Posts Tagged ‘DNA Portraits’
Posted in DNA Art, Inspiration, Just Cool, Technology by Brittany on January 30th, 2014

Artistic Technology: YrWall is an Electronic Graffiti Wall (as seen on Dragon's Den)

Have you ever wanted to paint like a graffiti artist, without making a mess or getting into trouble? Then check out YrWall! This digital graffiti wall allows you to hold a realistic “spray can” to choose your colors, aim and paint away.

When YrWall was first sprung on BBC’s Dragon’s Den a few years ago the artistic innovation reminded us of our DNA Art. Inventors Tim Williams and Tom Hogan ended up striking a deal with two of the dragons on the show to earn funding for their idea. The YrWall is now fully functional, available for rent and is being used in awesome ways.

The wall is available for rent on Luma’s website, and can be set up at your events for your guests to interact with. The easy-to-use graffiti wall makes for a great idea board, brand or logo platform, or just a place for your guests to unleash their inner artist!

Artistic Technology: YrWall is an Electronic Graffiti Wall (as seen on Dragon's Den)

Artistic Technology: YrWall is a Digital Graffiti Wall (as seen on Dragon's Den)

Artistic Technology: YrWall is an Electronic Graffiti Wall (as seen on Dragon's Den)

Share our love of unique art? Check out our DNA Portraits

Images via Luma

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Posted in Art+Science, biotechnology, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on August 21st, 2012

We’re always on the lookout for cool DNA developments! Did you catch this story via Science Now?

When it comes to storing information, hard drives don’t hold a candle to DNA. Our genetic code packs billions of gigabytes into a single gram. A mere milligram of the molecule could encode the complete text of every book in the Library of Congress and have plenty of room to spare. All of this has been mostly theoretical—until now. In a new study, researchers stored an entire genetics textbook in less than a picogram of DNA—one trillionth of a gram—an advance that could revolutionize our ability to save data.

A few teams have tried to write data into the genomes of living cells. But the approach has a couple of disadvantages. First, cells die—not a good way to lose your term paper. They also replicate, introducing new mutations over time that can change the data.

To get around these problems, a team led by George Church, a synthetic biologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, created a DNA information-archiving system that uses no cells at all. Instead, an inkjet printer embeds short fragments of chemically synthesized DNA onto the surface of a tiny glass chip. To encode a digital file, researchers divide it into tiny blocks of data and convert these data not into the 1s and 0s of typical digital storage media, but rather into DNA’s four-letter alphabet of As, Cs, Gs, and Ts. Each DNA fragment also contains a digital “barcode” that records its location in the original file. Reading the data requires a DNA sequencer and a computer to reassemble all of the fragments in order and convert them back into digital format. The computer also corrects for errors; each block of data is replicated thousands of times so that any chance glitch can be identified and fixed by comparing it to the other copies.

Read more…

Do you dig DNA as much as we do? Check out our DNA portraits, where art meets science.

Image: Scientists have found a way to store an entire textbook in the code of DNA. (John Goode/Flickr)

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Posted in Contest, Science by Courtney on April 5th, 2012

James Watson, the co-discoverer of the helix DNA structure, is celebrating his 84th birthday on Friday, April 6. Happy Birthday, James!

Via Wikipedia: James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist, best known as a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material. After studies at the University of Chicago and Indiana University, James worked at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory in England, where he first met his future collaborator and friend Francis Crick.

In honor of his birthday and countless molecular contributions, we’re throwing James an online Birthday Bash and giving away a DNA Portrait to one lucky winner. Enter on our Facebook page!

This give-away is open to residents of the contiguous USA or Canada.
One entry per person. Contest closes on  April 11 at 11:59pm and we’ll contact the winner via email on April 12.

Want a DNA Portrait right now? Save 15% with code JamesWatson15 until April 11. Join us in wishing James a Happy Birthday and good luck in the give-away!

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Posted in gift ideas by Courtney on April 4th, 2012

Moms deserve the best, hands down! Make sure she knows how special she is by giving her an extraordinary gift this Mother’s Day—personalized art of her family.

We’ve all seen the darling hand prints that children bring home from school, but those little fingers can create even more lasting art. Our Fingerprint Portraits capture kids’ individuality while appealing to Mom’s sense of decor. With a plethora of sizes and 25 color options, those small fingers will quickly become one of their finest masterpieces. It’s not too late to order a Fingerprint Portrait and receive the printed canvas artwork in time for May 13.

