Layer Tennis.

Art, Design, Diversions, Entertainment, Websites by Chris Coyier

I have always thought it would be cool to see computer skills turned into a sport of some kind. Like watching two world class programmers duel off against each other speed-writing some application. It wouldn’t be for everyone, but that’s what the internet is for right? Niche entertainment?

Enter Layer Tennis. Basically, it’s dueling designers. Here is the description from the site:

We’ll be playing matches using lots of different applications, from Adobe® Photoshop® to Adobe® Flash®, but the basic idea is the same no matter what tools are in use. Two artists (or two small teams of artists) 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 that 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 visiting the site votes for a winner.

The first match was Inman vrs. Cornell with commentary by John Gruber of Daring Fireball. Good stuff. It was very fun to watch and view the results. This Friday will be Neil Durden vs Mathew Star Thomas with commentary by Debbie Millman.


ed: I could’ve sworn that we linked to How it Should Have Ended before, but after searching the archive and talking to Chris, I guess we haven’t. This site is FUNNY. I laughed out loud at the Spiderman 3 parody.

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