If you’re a regular user of the search engine Google, you’re probably familiar with Google’s doodles. Normally, a doodle is a picture you draw or something you write when you’re not really paying attention, maybe while you’re bored in a class or a meeting, or talking to someone on the phone. Google’s doodles are a little different. They are creative versions of the Google logo (word and/or picture that represents a company).
The doodles began when the founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, left the office in Northern California to attend the Burning Man festival in the state of Nevada. (The Burning Man festival is one of the topics of this week’s English Cafe 305). Before they left, they put up on the website a version of the Google logo with the symbol (picture representing something) of the festival behind it, with a note that said “Be back later.” From that point on, someone going to the Google homepage on a holiday or a noteworthy (worth remembering) date might find a special version of the Google logo made for just that occasion. Last year, Google produced 271 doodles, often commemorating (remembering and showing respect for) the birthdays of important people, inventions (new things someone has created), movies, children’s shows, and of course, holidays.
Until recently, I didn’t know that many of the doodles were localized, intended just for a particular country or region. Take a look at past doodles and you’ll see doodles created for many occasions and for many events and countries. Some of them are quite amazingly creative (using original ideas; using the imagination), like the Pac-Man and Tetris doodles honoring the old video games that actually allowed you play. If you like this type of creative design work, perhaps you could aspire to (wish for; hope one day to get) a job at Google. There is now an entire branch (section; department) at the company with several full-time designers and engineers who create new doodles.
Looking at doodles past and present, do you have any favorites?
Graphic Credit: “Pacman10-hp.png” from Wikipedia