Google Doodles have been seen in place of the Google logo for nearly 22 years now, with over 4000 designs created for Google pages across the world.
Even if the name is not off-the-bat recognizable, Google users everywhere know what they are: artsy renditions of the Google logo. When the mouse is hovered over the logo, a small pop-up brings up the name or holiday the Doodle is celebrating.
These creative versions of the logos have been used to celebrate holidays, birthdays of significant figures, and stories that would go unrecognized without. Some Doodles are animated. Others are interactive games. Even a few are designed by students in elementary, middle, or high schools.
The Google Doodles also present a creative way to still show the logo. Even in the most obscure designs, the letters spelling out Google are still recognizable.
The first Google Doodle celebrated the Burning Man festival, with a small stick figure behind the second O. The Google About page for the Doodles put it this way:
In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the 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.”.
Since then, Google Doodles have expanded to celebrate everything from Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Martha Graham’s 117th birthday, and everything in between.
In 2008, Google launched the Doodle4Google competition where K-12 students can submit entries of their own Google Doodles to be posted as a Google Doodle for an entire day. This year’s theme is “I care for myself by….”
Due to quarantines during the pandemic, Google Doodle released several of their Doodle Games to be played, including the Clara Rockmore Game and their Halloween game, Magic Cat Academy, two of the most popular games.
Shown below are some of the noteworthy Google Doodles throughout the years, viewable in either slideshow or gallery format.