Four Upcoming Design Contests from Google, Firefox, Walmart and Core77 for High School, College Students & Pros

Check out four upcoming design contests for high school students, college students and professionals. In case you missed it, read more about more design competitions like Vimeo’s 2012 Festival and Awards (deadline February 20) competition in in our “competitions” category here.

Doodle 4 Google 2012

Doodle 4 Google Design Contest 2012

Design Contest Description: Doodle 4 Google is a contest where Google invites students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see. This year, Google is asking students to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”

Prizes: One lucky student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage and take home some cool prizes– and as a special bonus, the winning artwork will appear on a limited edition of Crayola’s iconic 64 box!

Cost: Free

Google doodles from the Doodle 4 Google 2011 Awards GalleryGuidelines: The Doodle 4 Google competition is now open to all K-12 students in U.S. schools (including home schoolers). Parents, teachers, or after school programs may submit doodles on behalf of their child or student as long as they are accompanied by a completed and signed entry form. Like last year, there is no cap on the number of submissions from one school, family, or after school program but Google requires that only one doodle is submitted per child. In the case of duplicate submissions by a single child, we will accept the submission that arrives first as determined by the “received by” date. Completed entry forms must be received by March 23rd.

Key dates:
Jan 18 – Mar 23, 2012 Doodle submissions accepted
May 2 – 10, 2012 Online voting
May 17, 2012 Awards ceremony
May 18, 2012 Winning doodle on homepage

Judges: Google has a panel of guest judges– actors, singers, illustrators and cartoonists– who will help judge Doodle 4 Google. This year’s guest judges, include singer, Katy Perry, singer and actress, Jordin Sparks, creator and executive producer of Phineas and Ferb, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh,  creator of the Knufflebunny series, Mo Willems, author and illustrator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, respectively, assistant director for public programs and Lifelong Learning for Children, Teens and Families at The New York Public Library, Jack Martin, and Crayola’s digital design creative director, Brian Nemeckay .

Visit for more information and to see doodles from previous Doodle 4 Google contests.

Core77 Design Awards

Core77 2012 Design Awards Competition

Design Contest Description: Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. For its second year, Core77 presents 17 categories, providing designers, researchers and writers (both professional and student-level) a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts.

Guidelines: Open to students and professionals. For more information about guidelines, visit

Professionals: $120
Professional Pro Bono: $40
DIY: $40
Student: $40

Key Dates:
Tuesday, March 13
Early bird deadline
Tuesday, April 10 Entry deadline
Monday-Friday, July 9–13 Live results broadcasts
Thursday, September 27 Awards celebration

For more information about the 2012 design awards, visit To browse the 2011 award winners gallery, click here.

Firefox Flicks Video Contest

Firefox character illustrations

Video Contest Description: As a non-profit, Firefox is “the only browser that puts you first.” Firefox is putting you in the director’s chair to help spread their message. Create a short video ad or story (a “flick”) in one of four categories to help people better understand the issues they face online, and demonstrates how Firefox helps them deal with these issues. “In short, help us tell the story of Firefox — why we do what we do and how that helps users on the Web.”

Videos will be judged on quality of shooting, editing and how closely they align with the creative brief.

Firefox logoQualifications: This contest is open to anyone in world. The Firefox team will select one winner for North America, one winner for Latin America, one winner for Asia, Australia & New Zealand and one winner for Europe & Africa.

Cost: Free

Key Dates: The Firefox Flicks contest site will open in February 2012.

For more information, visit:

Walmart’s Get on the Shelf Contest

Video Contest Description: Walmart is hosting a contest, Get on the Shelf, that allows companies to bypass the traditional sales process and compete for a virtual space on Walmart’s website, as well as in its stores. In order to compete, a company must enter a video of the product. Ten videos will be selected as semi-finalists after a public vote, narrowed to three finalists, and then finally the grand prize winner

“For a long time, the ability to get a product into a retail store was at the sole discretion of the store buyer,” said Venky Harinarayan, senior vice president of Walmart Global e-commerce. “We are removing these barriers by giving anyone a chance to launch their product at Walmart and reach millions of shoppers nationwide.”

Key Dates:
Feb. 22, 2012 Deadline
March 7 to April 3, 2012 Voting Round 1
April 11 to April 24, 2012 Voting Round 2

• Featured placement on,
• Valuable marketing support,
• Advice on scaling up, and a spot on Walmart store shelves

For more information, visit

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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