At the end of the last comment, I wondered aloud whether Mig would give in to Armin's shameless plea for brotherhood or wheel and stab him in the heart with a sharpened pencil. Mig let love rule. Layer #10 makes explicit what has been implicit all along: that each man in this competition is the complement to the other, the devil without whom he could not even begin to be godly. We've had oppositions over the course of this match: the jet-blue palette that Mig introduced counterweighted by the red of Armin's Rick James layer, the topical comedy of Armin's layer #3 papered over by Mig's pop-cuture references in layer #4. Most importantly, we've had the overarching thematic opposition: Armin's desire to explore but ultimately respect rules countered by Mig's desire to throw it all away.
Here, there's a meeting of the minds, and a meeting of the designers. Mig figures the two of them as partners in a television show -- a show, moreover, named "Ucllc," after the Twitter account of Armin's company, Under Consideration. There's also a "Glee" reference, obviously, in the hand. What Mig has done is to recast the entire competition as a show, as an entertainment. They are partners. They are Bill and Ted, or Harold and Kumar--or, more to the point, a design duo like Pinch or Raw Edges or Chermayeff&Geismar. Mig is asking us to see the entire competition as a collaborative work. I'm not sure what that means for choosing a winner, which usually implies choosing a loser (is there a hidden message in the position of the hand?). Maybe mig wants everyone to win. He seems like a nice guy. Armin, too.
However, don't let their niceness interfere with your duty. Be voters. Be opinionated. Vote. Here's how the voting works. Decide who you'd like to declare as winner of this quarterfinal, and then simply tweet their first name following a hash mark. In other words, voice your choice by tweeting either #armin or #mig. And, this is important, also include #lyt in that tweet. We'll leave the voting open all weekend and announce the winners on Monday.
Once again, thank you for attending this week's Layer Tennis quarterfinals. Please give today's designers a round of applause. It's not easy for them to design at this breakneck rate. And then, when they do, it's not easy for them to go back to the pace of normal life. Slowing down after accelerating can be dangerous. To quote from a Keanu Reeves movie that didn't feature in today's competition, "Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?"
Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Ben Greenman.
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