Over the years, Google doodles (adaptations of the standard Google logo) on the Google homepage have generated surprise and interest for people visiting the Google site to do a search. Doodles celebrate events, holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous people.
The concept of the doodle was born in 1998 when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. A stick figure drawing was placed 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 generated a fair bit of interest among Google users.
A year later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked current webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. Pleased with the result, Dennis was then appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles became a regular occurrence on the Google homepage. (Wish I took art back in high school!)
The doodle team has created over 300 doodles for Google.com in the United States and over 700 have been designed internationally. You can see an archive of Google doodles here.