electrons, rather than a beam of light. The electrons interact with the subject to create the image we see in the end.

Some other techniques used in creating these images include X-ray projection, light micrographs and standard photography, among others.

Microscopic Images: Eerily Fascinating

Wiring of a Human Brain

Microscopic Images: Eerily Fascinating

Nit on Human Hair

Microscopic Images: Eerily Fascinating


Microscopic Images: Eerily Fascinating

Vitamin C Crystals

Microscopic Images: Eerily Fascinating

Plant Reproductive Parts

Something else you can’t see with your own eyes alone is how awesome our human DNA is! Check out our DNA Portraits to see the art you can create from your own science.

Via Wired Science

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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Home Decor, Just Cool by Brittany on March 1st, 2014

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

We’ve noticed a trend, and we’re quite fond it. Nothing is as sleek and geometrically intricate as origami — the Japanese art of paper folding — so how could you go wrong with a design based on it? We’ve noticed a lot of origami inspired products and designs lately so we rounded up a few of our favourites to admire and praise.

1) The Origami Bench

5 Origami Inspired Designs

Created by blackLAB architects, this bench combines clean white with exposed wood and metal. Plus it folds and creases as seamlessly as paper.

2) Make Kiosks

5 Origami Inspired Designs

Make Architects created these kiosks based on the efficient and functional concept of folding paper. They open to reveal the kiosk inside and close to become sculpture-like when not in use.

3) Kafolda: a Fold-it-Yourself Spoon

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

This spoon is mailed to you flat. You are in charge of folding it into the perfect shape — with crisp corners to reach right to the edges of a flat container.

4) Klemens Torggler Doors

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

These doors fold and rotate to open and close, looking as light as paper.

5) Folded Tones Rug

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

This rug does not actually fold or bend like origami, but it sure looks like it does. An optical illusion for your floor!

Let us know which one of our 5 Origami-Inspired Designs you like best in the comments!
If you’re looking for  unique designs to decorate your home, check out our DNA Art! 

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Posted in DNA Art in the News by Brittany on February 7th, 2014

DNA 11 on NBC

If you’re relaxing at home this Sunday (Februrary 9), don’t miss the NBC Morning Show where DNA 11’s Kiss Portraits will be featured! We’re so excited to see our portraits on TV, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

That’s right, there is still time for you to get the perfect gift for your Valentine, just check out our gift certificates.

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Posted in Contest, gift ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on January 14th, 2013

UPDATE: Congratulations to Brian L. from Florida! He is the winner of our DNA 11 Valentine Contest. 

Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with an amazing giveaway? In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re giving our fans the chance to win a $250 DNA 11 gift voucher. Entering is easy — simply visit our Facebook page, show us some love, and enter in your contact details. Don’t forget to share your entry on Facebook, and Twitter with friends and family to receive extra submissions.

Contest Rules
Winners must be residents of the contiguous United States or Canada.
Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on January 21, 2013.
We will contact the winner via e-mail on January 22, 2013.

Looking for that perfect personalized Valentine’s Day gift right now? Check out our DNA, Fingerprint, and Kiss portraits.

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Posted in Just Cool, Science, Video by Courtney on November 30th, 2012

At DNA 11, we know all too well just how unique we all are. Your Fingerprint, DNA, and Kiss portraits are all individual representations of who you are – but how much do you really know about what makes you, well, you? DNA determines everything about us. From what hair colour you have, to how long you will live, to whether or not you’ll have dimples! Check out this great video showcasing “18 Things You Should Know About Genetics” by David Murawsky. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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