Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
How did the idea for doodles originate?
In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey placed a stick figure drawing behind the second “o” in the word, Google. This was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office” While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.
Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked the then current webmaster Dennis Hwang to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received by our users that Dennis was appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage. In the beginning they mostly celebrated familiar holidays; nowadays, they highlight a wide array of events and anniversaries from the The 1st Drive-In Movie to the the educator Maria Montessori.
As doodles have continued to grown, embrace new technologies, and experiment in different artistic mediums, the creation of doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illustrators (we call them doodlers) and engineers. For them, creating doodles has become a group effort to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world.
Who designs the doodles?
The doodle team consists of a group of illustrators and engineers behind each and every doodle you see.
How many doodles has Google done over the years?
Since 1998 there have been over 2,000 (and counting!) doodles on our homepages around the world. You can see them all at www.google.com/doodles or catch one on your Google homepage... You have to check each day because they come as a surprise!
Who chooses what doodles will be created and how do you decide which events will receive doodles?
Ideas come from all over including Google employees and users like you! The team meets weekly for brainstorming sessions but four times a year does an official review of all the ideas to come up with a schedule of about 90 doodles.
What’s the process for how a doodle is created?
Once the schedule has been created the actual doodling process begins with each doodler picking ones they want to work on. For local doodles running in a specific country (ex: France, Japan, Russia) the doodler is paired with a Googler in that country’s office. The local Googler helps advise on cultural relevancy and the doodler takes care of the design. Each doodle will go through rounds of revisions before being shared on the homepage. Feedback helps in its development and come from the local Googler as well as being reviewed in the team’s weekly creative review sessions. Once it’s finished, it’s prepared for launch, translations are added (ever notice that when you put your mouse on the doodle some text comes up) and then it’s off to a homepage near you!
I have a doodle idea. Can I submit it?
The doodle team is always excited to hear ideas from users – you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas for the next Google doodle.
Is there a place I can see every doodle ever made?
There is! You can always visit www.google.com/doodles to see all the doodles that have run around the world. You can record a tune on the Les Paul guitar doodle, play a game of PAC-MAN, or watch (some) of the Star Trek characters live long and prosper.