Liveblogging Layer Tennis: Scott Hansen vs. Rob Cordiner

Ouch: Volley Ten

Volley ten, and I have to say, I kind of feel that Rob gave up! This was Rob running off stage, ripping down all the pretty balloons and party favors, and giving a shout out to the one person who will love him no matter what, his mum. This match definitely goes to Scott Hansen, but good work from Rob as well, who made me laugh with his insane maneuvers. As always, check out Layer Tennis every Friday, and thanks to Coudal Partners for putting together another awesome match.

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Do The Evolution: Volley Nine

Alright, here’s Scott Hansen’s last volley, and I would say it’s exactly what he needed to do to win this match. Good use of elements from prior volleys, and I love that googley-eyed bag man’s sign now reads ‘evolution’ and he’s being walked all over by the footprints. Sadly, I can’t spot the joystick anywhere… am I missing it somewhere?
Anyhow, I’m pretty sure that Scott has this one, unless Rob can pull something quite impressive out of nowhere.

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Colour Issues: Volley Eight

In my own opinion, the tide is completely changing. Rob is no longer playing the design game. Maybe he realizes that he can’t keep with Scott? I mean, Scott is a truly amazing designer. But what Rob’s got, is a sense of humor. And on a Friday afternoon after a long week, I’ll take the funny over the pretty.
I don’t even know how he came up with this idea, but I totally love it. Can Scott fight humor with beautiful design? We’ll find out soon enough.


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Photographs of the Past: Volley Seven

Okay, once again, I love this, but I have beef that Scott isn’t working off the individual designs more. He’s exploding them in a nuclear blast, which is really amazing to look at. But the only part that’s left from the last design are the paw prints on the polaroids. Although, Rob’s icky colored design is still rocking in the background, so I guess that’s something. But I’d rather see more of an effort to manipulate the existing image and less of making something completely new.

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They Can Communicate With Hand Signals: Volley Six

Hahaha… okay, this is awesome. Stripping away al of the color and keeping with a K.I.S.S. approach, I’m loving this one. Who needs fancy graphics when you’ve got one good, bold statement to sum things up for you? I thought I was going to hand this one over to Scott, but this just totally evened out the playing field.

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Primal Audio: Volley Five

Okay, wow. How he did this in 15 minutes is beyond me. Like seriously, did Scott make this last night? Cuz’ this is so awesome, I can’t believe it. But I do have an issue with this design as well. The only part of the design that was really incorporated is the second ring from the center, which has some of the details from the last match. And while the design is really cool, it’s like he started playing tennis with a football. There’s just not enough borrowed from the last round to please me, I guess.

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Out Of Left Field: Volley Four

Hmm. I’m not so hot on this return. I really like the shapes a lot, I think that’s a rad idea. But the colors are driving me nuts! They don’t go with the design, they’re just siting on top. I feel like this should be working with the design more, or talking shit, or something. Did I mention the colors? Blech.

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Totally Abstract: Volley Three

Wow. Scott’s taken the basics of what Rob did last round and put it through a pattern stamping machine (those exist, right?). I love how dark the background has become and how saturated the letters/shapes are now. If you look closely, you can see an arrow pattern which now gives the letters/shapes some dimension. And he threw the joystick back into the mix. A nice retaliation.

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Tigers in the Mist: Volley Two

Mr. Rob Cordiner strikes back, wiping away most of the last round and implanting his funky tiger striped text. I like the grey wash in the background as well, makes the word totally pop out. A pretty good return, though I’m digging Scott’s serve a little more so far…

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The Serve: Volley One

Alright, Layer Tennis started about 50 minutes ago, and so far things are looking pretty good. This should be a good match, both artists are really good, and their styles should compliment each other pretty well. What you see above was the serve from Mr. Scott Hansen. Definitely sticking to his style and what he knows, the image is full of a ton of patterns and details, and goes with his retro aesthetic. A very good way to start the match.

Bobby

November 9, 2007