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Ben Greenman's Layer 5 Commentary

Design You Don’t Bring Home To Mother

A drastic change in palette, beads and braids. Those are the first things that are immediately apparent from Armin's layer #5. By focusing on Rick James (or, at least Dave Chappelle's Rick James), Armin has picked up a few threads from Mig's layer #4: comedy and bowdlerized profanity are the two most obvious. But there's also a thematic continuation: mood-altering substances (though there's a shift from explicit beer to implicit cocaine) and with them the notion of being high. Here, we're high not in a plane but in life, though not high on life.

Let's go back and recap the two big design elements of this layer. First, the change in palette. Up until now, we've been mostly blue, and mostly cool blue, which made sense. We were talking about air travel, and then specifically about JetBlue. The red shift suggests something more dangerous, and even devilish. Second, the beads and braids. Until now, most of the design has depended upon borrowed illustration or borrowed photographs. This is the first strong original icon. It looks like a pagoda of hair, and in that regard it extends the division that's been present since the start of the match: Mig looks for open spaces and escape, while Armin likes closed spaces, structures, and rules.

Oh, one last thing. Rick James is dead, of course. Sad. He lived his life to the fullest and then some, and the overflow eventually drowned him. But this May, long after he was put in the ground, a guy in Denver started robbing banks wearing a Rick James wig. The FBI called him the "Super Freak Bandit." He was caught. Our long national nightmare is over.


Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Ben Greenman.

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