Behind the Scenes with the Google Doodle Team

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Calling all young artists: there are only a few days left to submit artwork for the 2012 US Doodle 4 Google. In the video below, our doodle team (the Googlers who design the artwork you see from time to time on Google’s homepage) shows how Google doodles are created as a special encouragement to young artists to get involved in this year’s contest. And don’t forget, all submissions are due March 23rd so there’s not a moment to wait!

The Google4Doodle initiative gives K-12 students in the U.S. an opportunity to redesign Google’s homepage logo. This year’s theme is “If I could travel, in time, I’d visit…”

The contest will accept submissions until March 23rd, and the winning design will be displayed on Google’s homepage May 18th. Four national finalists, as determined by Google employees around the country and an open online voting system, will win a $5,000 college scholarship. One national winner will win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

Last year’s national winner, eight-year-old Matteo Lopez, drew a space scene in which the Google “G” turned into an alien that slurped juice out of the Google”O” Earth.

“It wasn’t him trying to be right,” Google Doodler Michael Dutton explains in the video, “it was just him having fun, and that definitely registered with us.”

Learn more:

Mashable: Where Do Google Doodles Come From?