Think you could draw a Google Doodle?
Google is holding a competition where participants design a Google Doodle! The winner will receive $10,000 for university/college, a trip to the ‘Googleplex’, a laptop, and a t-shirt with their doodle. This contest is limited to students from K-12 and only those living in the United States. So if that applies to you, why not talk to your school administrators about signing up? Do it quick though, the deadline for registration is March 28/08 with the deadline for the actual doodle on April 12/08. 2-36th place finishes will also win a trip to the Googleplex!
In the meantime, why not check out these ten quick tips from the ultimate Google Doodler himself, Dennis Hwang?
- Make sure your design complements the shape of the letters in the Google logo, but don’t let that restrict your creativity.
- Experiment with different media to see which one works best for your design (you can even create your doodle on your PC).
- Don’t over-complicate your design – simpler images often have the most impact.
- Remember that your design could end up on the Google homepage, so imagine how it will look on screen.
- To find inspiration around the “What if…?” theme, try thinking about the future and how you would like it to differ from the present.
- Remember to use color well and think about how it interacts with a white background.
- Avoid commercial or copyrighted images.
- Think outside the box – try to create a doodle that’s different from your classmates and hasn’t been done before.
- Feel free to use the space behind and in front of the Google letters, but try to maintain your design’s overall balance.
- Have fun! “Doodle 4 Google” is all about creativity and enjoying designing fun things.