Google Doodles are a fun and creative way Google commemorates special dates by means of using a modified version of their logo on their main website at Google.com. Most people don’t know it, but they started as a simple stick figure added to one of the company logo’s “o’s” as a way of notifying their users that the website was on downtime, and they were mostly made by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who started the tradition when they visited the Burning Man festival in 1998 and had to leave the site on downtime during that time.
Nowadays, Doodles are much more intricate and creative, and they are made by a specialized team of graphic designers, artists, and web developers, who went from releasing around 30 a year (right after the team was founded) to planning and releasing around 90 every quarter of the year.
Back in the year of 2010, the first interactive Google Doodle was made to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, and it allowed users to actually play a real game of Pac-Man inside of their Doodle. It was one of the most revolutionary things seen on the internet at the time, and the fact that Google made it without any special announcements or fanfare goes to show the level of dedication that the brand gives to their image and their relation with the public.
Some of the most iconic and popular Doodles ever seen are the ones that celebrate artists and other important people for their creations, and this warranted for some level of interaction that gave the Doodles a whole new level of depth and feeling to the user. We’ve picked some of our favorite interactive Doodles seen in recent years so that you can get a bit of an idea of their incredible innovation.
This doodle came in celebration of Valentine’s day, and it made an interesting combination of the popular love and friendship celebration with George Ferris’ 154th birthday, which is also February the 14th. The Doodle was presented in a very interesting way: the Google letters were represented by attractions in an amusement park, with the biggest ones being Ferris wheels, and when the user activated the animation, two animals would meet up at the center and go on a mini date. Adorable, fun, and very creative!
He is most famous for designing and creating the iconic solid-body electric guitar that has his name, and he’s one of the most famous guitar manufacturers that ever lived. The Les Paul electric guitar has been wielded by many legendary guitar players, and Google commemorated this by literally turning their logo into a guitar, so that users worldwide could create music themselves, just by accessing google.com.
One of the best aspects about Google doodles is the fact that some of them seem to come out of nowhere, referencing obscure or unknown events that are not always in line with the most popular choices. This was the case back in 2013, when they referenced the Roswell incident, a day that is still shrouded in mystery and related to paranormal and supposedly extraterrestrial beings. Google commemorated this date by turning their logo into an interactive adventure, where you take the role of a little boy who helps an alien rebuild his ship.
Who knows what wonderful interactive doodles Google will bring next, but one thing is for sure, they’re the most memorable and interesting ones.