It’s amazing how much of our lives have been infiltrated by Google. For a number of years now, the search-engine driven megalith has enthralled users with its cleverly informative doodles, which open up your database to all sorts of interesting facts about Hedy Lamarr, or as this is being written, Yma Sumac, the Peruvian soprano who was one of the main proponents of exotica music in the 1950s.
And in the creative spirit the company is known for fostering, for a few years, Google has been inviting kids to get involved by designing their own Google Doodle. To be precise, the competition is called Doodle 4 Google, and it’s open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade from anywhere in the U.S. including Puerto Rico and Guam, who love art and are willing to share their talent with the world’s biggest internet company and potentially — well, everyone Google reaches.
The young artists are invited to bring their talents to bear on the Google logo — which, for the uninitiated, has taken on a myriad of forms and guises over the years — creating a version in any medium they choose. The winning design will be what millions of Google users see for one day when they go to the site to look something up.
There is a theme for the contest: “What I see for the future” which can literally be anything they can envision for the future, whether personal or of a more universal appeal.
Doodle 4 Google now has quite a history. As noted on its very own website, it’s an outgrowth of the Google produced doodles which are so popular:
In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.” While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.
Two years later the current webmaster was asked to create a doodle for Bastille Day, and the rest is history: “It was so well received by our users that Dennis [Hwang] was appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage,” said the history on the website.
So now, maybe it’s your turn — or that of an appropriately aged artist you know. The contest will be officially announced Wednesday, September 14. So everything you need to know will be available here: doodles.google.com/d4g.
And if you forget that URL, don’t worry; you’ll be able to Google it.