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Google Announces Android Wear

Hinted at SXSW by Sundar Pichai, today Google’s Android officially announced “Android Wear” – a new platform for Android developers to work on apps specifically for the upcoming wearables line. Features for Android Wear: View latest posts and updates from social apps Chats from messaging apps Notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, etc. “Ok Google” commands like Google Now Monitor your fitness Control other devices Developers can download the Developer Preview to start adapting their current apps, with more resources and APIs on the...

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‘Star Wars’ meets Steampunk

Here at What The Flux, we love steampunk. But what makes it even better? Star Wars of course.  Illustrator Björn Hurri produced this amazing collection of steampunk style Star Wars characters, creating retro-futuristic illustrations of the characters Leia, Luke, Yoda, 3PCO and the likes: Source: Design...

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Nintendo Fanart: Woodblock Style

What could be better than awesome Nintendo character fanart? Epically awesome Nintendo fanart in the form of Japanese Woodblock prints, of course. From the beginning of this month, children’s book illustrator Jed Henry began of series of woodblock style prints featuring classically favorite characters from the Nintendo empire. Follow his progress and check out his work on his tumblr...

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Sweat Blood from the Forehead: a James Victore Interview

— a conversation with James Victore by Leroy James If you’re a Graphic Designer (a.k.a. anyone with Photoshop) and you’ve never heard of James Victore, then you’ve been sleeping on the greatest designer living today. From his (in)famous “Columbus Day” posters —torn down almost as soon as they were posted around D.C. — to designing  for clients like MoÎt et Chandon, Amnesty International, The New York Times, MTV’s Choose or Lose, and Target; to his “Dirty Dishes” (white plates drawn on with big black markers) and now hand-painted surfboards, Victore has gotten his dirty hands into everything a designer can and always leaves his mark. After emailing each other back and forth we were finally able to set up a time to chat. Thanks to global warming it was an unfucking-believably hot mid-April day in Brooklyn.  Then again I might have been sweating my ass off during the two mile walk from the Pratt Institute’s campus to James Victore’s because I was wearing a sweater (I swear it was cold when I left my apartment). On arriving at Victore, Inc. I saw Mr. Victore roll up on a bike in a light jacket, jeans, and cowboy boots — which I found out later he bought in Austin. After spending a few minutes trying to set up some cheap recording equipment I’d borrowed (“You going to play some music for us?” he joked, seeing the dinosaur of a tape deck I had with me) we sat down and talked. Only after our interview did I realize when transcribing that none of our conversation was recorded. So weeks later after doing a ton of coke and shots of Jäger to jog my memory, here’s the conversation as I could remember it: WTF: Hey Mr. Victore how are you doing? JV: Busy. (Laughing) JV: (Points to my glasses) Are those Converse glasses? WTF: Yeah. JV: Those are cool. Where did you get your sweater? WTF: Oh I made it. JV: Cool. WTF: Anyways I guess I’ll just start with the first question here, it’s sort of a big one: Some of your strongest pieces were your most political, but I’ve read that you don’t focus that much on political work these days, how would you feel about designing a poster for a candidate like Shepard Fairey did for Obama? JV: I don’t know; that stuff has to come from McCain or Hillary or Obama. If the call came from whichever camp I’d be willing to do the work for them but as it stands I’m too busy at the moment to worry about it. You know? Who has time for the news?...

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Do Not Underestimate the Power of Fanart

To gear up for the Houston Symphony concert featuring music from Star Wars (and an excuse to have more geekiness for today), we’ve collected a series of fan made posters that are all about the Force — whether its the light side or the dark side. To make things more interesting than just your average guy with a light saber, these featured artists’ work are stylized in solids, minimalism, or with a retro theme. Let’s start things off with this incredible piece of Boba Fett paying homage to The...

