Google – Doodle

Google, now-a-days is making the web experience more fun filled one with its creative Logos aka DOODLES. Let us take a look at the history of these doodles.

The first Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998. The doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor, until Larry and Sergey asked then-intern Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day in 2000. Hwang has been designing the Google Doodles ever since. Clicking on a Google Doodle links to a string of Google search results about the topic, which can drive a lot of traffic to unsuspecting sites.

Google was criticized in 2007 for not featuring versions of the Google logo for American patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. That year, Google featured a logo commemorating Veterans Day. Google unveiled a steady stream of Doodles in 2009, including one with Mahatma Gandhi’s face on October 2, 2009, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, which is observed by the UN as the International Day for Non-Violence.

Notable Doodles

On Friday, May 21, 2010, Google created a doodle to celebrate the 30th birthday of Pac-Man. It is their first (possibly the world’s first) playable logo. The logo contains an accurate re-creation of the Pac-Man game that can be played in a browser (it contains 255 levels).

On Sunday, July 11, 2010, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final was commemorated by a Google doodle showing the stadium where the match was played that night.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, Google ran one of its most interactive Doodles in honor of Sci-Fi writer Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday. “Pulling” on a lever enabled viewers to get a Nautilus submarine’s view undersea of everything from divers to treasure to sea creatures, including a coral formation in the shape of the logo.

On Friday, April 15, 2011, Google sported the first video doodle, commemorating Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd birthday. This doodle was a black and white YouTube video that, when clicked upon, started playing before redirecting to the usual Google search featuring the doodle’s special occasion. All parts in this short film were played by the Google doodle team, and special behind-the-scenes footage was to be found on the Google blog.

On September 4, 2010, Google replaced the logo with an interactive Buckminsterfullerene or “buckyball” doodle to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its discovery.

On December 24, 2010, Google launched their holiday logo to celebrate Christmas. The logo was a combination of 17 images with each image referring to a cuisine, an instrument or a place, such as Nepal. It contained 17 frames with each frame depicting something different which maximizes when the user hovers on any image.

On September 6, 2010, Google added another interactive logo, which consisted of numerous coloured balls that fly near a cursor.

On April 29, 2011, the Google search page featured a logo in honor of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton.

Google displayed an interactive electric guitar doodle starting June 9, 2011 to celebrate the 96th birthday of Les Paul. Apart from being able to hover the cursor over the doodle to strum the strings just like one of Les Paul’s Gibson guitars, there was also a keyboard button, which when enabled allowed interaction with the doodle via the keyboard. The doodle still maintained some resemblance to the Google logo. In the U.S, the doodle also allowed the user to record a 30 second clip, after which a URL is created and able to be sent to others. The doodle remained on the site an extra day due to popularity in the US. It now has its own page linked to the Google Doodles archives.

On June 15, 2011, Google displayed images updated almost in real time of an ongoing total lunar eclipse, along with a scroll bar allowing visitors to view images from the entire duration of the event.Images were captured from cameras in places where the eclipse was visible including South Africa, Dubai and the Canary Islands.

Take a look at the Wiki page for the LIST OF DOODLES

 Take a look at the OFFICIAL DOODLE PAGE 

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