(the Los Angeles link will give you the contestants)
The competitors sit side by side going at it. They have 15 minutes, and they know their topics one week earlier. I wasn’t sure if that was the best way to do it, but it does insure that the work will be thought out with great quality. Turntablists do routines too. Freestylers may not, but they do have some chops set up. Us judges were introduced and stood right behind them. We looked over their shoulders. We were free to stand anywhere we wanted. Sometimes, we ventured on the floor to see the work on the big screen. I tried hard to pay attention to each workstation and to think about what concepts they were working on, what techniques they were using, and their overall final piece.
It was a classic battle of the underdog (Elvis) and Jim who seemed like the favorite. Jim has super pro quality illustration and Illustrator skills. He’s definitely schooled and definitely a working pro. Elvis, a working pro, has a raw style, he’ll draw with the tablet, make crooked lines, imperfect circles, and somehow turns out a final product that has a lot of soul. Jim walked away with the MacBook.
A lot of us have grown up with computers. We’ve become more isolated chatting via icq, aim, or email, while we’re working on our projects. People? Friends? We have them, but the definition’s been turned upside down. Some are virtual, some aren’t. How do we get together and see or meet other designers? The Cut and Paste event put the computer geeks center stage for a night.