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dA Spotlight: Steampunk Gear

Steampunk: it’s what happened when Goth Kids grew up, discovered the color brown, and married a steam ship from the Victorian Era — and then it turned into awesome. Mixing science fiction and history, the people who create the costume gear for this rapidly growing costume play are in an entirely different league from your average con-goer. The craftsmanship behind each piece of hand-worked leather and metal easily stands out above a commercial built product. Since there are too many spectacular accessories to show at once, today we’re displaying 10 Incredible Pieces of Steampunk Gear. Abe Lincoln Costume by StudioCreations Goggles, redux by robpowell Goggles number 2 by AmbassadorMann Monogoggle 10-4 by AmbassadorMann Steampunk half arm by Skinz-N-Hydez Steampunk wristgun 3 by Hexonal Steampunk Arm by Skinz-N-Hydez Steampunk Mechanic by aternox Steampunk Leg by Skinz-N-Hydez Steampunk Helmet by TomBanwell DeviantART is a place for artists of all kinds and contains a vast fortune of hidden gems around every turn. Each week we are choosing 10 pieces to share with you for inspiration, appreciation, and admiration. In return, please support the artists by visiting their respective sites. All art thieves will be hunted down by our ninjas. Want to be considered? or want us to consider someone? Send us a note on our DeviantART page: —...

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Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!! …from the past?

Fantastic Story Magazine was a 1950-55 science fiction pulp magazine, featuring short stories and incredible cover art. The masthead, name, and design concepts may have changed over the years of its 23 issues, but one thing remained the same: Babes in Bikinis…in space. Or at least, that’s what illustrator Earle K. Bergey published for his issues. We have Bergey’s designs of daring space ladies’ apparel to thank for the inspiration for Princess Leia’s slave-girl costume. In addition to Star Wars paying homage to this publication, one issue (Fall 1954) was prominently displayed as a prop in our site’s theme movie, Back to the Future. Check out these other covers of Fantastic Story Magazine, and be wowed by the visions of the future…from the...

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dA Spotlight: Fantasy Origami

Origami, the Japanese traditional art of paper folding, has been around for centuries. Since the ’90’s, the modernized version has exponentially taken off in popularity, and designs have been getting more complicated and intricate since then. This week’s dA Spotlight puts this highly creative — yet constructively restrictive — art form into focus, showcasing fantasy themed origami pieces from the nerdy to the extreme. Origami Yoda by shellentina Assassin origami version by NocturnaDraco origami chocobo by alejandro-delafuente Origami Cerberus by Lexar- Kuroi Dragon – Origami by RyuuCid Origami Hydralisk by Richi89 Origami Dinosaurs by origami-artist-galen Origami devil by Fabio-the-Artist My Pet Dragon by Richi89 Gryphon by guspath DeviantART is a place for artists of all kinds and contains a vast fortune of hidden gems around every turn. Each week we are choosing 10 pieces to share with you for inspiration, appreciation, and admiration. In return, please support the artists by visiting their respective sites. All art thieves will be hunted down by our ninjas. Want to be considered? or want us to consider someone? Send us a note on our DeviantART page: —...

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20 Fabulous Web Designs with Paper Textures

Textures have been creeping into web design for the past few years, yet it’s not a trend that has caught on and stuck with the community. Of course, it’s not appropriate for all design approaches, but it’s surprising when it works in an unexpected realm. With video games like Little Big Planet 2 and Kirby’s Epic Yarn coming out this year, now’s the time to review some stellar examples of paper styles in web sites. barneyfunk.com Carbonica Chirp >> The Twitter Developer Conference Corvus Design Studio David Hellmann duplos fajnechlopaki.com FeedStitch frisk web Gary Knock harmonyrepublic.com Hull Digital Live Huxley Prairie Festival i-avion monkeyworks illustration sketch.odopod.com swiths.com thinkup.org titofelix tori’s...

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Football As Art

Overwhelmed with trying to keep up with all the football game stats? Removing the excitement of the World Cup is one thing, but parsing the statistics into something meaningful and creative is quite the feat. Umbro, a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. and the makers of team England’s jerseys, enlisted epic graphic designer Michael Deal and data experts Opta to create this impressive infograph that analyzes the action from the 48 group games. Looking at time line of successful passes (green lines), alongside shots (blue triangles,) and goals (red circles) will paint a picture in your mind of how each match progressed. The combination of these symbols and placement transforms data and statistics into a visual musical score. This is just a snapshot at the half-way point of the tournament, and we’ll have the full picture once the champions have been crowned. Michael also analysed the data around England’s qualification for South Africa for us, which you can see here. – quoted from Umbro’s blog For more stats and a wealth of sports information, you can follow Opta on Twitter. Note: Check these guys out, they offer Twitter accounts in different languages that refer to people from those...

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