Google Doodle in a Nutshell

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Aravind Acharya, Journalist/Editor

Let’s face it: Google Doodles are a riot these days. That’s one of the primary reasons which made Google so famous. Did Apple think of this? Nope. Did Microsoft implement it? Sure, they kind of did, but Microsoft Casual Games (the Microsoft version of Google Doodles) is far away from its more famous cousin, Google Doodle Games.

According to the article titled Google Doodle, according to  wikipedia.org, Google Doodles are “…special, temporary alterations of the logo on Google’s homepages intended to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and  notable historical figures of particular countries.” In simpler words, Google Doodles are changed almost daily on the New Tab page featuring an image, animation, or even games, like the Doodle Champion Island Games! (The most addictive Google Doodle Game, according to Google Statistics.)

The most famous type of Google Doodle is the games! (Obviously, these are also the most popular.) There are games of various themes. Notably, holidays, anniversaries, or just whenever Google feels like it! During the lockdown in April 2020, many people were getting very bored. Several Doodle fans wanted more Doodle games, so Google decided to feature brand-new Google Doodle games every day for the entire month. It was a total hit!

Why are Google Doodles an internet sensation? Firstly, they are on the New Tab Page, and with 5.4 billion Google searches on Earth a day, they get a lot of publicity. The latest Google Doodle often gets to be featured on live streaming platforms, such as TwitchTV, Youtube, and social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Quora! Some of the games have been such a hit that fan legend and pop art have popped up for it!

Speaking on fan art, Google has started a yearly Doodling contest around January. Designers, artists & developers from all around the world enter this worldwide contest! The best fan art gets to be featured on the New Tab page the following week! The runner-ups sometimes get featured as well.

Now, if Google Doodles have to be published every day, think about the people who make these happen. The head of the Google Doodle team is Dennis Hwang, an American graphic designer. Some other notable figures include Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Ranganath Krishnamani, an aspiring illustrator working for Liquidink Design, Ekua Holmes, a children’s book illustrator, and other staff. A Doodler’s salary is $90,000 per year! Google is always looking for more Doodlers, maybe you could be the next one!

Overall, Google Doodles are much more than you imagine! There seem to be lots of potential for the Doodles!

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

wikipedia.org, britannica.com, google.com/doodles, news.artnet.com