Web Sightings for February 2010

Lego Explorer photo by kennymatic, CC Attribution License

Is it February already? That means its time for another listing of Web Sightings:

Registration is open for the 2010 Doodle 4 Google competition that invites K-12 students to redesign the Google homepage logo based on the theme, “If I Could Do Anything, I Would …”

Check out the Google Apps Education Community for all things Google has developed for education.

Powerful Projects has created some buzz on Twitter lately and you may have already seen it. If not, it’s definitely worth visiting (and bookmarking). Created by Ellen McMillan and Ann Ayers, the same two Florida art teachers who started Haiti Houses, Powerful Projects links to a number of social action projects and collaborative art projects that connect students to others beyond their classrooms. Among the list are several of my favorites, including Rotoball, Wish Tags, and the Fundred Project.

TYPOGRAPHICS from BoCa on Vimeo.

Typographics is an informative animate short, created by students in the Digital Design Program at Vancouver Film School, that introduces viewers to the evolution and main characteristics of typography.

Here is quite an inventive use of the artist book to advertise the Rethink Scholarship for aspiring art directors and designers at Langara College’s Communication and Ideation Design program in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Check out this captivating online calendar campaign for Uniglo, a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer, that uses tilt-shift effects quite effectively. You need to spend some time exploring the archives to discover the richness of the site.

Browse 100 Great Blogs for Art Students & Enthusiasts from Online College. Also, worth perusing is 100 Essential Blog Posts for the First-Year Teacher.

If you teach drawing to students, here is a nice tutorial on drawing hands from cedarseed.com. Also, 8 Drawing Exercises That Every Artist Should Practice from Today in Art offers a collection of worthwhile activities that are equally relevant for the classroom.

Lastly, if you’re a parent, a teacher or spend any amount of time online, don’t miss FRONTLINE’s In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Watch the PBS program online and check out the Web-based exclusives for more thought-provoking material.