In Layer Tennis (aka Photoshop Tennis, though Photoshop isn’t the only program used), designers/illustrators take turns building on each others’ graphic work, and whoever remixes and builds on the previous design with the most creativity is declared the winner. I’ve seen contests like this before, but Coudal Partners has got one of the best examples of it going on. Each match is played on Friday afternoon at 2pm CST, and each designer has fifteen minutes to complete their version before sending it back to the other designer. They’re doing it live, so every fifteen minutes, a new volley is posted with a journalist’s commentary. At least, I think that’s the way it works. I didn’t actually hear about this until a couple of days ago, so I missed the first round, which played last Friday. (You can see that one here, with some very fine work indeed.)
Round two goes live at 2pm CST tomorrow, so check it out if you can. (Or look at it later.) I wish I could do stuff like this, and in fifteen minutes, no less! Incredible.
My paper due tomorrow is done, the one due Tuesday is only lacking two pages (out of 22, so percentage-wise…) and what I’ve got is looking good, so I took some me time to play with my layout. I’m having trouble keeping both sides of my brain working–when I worked at the bank, the creative/imaginative side got no play (hence the scurrying back to grad school in English), but now that I’m spending 3/4 of my waking moments reading and writing about literature, the analytical side is feeling left out. Coding layouts helps that. (Oh, and dude, I worked on The Frame some, finding a way to incorporate inline media players and such, and I can now totally code html tables in my sleep. I always relied on DreamWeaver’s WYSIWYG interface for that before, but no more! So much more control now.)
Anyway. I’ve been eyeing this layout for a long time–it’s really clean and bright, but it took me a while to sit down and figure out how to smash everything that I had in a three-column layout down into a two column. I did try at first to make this one into a three-column one, and though I was moving in the right direction, my PHP/CSS skillz aren’t quite up to that yet. Now I just have to make a custom banner for the top…I sort of like the default one, but it’s not mine, you know? But that’ll have to wait until the next time I need a procrastination project. You know, nobody’s going to ever believe that I actually do study, because all I ever post about is taking breaks from studying…ooh, did I mention that I was playing Midnight Club 3 and won a race by less than 100th of a second? Seriously, check it out:
I know, right? Awesome. I made so many mistakes that run, too…it was raining, couldn’t see a thing, plus I’d just upgraded my car (Lotus Elise–the thing rocks out), and it always takes a little getting used to the new power and handling.