Dot One was formed in 2015 with the aim of taking genetics out of the lab and into the public sphere in a fun and informative way. By harnessing innovation in science and technology and combining it with the British craft industry, Dot One brings a new meaning to personalised design.
The idea began in 2013 during founder Inglesby's Master's in Design Products at the Royal College of Art where she developed her family's own 'DNA Tartan'.
"During a project with Scottish weaving company I noticed a catalogue of tartan samples, one for each Scottish surname. The swatches of fabric held their own identity, but when I found out there was no real meaning behind the colours and patterns it was disappointing. I wanted to create a material which was an intrinsic representation instead and so I turned to a scientific form of identity, DNA. I had my family DNA profiled and with the data developed an algorithm to turn it into a design to create my own DNA tartan.
"After this I started researching extensively about genetics. The more I learnt, the more I realised all of the amazing things happening in science which the public had little knowledge about or worse, massive misconceptions of. Design is an amazing communication tool and so I decided to set up Dot One as a platform for public engagement in science and a celebration of personal identity."