The freshman Web Design students at Southwest CTA are competing the the Doodle 4 Google contest where they will learn some of the basics of Adobe’s Photoshop.
Photo Credit: Maureen Clark

Freshmen Web Development Students and Video Game Design Students in Graphics Design I Class are required to create designs for the Doodle 4 Google contest.

“The most challenging part of the contest was not creating the design, it was thinking of the idea. Once I got my idea I knew exactly what to do. This was a tough, yet fun contest,” freshman Aundie Soriano said.

To make a Google logo involving the theme “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”, the students learned how to use Photoshop and Wacom Tablets. For this assignment, they were required to use various brushes creating values in their doodles.

“Doodle for Google is a great assignment for the students to use their creativity while learning photoshop.  The theme this year was very attractive to the students and they were excited to get started on it.  ‘If I could travel in time i would go…’ left them with a very broad topic to illustrate,” Web and Video Game Design Teacher Mrs. Maureen Clark said.

The competition, hosted by Google, is open to students K-12. Each logo is limited to one per child.

“Doing Doodle 4 Google aided me in using Adobe Photoshop, and it is beneficial in the long run because I am going to be utilizing graphic editing throught my years at SWCTA,” freshman Tyler Paraiso said.

Judging criteria is based on artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication. The judges include a panel of Google employees as well as guest judges such as Jordin Sparks, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and Brian Nemeckay. The students mailed their logos to the Doodle for Google P.O. Box and Courier Service in New York by March 20. People may vote from May 2 to May 10, and the winning doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 17.

Visit http://www.google.com/doodle4google/ later in May to view the winning submission.