Google Doodle Experience Evolves; Gets More Creative Over the Years

Written By Sam on 11 May 2011
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Have you checked today’s Google Doodle yet? I am sure you have. For not a day goes without us referring to the site for whatever reason. Today’s doodle celebrated the 117th birthday of the US choreographer Martha Graham, one of the progenitors of modern dance of modern dance.

When doodles were first created in 1998, they may have started as decorative changes made to the search giant’s logo “to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists,” but they have now become an integral part of the search experience, and how! How did it start? Well, here’s the official story: “Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. A stick figure drawing was placed behind the 2nd ‘o’ in the word, Google and the revised logo 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 well received by our users.”

Today’s doodle shows dancers spelling out the six letters of Google in deft, Graham-conceived moves. The doodle captures five movements in all understood to have been conceptualized way back in the the Twenties and Thirties.

If you are an Android fan, you may be aware of the speculation the search engine created by celebrating the anniversary of the ice cream sundae sometime back. We have been hearing so much about a new Android OS version on the anvil, codenamed Ice Cream. But while tech blogs went crazy drawing insinuations, Google enjoyed the hype even as it celebrated the 119th anniversary of the dessert’s existence.

Google doodles have evolved over the years and you can catch the transition at www.google.com/logos. The search giant even posted a playable game last year when it celebrated the Pac Man arcade title.

Today, the search giant has a group of regular Googlers who put their heads together to decide on which holidays and events to commemorate. Some such events are celebrated globally, whereas there are others that are region/country specific. There is a dedicated team of designers feverishly working to make the doodles more interesting.

To heighten the doodle excitement, the search giant even conceptualized a ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest sometime back. This year too the contest is K-12 students in US schools (including home schoolers). There are three categories under which entries were invited; and unlike last year when each school could only submit six doodles, this year the cap has been removed to allow the children’s creative juices to flow free. Every child will be able to submit just one doodle though. The short-listed doodles have been put up on the official site for voting. Regional votings have already started. The final winning doodle is scheduled to appear on Google.com on 20 May 2011.

Clearly, the relatively simple idea of decorating the Google logo seems to have found a new definition over the years. With animation, games and competitive thrill thrown in, Google doodles are set to get bigger and better.

One Response to “Google Doodle Experience Evolves; Gets More Creative Over the Years”

  1. Techatlast says:

    This is awesome! The rate at which Google is going makes me understand this blog post very well. Thanks for sharing

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