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Winner Announced! UO Libraries' 2016 Digital Wallpaper Design Competition

The UO Libraries Systems Department is pleased to announce the winner of our annual contest to design new digital wallpaper for the library's workstations and internet kiosks.

Kevin So, an architecture major, created the winning design that will be used on 500+ computers throughout all seven UO Libraries branches in the upcoming academic year. He receives a $300 prize and a certificate of recognition.

The winning design was chosen by a poll of library student workers and the library's Student Advisory Board. It features a family of origami ducks folded from the pages of textbooks and popular novels. However, the designer noted that the images were created digitally and "no actual library books were harmed in the production."

So indicated that, in addition to embracing visual simplicity, scientific research and user experience played important roles in his concept. "The main design is high-contrast with a dark background to reduce glare and energy usage. The kiosk display offers a slight variation in design and a warmer tone that increases task efficiency and keeps the kiosks available for use."

Open to all current UO students, the digital wallpaper design competition is now in its sixth year. UO Libraries received more than 30 entries for 2017, making this the most competitive wallpaper contest yet.

Congratulations, Kevin!

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