The History of Google Doodle
In this article we will explore how Google Doodle got started, what it has evolved into and how students aged K – 12 can ‘Google 4 Doodle’. The Google Doodle is a creative altering of the Google logo to celebrate holidays, special events and achievements by people – past and present. It is featured on their main search page during these special days.
Since the Google logo is made up of the spelling of their name “Google”, the artistic rendition incorporates the letters of their company name.
To effectively explore the beginnings of Google Doodle, it is helpful for us to take quick look back at the very beginning of Google itself.
Back in the 1990’s when the internet was first evolving, there were only a few search engines. Google was not even one of them until 1998.
The home pages of most search engines did not look as simple as Google did when it launched, which is surprising very much how it looks today. Back in those early year, search engines also provided a lot of other resource links and information on their websites.
When Google Search was born, they simply featured their logo above the search bar along with a couple of resource links.
The rest of their website was all white space and as noted earlier, it continues to be like that today. So with the focus always being on the Google name contained within their logo, redesigning the logo to commemorate days was easily noticed by users.
The very first Google Doodle was featured back in Google’s infancy as a company in the late 90’s. Over the years, it was used for more and more events including great achievements by people in history.
The first Google Doodles were simple additions to their logo letters, then became more creative in their design.
More recently, the Google Doodle as incorporated animation, videos and even fun games related to the special day Google is celebrating. As well, today’s Google Doodles offer a link to reveal search results related to the day being recognized.
We think the most fun Google Doodles are the ones created by artists. The video at the bottom of this article shows how it’s done.
Doodle 4 Google
Google 4 Doodle is contest for students run by Google in the United States and other select countries. When Google decides to run the contest they pick a theme and ask entrants to create their Google Doodles around this theme.
Artistic creations by kids and teens are judged according to artistic merit and creativity, which includes how well the doodle fits the assigned theme and incorporates the Google logo. The winner of the Google 4 Doodle contest will get their drawing featured on Google’s home page.