[Important: see the retraction.]
Excepting his font selection, there isn't much locking Ethan's slides together. It's tough to feel disappointed, though, when the individual slides demonstrate such tight, formal skill.
Ethan compresses a semester of design instruction into four slides.
The first two are photographic cannonballs, powerful images which slam right through my quality control checkpoints. With his final slide he conjures up the same effect, only by exclusion, using empty space to accentuate his lists of life-completed and life-to-come.
The third slide at first seems like Text Gone Wild! but it is by far my favorite. Ethan includes so much text and he imposes so much order to it (there's some precision gridding at work here) the result is a text-heavy slide which (oddly) begs you not to read it but just to look at it.
Ethan's point with slide three isn't that, hey, I connect with artist Ben Frost. It's that he connects with a lot of people — more artists than bloggers, more bloggers than authors. Ethan manipulates our perception of his work so precisely, which is a skill I can't help but commend.
The judges invite Ethan to deliver an acceptance speech here, perhaps correcting our speculation and explaining his design. Congratulations are in order either way.
Second Place (tie): 09h00 PST Second Place (tie): 12h00 PST
- First Place: 15h00 PST