Lovin’ the Google Doodle

Doesn’t everyone enjoy the Google doodle?

The very first Google doodle appeared long before the company was even incorporated, back in 1998. The founders were just fooling around, and came up with this doodle … just a stick figure behind one of the ‘o’s’ …. to represent to others that the founders were “out of the office.”

The very first google doodle.

The very first Google doodle.

At first the Google doodles celebrated only familiar holidays. Over the years they have broadened their scope and they now doodle all kinds of anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones. To date, Google has made over 1000 doodles that have appeared on homepages all over the world.

Mother's Day in Ireland March 10, 2013

Mother’s Day in Ireland March 10, 2013

One of the most popular doodles celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac Man in 2010. It was an interactive doodle. By clicking on “insert coin” the game would begin and you could play the arcade classic on the Google logo.

You can see ALL the Google doodles (searchable and sortable by year and/or by country), by browsing through the Google Museum.

There is also a Google Doodle Store so that you can sport your favorite Doodle on a t-shirt, a mug or many other products.

To learn more about Google Doodles and the doodlers who create them, click here and here. If you have an idea for a Google doodle, you are welcome to submit a proposal to proposals@google.com (they get hundreds a DAY, however, so it better be good!)

Screen shot 2013-03-06 at 7.27.02 PM

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12 thoughts on “Lovin’ the Google Doodle

  1. I loved today’s doodle in honor of Saul Bass. Thanks for the good post – I’ll have to check out some of the links.

  2. I LOVE the doodles. Sometimes I try to guess what it is before scrolling over. I never get it right. A recent favourite of mine was the South African Freedom Day made to look like African beading. It was too cute.

  3. I remember when I first saw the doodle. I am the most unobservant person in the world, and I didn’t realize there were any until a few years ago when someone pointed it out to me. They are delightful. Thanks for sharing the history! 🙂

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