Doodles for the Billions

Today is International Women’s Day and Google has dedicted a ‘doodle’ to the occasion. They even have a ‘Doodles‘ section of the site, where you can browse or search through their many visual variations on their iconic logo.

According to their About Doodles page, the tradition goes back to their early days: >>[T]he concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office”. While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.<<

And, inevitably for the times, they have inspired parodies:

Google Doodles you’ll never see

To learn more about Google and its wider cultural influence:

Googled : the end of the world as we know it / Ken Auletta – HD9696.8.U64 G6623 2009

The Search : how Google and its rivals rewrote the rules of business and transformed our culture / John Battelle – HD9696.8.U64 G663 2005

Libraries and Google / William Miller, Rita M. Pellen, editors – Z674.75.I58 L535 2005

Artscience : creativity in the post-Google generation / David Edwards – BH301.C84 E39 2008


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