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Tennis, Anyone?

Bonnie and Clyde. Scarlett and Rhett. Bogie and Bacall. Butch and Sundance. Thelma and Louise. All great friends or great lovers or great adversaries. Every once in a while, they are all three. But in some way or another, these celebrated duos have come to embody what it means to be great partners. On Friday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM Central time, you can add Bantjes and Vit to the list. Or more accurately put, Bantjes vs. Vit.

The kind folks over at Coudal Partners are currently hosting a series of live design events on Friday afternoons called Layer Tennis. They originally called the game “Photoshop Tennis” but these days there are so many more tools that can be used to create and they wanted to open up the games to millions of new possibilities. The matches use a lot of different applications, from Adobe® Photoshop® to Adobe® Illustrator®, but the basic idea is the same no matter what tools are in use. Two designers swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each designer gets fifteen minutes (yes, you read correctly: 15 minutes) to complete a “volley” and then Coudal posts the results to the site. A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action as it happens. The matches last for ten volleys and when it’s complete, everyone with an opinion sounds off in the Forums and a winner is declared.

I had the distinction of providing the play-by-play commentary several weeks ago, and let me tell you, this experience is harrowing at best. It is fast, it is furious and it gets real messy, really fast.

It’s hard to imagine who will win this one. Both our dear friends, it is hard to imagine who to even root for: the girl with the delicious swirls or the bad boy with the feisty fingers.

On your mark, get set…go… and may the best man win.

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PUBLISHED ON Oct.31.2007 BY debbie millman
Pedro Vit’s comment is:

Oops Debbie

On your mark, get set...go... and may the best man win.

Guess it should be

On your mark, get set...go... and may the best player/designer/person win.

On Oct.31.2007 at 10:44 PM
Peter Whitley’s comment is:

Good luck, Pedro! Make our namesake proud.

On Oct.31.2007 at 10:46 PM
agrayspace’s comment is:

I have been an avid watcher of the tennis for weeks now, but my enthusiasm went through the roof when I first saw the lineup for tomorrows match.

I will be watching with rapt attention.

Good luck!

On Nov.01.2007 at 11:31 AM
pnk’s comment is:

Armin, I love ya man, but I'm putting the first sawbuck down on Marian. Any takers?

On Nov.01.2007 at 11:40 AM
pnk’s comment is:

[Oh, and I don't meant the Chicago version.]

On Nov.01.2007 at 11:48 AM
Armin’s comment is:

Paul, I'm pulling out all the tricks, so be careful with your money!

On Nov.01.2007 at 05:50 PM
Joe Moran’s comment is:

Check It Out!



On Nov.02.2007 at 12:29 AM
k’s comment is:

i think i'm going to cry... my computer/tech department "got smart" and has now started blocking the layer tennis web page as "games"...

i'm already dying of suspense to know what is going to happen today.


On Nov.02.2007 at 11:07 AM
Pesky’s comment is:

I'll drop a virtual dollar for the girl of twirl, Marian Bantjes.....

- Pesky I-ain't-got-no-money Illustrator.

On Nov.02.2007 at 02:43 PM
pnk’s comment is:

Nice match, Armin! I especially liked your final hit.

On Nov.02.2007 at 06:47 PM
Armin’s comment is:

I survived, and that's as much as I could have asked for.

On Nov.02.2007 at 09:31 PM
Christina W’s comment is:

How does she Do that in 15 minutes???

On Nov.03.2007 at 12:02 AM
Kevin Hopp’s comment is:

Christina W,

It's called using styles and brushes... along with a drawing pad, plenty of talent, and of course tennis cliches... which was a surpirse from marian. If I remember correctly she made a long list of cliche no no's.

Either way, it looks like fun.

On Nov.04.2007 at 05:14 PM
Matt Hunsberger’s comment is:

Bantjes 4tw

On Nov.06.2007 at 03:54 PM