Did you notice the chrome tulips displayed on Google’s homepage on April 30th? They’re part of a special Google doodle done by artist Jeff Koons. They also marked the launch of the iGoogle Artists project, which allows users to customize their iGoogle homepages with original designs by artists from around the globe. Read more about the project here. Apparently Koons is not the only notable personage participating in the project. Artists, designers and other notables involved include, but are not limited to, Dale Chihuly, Coldplay, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Michael Graves, Philippe Starck, Robert Mankoff, Mark Morris, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Geddes and Tory Burch.
Why would any artist choose to participate? Obviously Google makes an incredible platform to display an artist’s work. And I’m confident the billion dollar company pays well. For Google, of course, the benefits are clear in the competition for search engine market share.
Google’s webmaster, Dennis Hwang, is the artist behind the Google doodle. His drawings are viewed by nearly 180 million people a day! Business Week profiled Hwang in June 2007.
Also coming up from Google is the announcement of the finalist in the Doodle 4 Google design competition for K-12 students. Go here to vote for your favorite. Look for the winning design to be announced on May 22.
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