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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Doodle 4 Google

Posted by Charley Parker at 3:50 pm

Doodle 4 Google
Those who don’t, like me, use a shortcut for search in a browser bar, but instead actually go to the Google homepage, will frequently see Google Doodles.

These are versions of the Google logo made of illustrated elements that, to one degree or anther, suggest or form the letters of the word.

Google has artists who work on these, and they can be wonderfully clever, imaginative and entertaining, as I’ve mentioned on occasion.

For the past 6 years, Google has been sponsoring a Doodle 4 Google competition for K-12 students in U.S. schools in which the participants create their own Google Doodles based on a theme.

The national winner gets their Doodle featured on the Google home page, is awarded a $30,000 college scholarship, a Wacom tablet (grin) and other prizes, and brings home a $50,000 grant to their school for establishment of a computer or technology lab.

This years theme was “My Best Day Ever…”, and the national winning entry (images above, bottom) from Sabrina Brady of Sparta High School, Wisconsin, is posted on the Google homepage today (May 23, 2013).

The pages devoted to the contest feature the national and state finalists and winners.

For those interested in next year’s competition, there is a FAQ page.

Despite the obvious self promotional aspect for Google, I like this because it not only encourages drawing, but creative thinking in the arrangement of graphic elements to make or contain the logo’s letters.

I was also pleased to see a high percentage of girls’ names among the finalists and winners.

Images above:
Maria I, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, NJ [6-7]
Madelyn K, Homeschool, IN [6-7]
Lauren S, Sheridan High School, WY [8-9]
Marissa F, Urbandale Middle School, IA [8-9]
Andrea S-L, Washington High School, WV [10-12]
Drexel B, Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, VT [8-9]
Natasha D, Lake City Junior Academy, ID [K-3]
Amy L, Highland Park High School, TX [10-12]
Audrey Z, Michael F. Stokes Elementary School, NY [4-5]
Sabrina Brady, Sparta High School, Wisconsin, [10-12]

4 comments for Doodle 4 Google »

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  1. Comment by David J. Teter
    Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 3:59 am

    Why is it better to go to the Google homepage?
    Does it make a difference in some way?


  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    The only difference is that on the homepage you will see the Google Doodles when they are posted. Search is the same.

  3. Comment by Bill Carman
    Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    This is much better than asking the artists to do it for exposure.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I still in general strongly disapprove of art or illustration “contests”, in which companies use the lure of prizes and eventual payment (and “exposure”) for the “winner” to extract work on spec from large numbers of artists, allowing the company to pick their eventual logo or advertisement illustration from a pool of artists without paying the majority of them.

    This is quite different, however, in intention and focus.

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