Time Magazine's June 2011 issue has a great historical, pictorial on Google's ever-changing logo aka doodles. As a frequent visitor, it's always a pleasant surprise to see what they've generated out of those six simple letters with the "oo" in the middle. Perhaps the hype of a holiday and a revised illustration is enough to drive traffic whether you need to do a search or not. It really has been an ingenious way to enroll and engage visitors. Knowing that Google is a behemoth of servers in some data center, the ever-altering logo created the human factor. I mean is there any other reason to visit the Google homepage? Evidently the first doodle was done haphazardly as the founders we're leaving their Silicon Valley offices to go to Burning Man for a few days. So, of course, they added a "burning man" to the logo and the rest is history. Through the years the topics have varied from holidays, art, people, science/tech, language, movies and kids. The kids doodles were a delightful range of Lego blocks, Wallace and Grommit, and Sesame Street. For a moment during our hectic busy work day we were transported back to a simpler time. A particularly creative rendition was the Google = MC2 with a moustache and furry eyebrows depicted over one of the o's to celebrate Einstein's birthday.
But my all time FAVORITE Google Doodle appeared on March 2, 2009, it was a cast of Dr. Seuss characters all contorting their bodies to form the name of our most popular search engine.
One of their latest, posted on June 9th, is a playable instrument developed to celebrate Les Paul's 96th birthday. For the full article plus 35 top picks: Time Magazine, June 2011.