Our Week 9 Qualifier features two great print designers, one specializing in books, the other in records. A quick check of the Layer Tennis viewer demographics indicates that those are two of your favorite things. Theyve chosen a theme of Identity today, and theyre both working through some nasty colds so well see what cough medicine can bring to Layer Tennis.
Rich Arnold plies his trade at St Martin's Press in Manhattan while freelancing and sleeping in Brooklyn. He took that gig on the heels of a Marvel Comics internship, which "allowed me to tell everyone I met under the age of eleven that Spider-Man worked for me." He's from New Jersey (Yes, he likes The Boss, I had to ask). He tells us, "I like CMYK more than I like RGB, but I'm pretty cool with both of them. When I'm not looking adjusting a point on the bowl of a "g" at 6400% I'm reading about depression era boxers, wishing I was as cool as Lando Calrissian and wondering why DC brought Barry Allen back."
Robbie Kanner is a designer, photographer, and new media artist outta the better Portland (Maine, duh.) In his work as a designer and artist, he investigates commodities within commercial aesthetics. Fueled by ginger ale, Robbie works primarily as a free-lancer, mostly with musicians. He's got a BA in New Media from the University of Maine, Farmington (Beaver Fever!). He's worked with organizations like Minnesota for Change and with labels such as Equal Vision, Merge, Atlantic, Labor Day Records, and Barsuk. By day, he's a designer at a theater, Portland Stage.
Layer Tennis qualifiers are played each Friday at 11:00, before our main match. Anyone who's interested in playing can drop us a line with samples of their work. We choose worthy competitors and give them a chance to strut their stuff in public.
Remember, there's no voting or "winner" in Q-matches.
If youre one of the wags who twittered The #lyt qualifiers have been as good as the main matches over the past couple weeks, youre absolutely right, we have a surplus of great talent here in the trenches this season, and in a couple weeks, youll have the chance to send a couple of the best to the post-season.
Check out this week's main match:
Jennifer Daniel vs Mike Monteiro
with commentary by Jeffrey Zeldman
at 1pm Central.
This week's qualifier:
Rich Arnold vs Robbie Kanner
(You are here.)
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