We all wonder why Google does that but it surely leaves an impact on our overall search mechanism. Doodles are something that makes Google different from others!
With a doodle, Google replaces its regular logo by a stylized version that celebrates holidays, birthdays and other dates of international significance. It has certainly made the search experience more enjoyable and fun.
The company has used them practically from the beginning: The first doodle dates back to 1998. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!
Creating the doodles isn’t something that’s taken lightly. In fact, Google has a dedicated team of four “Doodlers” who create the bulk of the illustrations. The first doodle, a drawing of Burning Man, was created by then-intern Dennis Hwang in 1998 at the behest of company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. A Thanksgiving-themed sketch soon followed, but it was another year before they returned, with doodles for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Yesterday’s Google doodle paid tribute to legendary German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe on his 126th birth anniversary. The building in the doodle is the SR Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, regarded as one of masterpieces of Mies. The building comprised only glass and steel in its exteriors.
Regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, Mies is said to have never taken any formal architectural training. He worked with several architects before he developed his own style. Like many of his post-World War I contemporaries, Mies wanted to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times. He strived towards architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space, according to Wikipedia. He is known to call his buildings "skin and bones" architecture.
There have been some pretty great Doodles in recent years and people have loved them totally.
Google honored the 164th birthday of the great American inventor Thomas Edison. The Doodle was animated, featuring a telegraph machine that types out “G” in Morse code as well as a glowing light bulb.
Charlie Chaplin’s birthday got some special treatment, as Google unveiled a short video of a Chaplin-lookalike interacting with a Google logo.
The 115th anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray was commemorated in November 2010 with an x-ray of the company's logo with bones and other items inside it.
Mark Twain received a Google Doodle apparently depicting a scene from his famous novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, to mark his 176th birthday in November last year.
The now famous Les Paul Google Doodle allowed you to not only interact with a guitar, but record your songs as well. This led to numerous YouTube videos of people playing famous songs using the playable Doodle, and it turned out to be a major productivity killer. This Doodle was probably the most popular one of 2011.
Earlier this month Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was honoured with a Google doodle marking the 155th anniversary of his birth.
Google always focus on making its doodles as diverse as possible and definitely memorable. The search engine giant has done few unforgettable doodle revolving around the culture and people of Middle East.
Google celebrated UAE’s 40th anniversary by organising Doodle 4 Google ‘My UAE’ school competition. This was just one way that Google wanted to get involved in the Emirati community and connect with users to contribute to the local culture.
Visitors to Google Doodle in the Middle East and North Africa were once greeted with the theme of Mohammed Abdel Wahab's 110th birthday; it grabbed a lot of appreciation again.
It's always great when a Middle Eastern historical figure gets global recognition in a mainstream way. In celebration of, famous Moroccan explorer, Ibn Battuta’s 707th birthday, Google put up a Doodle honoring famed Ibn Battuta.
Showing across the Arab world on February 25th, the Doodle paid tribute to one of the greatest travellers of all time through various scenes from his adventures across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and China. The doodle depicted Ibn Battuta’s 70,000+ mile journey and the many different monuments he visited. The interactive doodle cleverly conceals 16 different monuments for the viewer to discover.