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The Google Doodle
June 26, 2013, 3:12 pm
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My best friend was in town last week and we went to see the movie The Internship (You know, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson?)… if you’ve seen it, then you know it’s all about Google!

Seeing the movie got me thinking about Google and all the things they do… including the little thing they call Google Doodles. Maybe you’ve heard of them! Anyway, I did a little research and found out some interesting tidbits about how they got started and how they have evolved over the years.

How did the idea of the doodles come about?

In 1998, before Google was even incorporated, founders Larry and Sergey started playing with the corporate logo to show that they were “out of the office” and at the Burning Man Festival. They added a small figure (the Burning Man) behind one of the o’s and posted it as a comical message to users.


Two years later, in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked Dennis Hwang, then an intern, to create a doodle for Bastille Day.


The doodle was so well received by users that Google decided to run with the idea and create doodles for everything from familiar holidays to a wide range of events and anniversaries around the world. In the beginning, images were simply added to the Google logo. However, as the doodle has evolved, they have become more complex – sometimes making users search for the Google letters and some are even animated.



Who creates the doodles?

Google has a team of illustrators (called doodlers) and engineers that think up and bring each doodle to life.

How many doodles have been created?

There have been over 1000 doodles posted on Google’s homepages around the world.

Here are some of my favorite Google Doodles:





Kristen Oaxaca, Graphic Designer


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