The Computer History Museum sits down with Google Doodle lead Ryan Germick and three of the Google Doodle staff (Kris Hom, Marcin Wichary, and Jennifer Hom) to discuss the creative process behind Google’s timely logo changes and how evolving technology has allowed them to make more intricate and interactive.
In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. Two years later, in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked an intern to produce a doodle for Bastille Day which was so well received by users that a chief doodler was appointed, and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage.
Over time, the demand for doodles has risen in the US and internationally. Creating doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illustrators (called doodlers) and engineers. For them, creating doodles has become a group effort to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world.