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Jason Kottke's Match Preview

Iron Designer

Welcome design fans to today’s Semifinal Layer Tennis match between Mark Weaver and Mig Reyes. 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. Personally I think this is a little Bananastown... what, whipping up a design every 30 minutes for 2 1/2 hours isn't hard enough for you!? Anyway, I will reveal the ingredient in this space right before the match starts.


One Hour Before Serve: The secret ingredient is "letters but not words." That means that the competitors must use type in their designs and illustrations but cannot use that type to render readable words. Nope, not even lorem ipsum, which you shouldn't be using anyway. The matches around here tend to get kinda text-heavy -- resembling twee rap battles at times -- but Weaver and Reyes will have to let their pixels do the talking today. Of course this is me being selfish; I enjoy designs that use abstract type elements and hope to see some fun examples of that today.

Now let's meet our competitors (and lowly commentator).

Mark Weaver is a male human, 18 to 35 years old, approximately 5 to 7 feet tall, and weighs a certain number of pounds. Perhaps 170 of them, I don't know. He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia as a freelance designer and illustrator. His portfolio is impressive. To get to today's semifinal, Weaver beat Emory Allen in the quarters and Scott Thomas during the regular season. He is wished luck.

Mig Reyes is also male and human with an age and height and impressive portfolio. He possesses mass. Which is to say that Reyes takes up physical space in Chicago, Illinois, where he works for Threadless as a graphic designer. (Disclosure: All of my upper clothing is from Threadless, every stitch. Despite this, I will attempt to remain unbiased in my commentary. Unless Mig wants to send me a bunch of free tshirts. May I call you Mig?) Reyes made his way to the semis by defeating the formidable Armin Vit in the quarters and the even more formidable Jessica Hische in the regular season. He is wished luck.

Your commentator for the match is Jason Kottke. I blog near-daily at from New York and weigh 155 pounds.

What else? Oh right, toin coss. Weaver won the coss and will be going first. Toin coss. Toin coss. Say it. Bet you can't stop thinking of it the wrong way 'round now. You're welcome.

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