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New York’s LOT-EK Arch Frim’s goal is to blur the “line between art, architecture, entertainment and information.” One of there main objectives is to use “existing objects, systems and technologies” and use them as “raw materials” in the design and construction process. One of my favorite designs of their’s is the CHK (Container Home Kit).  Check them out at: www.lot-ek.com

(Found Via Arch Daily)

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Kanye West’s “808’s and Heartbreak”

Yesterday I received my copy of Kanye West’s “808’s and Heartbreak.” The packaging on the Limited Edition version (I think they all might be “LE”) is super fresh. Mr. West and his art team created a winning combination of modern design, style and color. Along with the 3 Fold Album Jacket comes an 8 Fold (16 Page) foldout including the albums lyrics and info as well as a Mini-Poster of Kanye on one side in his “808” Suit and on the other a photo of him and his mother, the late Mrs. Donda West. The design is an Instant Classic.

All that and I haven’t even gotten to the music yet. This departure from the usual cocky and overbearing West shows a softer side of him as a human and artist. Mixing his signature 808 drum settings with live orchestration and heavy synth the album is a nice change that may be overlooked by and miss-communicated to the normal listening public. Must listen tracks include the single “Love Lockdown” as well as “Amazing” feat. Young Jeezy (which includes my favorite line so far: I’m exhausted, barely breathing, holding on to what I believe in, no matter what you’ll never take that from me, my reign is as far as your eyes can see.) and “Robocop.” The only weak spots I have found so are are the final track “Pinocchio Story” which is a Live freestyle and the overtly long drum outros on a couple of the tracks.

Packaging: A+
Music: A-
Overall: A

Thoughts?

Andrea Heimer is a self taught artist originally from Montana, she now resides in Northwest Washington. She is known for her unique style of pop and pulp art and is known as both “Collectable and Affordable.” Andrea is also half of PNW dance duo No-Fi Soul Rebellion. You can find her art in stores around Bellingham, WA or visit her website below for art shows and galleries across the US.

www.andreaheimer.com

“Handlebars” by Flobots which was released back in May. If the lyrical content wasn’t good enough the video is visually great, done by Dirty UK and Phil Tidy. It’s a good commentary on our current situation not only as a world and a country by on a personal and individual level. This is really the only good song of theirs that I have heard though. The Message Still Stands.

Scott Rickey is an American Freelance Artist and Graphic Designer based out of Bellingham, WA. He runs a downtown Bellingham Gallery called The Sweatshop and works closely with Clickpop Records and What’s Up! Magazine on projects.

www.artsandcrap.com

Paul Alaniz is a graphic design student and artist from Whatcom County, WA. He currently located in Seattle, WA. You can get ahold of him and see a few more of his pieces at: www.myspace.com/paul_is_rad