A playable Les Paul guitar, a Pac-Man game and a keyboard in celebration of Robert Moog. These are just some of the many doodles that Google has displayed on its home page.
What started in 1998 as a stick figure drawing behind the letter “o” to show the team were out of the office, has now developed into intricate designs, games and artistic representations of famous figures and events. Now there are more than 1,000 doodles which depicts both the famous and the less well-known, they feature anniversaries and some more idiosyncratic tributes, and are increasingly becoming interactive and shareable.
Source: Charlie Chaplin doodle.
Google’s Doodle team recently went to the Computer History museum, and participated in a lengthy discussion about the art and technology behind the beloved takes on Google’s logo.
The museum has posted the full length session on YouTube, so if you have about an hour and a half to kill, check out what they have to say:
And as long as the company retains its dominance, those sketches and scribbles – whether you see them as art, design, entertainment or hard-headed branding – will be a ubiquitous part of everyday browsing.