The Art and Technology Behind Google Doodles


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37° 24' 51.6276" N, 122° 4' 36.9192" W
Computer History Museum

Presented by the Computer History Museum

Doodles are the fun, surprising and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists. 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. Tonight we will meet members of the doodle team and get a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process.

They will discuss how technology’s evolution has enabled them to create more beautiful and highly interactive doodles, and the challenge that brings to the technical members of the team. We will also find out about possible risks and rewards involved when one’s "canvas" is viewed by millions worldwide. Our moderator is devoted to Art and the Art of the Doodle. Every year the Whitney Museum honors an individual who has made a sustained commitment to the artistic and cultural heritage of the arts in America. Marissa Mayer won the award in 2011 for her work in honoring inventions and designs on Google’s homepage through its doodles. We are pleased to welcome her back to our stage to moderate tonight’s event with her team of doodlers.

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