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Rosecrans Baldwin's Layer 1 Commentary

Whereupon Ye Olde Wozniack Clapped His Meaty Mitts

1884 was one hell of a good year. First, it was a leap year, and everyone felt special. Second, in the United States the concept of an "eight-hour workday" was introduced, which is why people worked longer hours in 1885 ("eight hours is so 1884").

And by 1884, a German clock maker, Ottmar Mergenthaler, had conceived of a newspaper machine, the Linotype machine, which was soon used to print the New York Tribune and a large book called The Tribune Book of Open-Air Sports.

That last bit is not a joke, I'll point out. Thank you, Wikipedia. Too bad closed-air sports didn't make the cut. Was there no Layer Tennis back then?

And so Frank begins our Layer Tennis match with an animated GIF that I'm taking for an Apple parody. Not too wild or punchy, graphically, but clever, sure, and fun. Now, remember, Frank's battling today on behalf of Linotype: The Film, so the layers of reference are several:

1. Today's designers owe their jobs to early printers. Honor history, computer jockeys, or beware its wrath.

2. If Steve Jobs existed in 1884 (which he probably did), his Keynote would have looked something like this GIF.

3. You caught the "boom" reference, right, nerds? Right?

Let's see how Greg responds. The challenge will be finding a narrative-like reply while also incorporating pieces of his own Kickstarter project. It's a beautiful Friday, we're here to celebrate art projects and graphical combustion, and if it's too early to begin drinking where you are, we pity you fondly. On to the next one...


Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Rosecrans Baldwin.

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