We absolutely love Google Doodles! Unsure what they are? Well, every now and then (usually for special events or anniversaries) Google changes it’s famous red, yellow, blue and green logo to something rather spectacular. With a whole Google Doodle team behind the images, animations, and sometimes games, we look forward to special days in the calendar just to visit the Google homepage. Here our some of our all-time favorites so far.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016
Google has celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day pretty much every year since 2003, however our favorite of them all has to be the 2016 version. The pink and blue tones, complete with the clever way Google is spelled out, as he’s giving his world famous speech, really hit a note with us Doodle lovers. Can you see the word Google crafted from his open mouth, the mics and smart positioning of the cables? It truly blew our minds!
The 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man gave us one of the best Google Doodles of all time – because it was playable! May 21, 2010, was when this Doodle graced our computer screens and we were sad the day it left (although Google has reinstated it a couple of times since). The Pac-Man maze spelled out the search engine’s name, with our all-time favorite computer game character and his ghostly enemies dotted around. Hit the ‘Insert Coin’ button, and you could play the classic arcade game to your heart’s content. What was your high score?
Great American Eclipse
The most recent of our favorite Google Doodles appeared on August 21, 2017, during the Great American Eclipse. This was the day that millions of people flocked to the ‘Path of Totality’ in America, to see the moon eclipse the sun in the middle of the day. In true Google style, they celebrated with a totally adorable animation showing alien tossing the moon to and from each other, blocking the sun (one of the O’s in the word Google) as they did. If only that was the real science behind a total eclipse!
Amelia Earhart’s 115th birthday
We love it when Google reminds us of the accomplishments of people that may have been somewhat forgotten. On July 24, 2012, the Doodle team wanted to wish Amelia Earhart a happy 115th birthday in style. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and paved the way for female pilots everywhere. In celebration of this, Google Doodle created an understated graphic of Amelia and her plane, with Google written on the wings.
Doodle 4 Google 2017 – US winner
This is easily one of the best Google Doodles, and it came from the mind of a tenth grader! Doodle 4 Google is a yearly competition that gives budding artists a prompt, that they then have to create a Google Doodle for. This year, the prompt was “What I see for the future” and around 140,000 people entered with their interpretation on the brief. The US winner, A Peaceful Future, was created by Sarah Harrison, a 10th grader from Connecticut. It shows a group of people, from all walks of life, with their arms around each other. The word ‘Google’ is spelled out using different important, cultural symbols.
So, those are some of our top Google Doodles picks, although we found it difficult to narrow it down to just a few. You can browse through their archives to see some of the past Doodles, or simply keep an eye out on Google’s homepage for the next one!