What’s that Doodle on my Google?

When we need questions solved, the first place to turn to is Google. We don’t even have to think about it because Google is top-of-mind; the majority of us have Google.com set as our homepage. With that being known, Google had created some pretty sweet Google Doodles.

The neat thing about Google Doodles is they act as attractive visual reminders of what a particular day is. You click on your browser, Google loads and then, What’s this? Lookie here! Nice pictures on the homepage! That’s right, today’s that famous person’s birthday!

I asked Millennials what were some of their memorable (Global) Google Doodles:

1.  PAC-MAN

The PAC-MAN is the number one most memorable Doodle mentioned when I spoke with Millennials. This interactive piece was displayed on May 21, 2010, which marked PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary. As many of us played PacMan as kids, there was a sense of nostalgia this Google Doodle provided when users began to play the game (#nomnomnom).  I love how subtle the lowercase “g” was incorporated in this labyrinth of fun.

2.  Steer the Submarine also available in HD!

This Doodle was published on Feb. 8, 2011, and highlighted Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday. It was an interactive Doodle that enabled visitors to click and drag the lever around to experience an underwater adventure. A positive attribute was when users clicked the picture itself, it took them to more information. I like it when Doodles are user friendly.

3. John Lennon’s 70th Birthday

John Lennon’s 70th birthday was on Oct. 8, 2010. Google’s homepage displayed a very clean and simple Doodle that showed a play button in red. Once you clicked on it, a video would play – the song “Imagine” ran in the background and the Doodle formed a big picture. Once the video finished, users were redirected to the search page that showcased that day was John Lennon’s birthday.

4. Thomas Edison’s 164th Birthday

On Feb. 11, 2011, it was Thomas Edison’s 164th birthday. This doodle displayed Edison’s illuminating inventions using animations that gave an antique feel. The drawback to this was that users weren’t able to see more information when they clicked on the Doodle, but it was a given that it was Thomas Edison Day since the incandescent lamp was featured in the Doodle.

5. Happy Holidays from Google

Posted on Dec. 23, 2010, Google visitors were given a mosaic and were able to click on each individual image for more information. I liked that each image showed hints of the Google colors and when you moused over an image, it would expand slightly with a smooth transition.

6. New Year’s Day – (Global)

Published on Jan 1, 2011. Not exactly the most fancy-looking, but the message was clear: New Year’s, baby! I like what Google did with the Roman numerals and the extra detail of extending the X passed the baseline to resemble the lowercase “g” in Google.

Those were the most memorable Google Doodles in recent months. From what I gathered, the best ones get us engaged so that we can remember them.

For a complete list of Google Doodles that have been featured all over the world and to read more about various artists behind certain Google Doodles, click here.

Lastly, kudos to some really cool Doodles that didn’t use letters, but provided subtle visual clues that you were on the Google homepage:

Bruce Lee’s 70th Birthday – Nov. 27, 2010 (Only China and Taiwan)

Thanksgiving Doodle (US Only) – Nov. 25, 2010

Paul Cezanne’s 172nd Birthday Jan. 19, 2011

Did we miss any? Share some of your favorites and why those Doodles caught your attention in the comment section.

Susan Hua Why hello there! My name is Susan and I'm a Torontonian. I am currently attending Seneca College for Creative Advertising and recently graduated from York University in Sociology. I like to be observant and am always up for a good talk. My outlets for crazy days are: analyzing ads, sunshine, combat classes (training to be a ninja) and mindful breathing. Twitter: @satisfeye

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2 Responses to “What’s that Doodle on my Google?”

  1. Nas

    I love the Bruce Lee one and after looking through the link you provided, I’m impressed that they did a doodle to honour Li Bai’s Birthday, Will Eisner’s Birthday and ESPECIALLY the anniversary of JFK’s Inaugural; awesome use of type to form the image. As far as those 4 go, I’m a fan of them because of the design of them.

    However, the PAC-MAN and Submarine doodle takes the cake. I remember I spent a good while on those doodles just letting ADD take over. It was awesome.

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  2. Courtney

    Ooh. I kind of wish that US Thanksgiving one was available to us. It’s visually pleasing. There was a new doodle up yesterday, but I cannot remember what it was haha. I guess it wasn’t as memorable as these ones. Amazing.

    Thank you for this article which will both bring back memories AND cause me to look closely at future doodles! <3

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