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Kyaraben! Eat Your Art

Contributed by Sarah Fleming We all know Japan is the land of all things kawaii, so hopefully this won’t make you squee-vomit before or after lunch. Kyaraben—short for character bento—is a super artsy form of food presentation. This craft goes way beyond Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes, caterpillar sushi, and happy-face oatmeal. It’s almost like making an intricate Lego sculpture or sand castle…and then DESTROYING IT!!!  Parents will go to any lengths to get kids to eat nasty vegetables, right? Even I might not notice cabbage or spinach while biting someone’s cute little head off. PRO TIP: When choosing a box to put your lunch in, make sure to lean towards anything with Engrish on it. To get your own bento box, check out Japanistic. photo by Sarah Fleming The art of Kyaraben is a serious business, quite similar to scrapbooking here in the US, except way more delicious. As for inspiration to make a Kyaraben yourself, browse through incredible these examples.Your one-hour break will thank you. ^_^ by Flickr User: VANnBER Hello Kitty Totoro Bento winner of Sanrio’s first Kyaraben Contest (Artist Unknown) Star Wars Storm Trooper Bento by Flickr User: vingt_deux Ninja Bento by Flickr user: sherimiya Angry Sandwich Bento by Flickr User: Sakurako Kitsa LOST Bento by Flickr User: pikkopots Snoopy Bento by Flickr User: Chaya! Panda Bento by Flickr User: nonochan Tux Bento by Flickr User:...

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15 Incredible 3D Typography Examples

When it comes to the world of typography, sky’s the limit, but a lot of people stop exploring when it comes to going past two dimensions. Thanks to digital technology, experiments with 3D type are making their way onto the scene, with stunning results. Here are 15 incredible 3D typography examples, either rendered or illustrated in the digital realm. A Pyramid Bang Big Mouth Cupcake East Hip Hop Fall Flickr Ink Milk Robot Earth Social Media UPS Verdana DPI Wake Up What Will You...

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Mother’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil

Here at What The Flux, we’re such big fans of Futurama, we couldn’t resist designing something for the return of our favorite Bending Unit. It’s delicious, nutritious, and made with 10% more love than the next leading brand. Well, since ‘Mom,’ ‘love,’ ‘screen door’ are trademarked by MomCorp, we’re presenting you with Mother’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil. Tune in for the Futurama’s One-Hour Premiere on Comedy Central Tonight, June 24th, at 10/9pm...

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dA Tuesday: Custom Munnys

The Munny is the brainchild of designer Paul Budnitz, the founder of Kidrobot — a global toy company that emphasizes the melding of pop art, creativity, and mass culture. While Kidrobot offers several variations of these vinyl collectibles, stylized by different designers, they also offer blank models that come in all shapes and sizes for your own artistic creation. Here we’re featuring 10 awesomely executed, custom designed Munnys from DeviantART. Yakuza by Cacodaemonia Master Chief by Cacodaemonia Red Oni by BitingBlood TMNT by Daeo Gargoyle by daveizoid Psycho by idnod Davy Jones by MallorySmallory Joker by savagelucy42 Octopus by miss-shelby Kratos by VirtualGirl6654 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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10 Solid Examples of Kinetic Typography

We’ve all seem them: words flying across the screen, stacked type, motion blurs, and alternating depth of field. But what really defines good Kinetic Typography? It takes more than just timing the text, size and font. It’s all about how you can creatively display that emotion within the sampled audio. There are a lot of examples out there, but sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the good from the bad to the stunning. Here are some of the best non-commercial studies for your viewing pleasure. Who’s on First Duck and Cover Pulp Fiction: Say What Again, I Dare You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HePWBNcugf8 Ocean’s Eleven Wedding Crashers: Perfect Girl Blink182: Josie Jet: Are You Gonna Be My Girl James Brown: Superbad Lowell Fulson: Tramp Portal: Still...

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Interpreting BP’s logo

What the Flux — We’ve deconstructed BP’s logo down to its core elements: Diamonds Gold Cash More...

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There’s no Joker like Mark Hamill

His face may be Luke Skywalker, but his laugh is all Joker. Since 1992, Mark Hamill has voiced the Joker, starting with Batman: The Animated Series and continuing to most of the other spin-off series, video games and films. The Joker doesn’t have just one laugh, he has dozens of varieties, and each is as addictive as the last. Hamill’s characterization of the archenemy of Batman — inspired by a mixture of Hannibal Lecter and Jerry Lewis — makes the Joker both memorable and a creepy badass. Sadly, the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum will be his last role as the Joker, as quoted in an IGN interview: “This will be my last, there’s no question about that. But it’s the last hurrah.” He’ll always remain the Joker of our nightmares. Enjoy a compilation of the Joker laughs from Batman: Arkham Asylum Watch how Mark Hamill laughs in his...

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Creative Cardboard

Going Green is the super-trendy thing to do for big companies these days, recently highlighted by Puma’s 3-year development for their sustainable packaging shoe box. Materials for recycling are also a hot button issue this year, and cardboard seems like the perfect solution for several companies and designers, as demonstrated by the box that can shape into anything. But not everything that ends up looking awesome needs to have that gross amount of research and production time. Aldo, French-Canadian shoe company, took a much simpler approach to redesigning their shoe box without spending a large sum on reproduction and development. It’s easy, adjust the die-cut of the box, the cotton string is installed by employees at the store, and voila! — your shoe box becomes your bag. David Graas makes a whole line of products available for purchase that are made entirely out of cardboard. The idea of “flat packaging” may have been trademarked by Ikea, but this Dutch designer took that idea to another level. His line of corrugated cardboard furniture is trendy and sleek, as are his prism lamps with die-cut negative space to create a pattern from casting light. Home items such as hangers are a one-of-a-kind flat design that you can fold on your own, although it’s not your average origami feat. Once you’ve got your shirt hung up, go ahead and change into gardening clothes. Planting your own organic garden is a breeze with this mat designed by Chris Chapman. All you do is till your soil, then roll out the nutrient enriched corrugated cardboard with seeds already implanted. Don’t forget to water! Tired after your day in the sun, what better way to cool yourself off from a hard day’s labor in the yard than with beer in a box by Thomas Hussey? The concept is quite genius actually, since the pressure from the bag inside the box design keeps the beer’s CO2 from going flat. It also holds more beer than a similar sized pitcher...

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7 Awesome Animated Credits

Let’s face it, most movie credits are boring. As soon as that never-ending list rolls, we fast forward, walk out of the theater, or simply turn off the TV. It’s an inevitable choice that we make, and the film industry is finally taking notice. “Entertain us!” we exclaimed, and they listened. Here are a few choice examples of the awesomeness that are modern movie and television title/credit sequences for your enjoyment. Catch Me if You Can by Nexus Productions Chuck by ImaginaryForces Euro Trip by Six Point Harness The Incredibles by Pixar Animation Studios http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vawsUk-9veQ Pink Panther by Bob Kurtz Stranger Than Fiction by MK12 Thank You for Smoking by Shadowplay...

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