kottke.org posts about Layer Tennis
I'm going to be commentating a semifinal Layer Tennis match between Mark Weaver and Mig Reyes tomorrow at noon Eastern time. The twist: there's a secret ingredient:
Today's competitors have cooked up a little something different for you today; they have suggested that we go Iron Chef style for this match. So, I have chosen a "secret ingredient" for today's match in the form of a design element that will need to be used in each volley.
If either of the competitors wants to know the ingredient before match-time tomorrow, it'll cost you $500...or $1200 for exclusive knowledge. Personal checks accepted.
This afternoon at 3pm ET, I will offering the commentary in a first round match of the 2009 Layer Tennis playoffs. The match features Aaron Draplin vs. Sam Potts and promises to be awesome. Come by and heckle. BTW, the morning match between Chris Glass and Greg Hubacek with commentary by Rosecrans Baldwin has already begun.
Tomorrow at 3pm ET: Layer Tennis match between Jennifer Daniel and Jillian Tamaki with commentary by some guy named Jason Kottke. What is Layer Tennis?
Two competitors will 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 it to the site live. A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action, as it happens. A match lasts for ten volleys.
Update: Here's the match preview.
Layer Tennis, the online Photoshop/Flash battle series, is gearing up for another season, starting on Feb 13th and running for twelve weeks. At the end of it all, there will be a single elimination championship tournament. Sign up for season tickets to keep informed and to be able to vote on the outcomes of matches.
Just a gentle reminder: I'll be commenting on today's Layer Tennis match between Chuck Anderson and Steven Harrington. Things get underway in just under an hour (3pm ET).
I've been remiss in not pointing you to the last two Layer Tennis matches: Inman vs. Cornell and Duerden vs. Thomas.
(Very quickly, Layer Tennis pits two designers against each other. The competitors volley a single Photoshop file back and forth, modifying it in turn in an attempt to outdo one another.)
I will be doing the commentary for the next match, which takes place at 3pm ET on Friday and features Chuck Anderson and Steven Harrington. Come by and watch all the exciting action on Friday!