The unlikely reason why Google created the doodle

Seeing the Google logo dress up according to calendar events is commonplace today. However, this has not always been the case.

We are in December. Christmas is approaching and you open the home page of the Google search engine. The second “o” is a snow globe, or he’s wearing his finest pixie hat. Nobody pays more attention to it as it has become commonplace to see the logo of the firm adorning itself with its finery to celebrate certain dates.

This little peculiarity of Google goes back a long way, but it hasn’t always been there. It all started in 1998. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, are exhausted and decide to take a break. Head to the Black Rock desert, in Nevada, to take part in the Burning Man festival.

However. The two friends must notify users of their absence. According to Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin then reworked their company’s logo by placing a stylized man behind the second “o”. Neither more nor less than a touch of humor to announce their leave. The first doodleor scribbling in French, was born.

In 2000, Dennis Hwang was commissioned to come up with a new doodle for July 14. The future Google webmaster, who was then only a trainee, was a hit and the practice became more regular. The Mountain View firm brings together a team in charge of doodles and starts celebrating different calendar events.

In all, more than 5,000 of these “doodles” have already animated the home pages of many users around the world. Creations that you can find here.

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