Like all the other students, I was once a bored little kid inattentively listening to the murmurs of my professor and the never-ending whirs of our classroom’s ceiling fan. Those were the days I developed my love for doodles. A little monster here and the sun over there, before I know it, the hours have passed me by.
Doodles are images which are drawn randomly or absentmindedly. They can be simple drawings, random lines or abstract pictures. Some may be a concrete representation of something, while others are just casual sketches or outlines.
Google doodle had been an eye candy for every Google user ever since its release. But how did it all start?
Well one day, Google founder, Larry and Sergey decided to come to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada desert. It is an annual music and art festival. To inform everyone that they are ‘out of the office’, they played with Google’s corporate logo; putting a stickman behind Google’s second ‘O’ whose arms and legs extend to form an X. Neat, isn’t it? At least, Google users would know that in case their website experiences some technical problems or their phone would be unattended, they wouldn’t be there to attend immediately. That doodle sparked the idea of decorating Google’s home page with fun scribbles and drawings to commemorate cultural moments.
Imagine how far the stickman had gone.
Larry and Sergey had more things to do so they decided to ask Dennis Hwang, an intern at that time, to do a Google doodle for Bastille Day in France. He has produced almost 150 doodles by 2004; although doodling is just a small part of his job (he is Google’s international webmaster who manages international site content).
From then on, doodles became regulars on Google’s home page. Doodles take their part in commemorating public holidays. Google doodle also had its share on birthdays of historical and public figures; Monet in 2001, Picasso in 2002 and so on. It soon became diverse, covering wider range such as events and anniversaries. What once started as a stickman has now become avariety of illustrations.
Did you know that since 1998, there have been over 2,000, and counting, doodles? Of course, Hwang wasn’t the only man behind the job. There is a professional team of illustrators, graphic designers, animators and artist who works full time which has to be credited for a job well done.
Because every Google doodle is great, it has been preserved by Google on their Google archive. You can check every doodle which has been featured on their home page and enjoy the interactive doodles once again!
Do you want to know a secret? If you have a doodle idea, you can email it at [email protected]! A shout out to all you people who had mastered the art of doodling. The overflowing jealousy is oozing on my blood right now.