Ever wondered why you sometimes open up Google and see a fancy search box rather than the usual Google-branded one? What you’re seeing are ‘Google Doodles’. You’ll usually see them on significant days- holidays, celebrations and anniversaries- the latter often related to famous artists, scientists and pioneers.
According to Google, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started playing around with the concept of the doodle in 1998- even before the company was incorporated. The first Google doodle was an ‘out of office’ message created by the founders themselves.
Google first appointed a Chief Doodler in 2000, after then-intern Dennis Hwang’s Bastille Day doodle was greeted with great enthusiasm by Google users. From that point on, Google doodles have become a fairly regular feature on the Google homepage.
These days there is an entire team of “doodlers” at Google, made up of illustrators and engineers. Ideas for doodles come both from Google and Google users. Ideas are chosen if they are deemed to reflect Google’s personality and love of innovation. Once the idea has been selected, the doodlers get to work. Some doodles are still, some are animated, some even have a musical score! Doodles are often created for individual countries: for example, doodles have been created to celebrate Australia Day and to mark Australian election days.
To date, Google has created more than 2000 doodles.
A quick search shows that there haven’t yet been any doodles related to dentistry or teeth. I’m thinking that’s a bit of an oversight on Google’s behalf! If you have any ideas for a doodle, you can submit them to the doodle team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need a small diversion, you can look Google’s archive of doodles here: http://www.google.com/doodles. It’s easy to get lost down this particular rabbit hole, so it might be a good idea to set a timer!)
Image credit: Google’s Doodle Archive http://www.google.com/doodles/australia-day-2015