LayerTennis: competitive design, live

by   |  September 16th, 2010
Design, Just For Fun



A friend just turned me on to Layer Tennis from Chicago design group Coudal Partners. Here’s how it’s described:

Layer Tennis is a series of live design events on Friday afternoons presented by Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.

Two competitors swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each artist gets fifteen minutes to complete a “volley” and then we post that to the site live.

The players may be designers, animators, illustrators or pretty much anything else, and they can use any tool or application they like. The match progresses volley by volley.

A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action as it happens.

The match lasts for ten volleys and when it’s complete, opinioned Season Ticket Holders sound off and we declare a winner. Check Tennis HQ and get lost in the archive of past matches.

Season Ticket Holders can vote on match winners, post comments, participate in remix contests and a whole lot more—all free. Get your Season Ticket here.

Don’t miss the 130-second video recapping the high points of Season Three’s Exhibition Matches.

(Sci-five to Mike Burnard for sending me this.)

Lainie Turner

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Definitely a new twist on collaboration.

Jeff Jimerson | September 30, 2010

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