Family DNA Portraits are also a big hit with Mom. We can include up to four family members’ DNA on one canvas, showcasing the unique traits of each person as well as the whole family’s togetherness. Order a DNA Portrait Gift Kit and you’ll have a special present for Mom ready to go on Mother’s Day.

If you’re still stumped and not sure what Mom will like, give her a DNA 11 gift certificate and let her do the choosing!

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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on March 8th, 2012

Photo of wire hands

When art meets science, we’re all over it. Afterall, that pairing inspired our DNA Portraits and our other personalized art like Fingerprint and Kiss portraits.

Montreal-based architect Federico Carbajal creates anatomical architectures out of galvanized wire, stainless steel and acrylic through what he calls spatial sketching. Federico describes his work:

With the influence of the old masters and the early works of Alexander Calder, to current digital 3D media and architectural representation, these tridimensional hybrids bring together drawing, architecture and sculpture in order to create a coherent spatial entity.

Spatial sketching allows for the possibility of new representations of images in space, exploring the void and the dematerialization of volume.  The physical and metaphysical presence of the human body emanate through a combination of transparent planes and spatial lines.

View more of Federico’s work on his portfolio site.

Via Colossal / Street Anatomy.

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Posted in International, Just Cool, party by Courtney on February 15th, 2012

DNA 11 made its debut at the Gherkin in London, UK at the prestigious MahiFX launch on February 2. Attended by some of London’s elite financiers, tech buffs and media, this event unveiled a new foreign exchange trading platform.

Upon arrival, guests received a billfold full of imaginary currency, along with this note: This Mahi Money is for you to trade during the night with other people. You can choose which design to collect. Your goal is to accumulate the most notes of any one single design to win a luxury experience. Good luck and good trading.

Kirsty Gillies collected the most “Precision” design and therefore won a DNA Portrait. We also gave each attendee a £100 gift voucher towards their next DNA 11 purchase.

Developed by ex-interbank traders, analysts and developers, MahiFX is headed by David and Susan Cooney, who both worked on Barclays Capital’s flagship e-commerce platform in its early days. MahiFX launches to retail investors on February 20, 2012. DNA 11 was proud to be in such great company at this event.

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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, gift ideas by Courtney on February 7th, 2012


Still looking for some gifts to spark a reaction this Valentine’s Day? In addition to DNA 11 products, we’ve rounded up some great finds that are sure to impress.

Is your love eternal?  A SplitScreen DNA Portrait portrait makes a confident, affectionate statement of unity for couples, allowing you to showcase both of your DNA (or the whole  family’s, up to four people). With a plethora of colour combinations, your splitscreen DNA Portrait will suit any decor! Best of all, you can order a gift certificate for immediate digital delivery.







Already have a DNA Portrait? Immortalize her kiss into fine art with a custom Kiss Portrait. Your walls will be lit up with her fiery lips and she’ll be on fire knowing how much you cherish her smooches.





If your guy rocks out, get him this smokin’ Cigar Box Amp from Etsy. It’s a portable, battery-powered amp that’s perfect for lazy jams and soulful serenades.






Nothing says “I Love You” like a gift from the heart. So why not give an anatomically correct Plush Beating Heart? Your lover will know you’re serious and it will keep things pumping between you two.





Does you man live and breathe science? Take the guesswork out of his of lab work with this Lab Partners t-shirt from Threadless.






Want to give her the key to your heart? Wrap up this Heart Necklance from Swayorski. Hanging on a stainless steel chain, the red silicon heart holds a heart-shaped USB key embellished in 54 Indian Siam crystals. For the perfect romantic gift, save a special message or photo on the 4GB USB key.



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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 by Adrian on July 13th, 2011

DNA 11 giveaway

Today we launched our biggest contest ever, the $100,000 DNA 11 giveaway with Uncrate.

Simply visit our Facebook page and click on the “Win a DNA Portrait” link in the sidebar to enter.

We’re giving away a 24 x 36″ DNA Portrait and 1000, $100 DNA 11 gift certificates.

All you need to enter is your name and email address.

The contest will run until July 20, 2011.

Posted in DNA Art in the News by Adrian on August 11th, 2010

If you could decode your personal genome for the prices of a laptop computer – and discover what your genetic destiny may have in store- would you? The possibility is closer than you think, and medicine and health care may never be the same.

In this month’s issue of Delta’s SKY Magazine, Mark Anderson explores the advancement in human genetics and genetics in pop culture. Be sure to check out DNA 11 for more info on the genetic art featured in SKY magazine.


Read the full article: Your DNA, Decoded by Mark Anderson in SKY Magazine – August 2010.

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