If you love Google search as much as we do, you may have noticed the recent flurry of Google doodles during the Olympics. Every day highlighted a different sport, from Archery on July 28th to Rhythm Gymnastics on August 10th. A few of the best, such as Soccer, Basketball and Slalom Canoe were even interactive.
All the doodling from the Google team got us wondering how the Google doodle got started. And who exactly is doodling these days?
Turns out that the doodle originated in 1998, when Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin toyed with the logo to indicate that they were headed to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. They placed a stick figure behind the 2nd “o” in the word Google and thus the doodle was born.
In 2000, the founders asked Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to design a doodle for Bastille Day. The doodle was so successful that Hwang was promoted to chief doodler and is still with the company today.
These days it isn’t interns handling the Google doodle. Instead it’s a team of illustrators and engineers who occasionally work with guest artists. Recently, Google also sponsored a contest for school-aged kids to design a doodle. Judges of the contest included singers Katy Perry and Jordin Sparks.
Think you have a great idea for a Google doodle? The doodle team takes submissions at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below we’ve included a few of our favorite doodles from the past year. Do you have any favorites? Share your favorite Google doodles on our Facebook page.
Here at Fahrenheit Marketing, we may not be doodle experts but, we do know a thing or two about getting your page to the top of Google. If you’re interested in learning more about our SEO services, contact our office today.