Google includes a lot of Easter eggs, secrets and goodies in their web applications. One of the most prominent – and perhaps even the most interesting – is the Google Search doodles that are featured in the header of their Web search engine. Google Doodles appear for a bunch of different reasons, sometimes highlighting current events, holidays or even celebrating the lives and birthday anniversaries of truly great people.
We’re going to take a look at the ten most artistic and beautiful doodles that have been featured over the years.
Claude Debussy’s 151st Birthday
Claude Debussy is a renowned French composer, often accredited as one of the most influential impressionist musicians. For his 151st birthday, Google celebrated by featuring an animated doodle with one of his tunes – Clare de Lune – playing in the background. The doodle is an 1800s city backdrop set in front of a night sky, complete with automobiles, bicyclists and boats whisking by.
107th Anniversary of “Little Nemo in Slumberland”
For the 107th anniversary of the classic comic strip “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” Google doodlers wanted to pay tribute to its creator, Winsor McCay. Naturally, they went to great lengths to create an original piece that mirrors McCay’s original works. The resulting Google Doodle is something truly beautiful in its own right.
Jackie Robinson’s 94th Birthday
Hopefully, you know who Jackie Robinson is by now. Just in case you don’t, he was the first African-American baseball player to play in Major League Baseball, for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an extremely good player too, taking part in the World Series for 10 seasons and playing in the 1955 Dodgers’ World Series championship game. Google paid tribute by featuring a doodle of Robinson on his 94th birthday anniversary.
Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday
To commemorate Freddie Mercury on the anniversary of his 65th birthday, Google doodlers put together a gorgeous mashup video played to the tune of Queen’s classic hit “Don’t Stop Me Now.” It rocked almost as hard as Freddie.
Alfonse Mucha’s 150th Birthday
Alfonse Mucha (also known as Alfons Maria Mucha) was a Czech Art Nouveau painter, who is lauded for his many artistic expressions including paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, designs and decorative art. To celebrate the anniversary of his 150th birthday, a Google Doodle was published borrowing heavily from Mucha’s artistic grandeur.
Doodle 4 Google 2011 Competition’s First Place: Matteo Lopez
Seven-year-old Matteo Lopez of Monte Verde Elementary School in South San Francisco won first place in 2011’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Matteo’s space-themed doodle was featured for an entire day on Google’s home page on May 20 of that year, for millions to see.
Jules Verne’s 183rd Birthday
This “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”-themed doodle was created to celebrate Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday anniversary. What makes it so unique is that it’s interactive, modeled after a submarine. You can use a navigation lever to explore and view the beautiful underwater portrait in the background.
Ella Fitzgerald’s 96th Birthday
This attractive jazz-themed doodle to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 96th birthday was created using papercraft illustration. That means the entire thing was crafted using various sheets of paper which were cut, shaped and layered in place. If not one of the best-looking on this list, it’s certainly one of the most innovative in terms of materials and aesthetics.
Martha Graham’s 117th Birthday
Martha Graham was a dance choreographer in the 1920s and ‘30s. She has been compared by many to Picasso, Einstein and even Stravinsky – comparable to her field, of course. The doodle featured five dancing characters, all of which were inspired by her personal works. This doodle is actually one of the most beautiful on this list.
John Lennon’s 70th Birthday
For John Lennon’s 70th birthday on Oct. 8, 2010, Google featured its first-ever animated doodle on the homepage. Set to Lennon’s own tune “Imagine,” it depicts an ever flowing portrait of landscapes, which happen to match the pleasant melodies well.
What’s your favorite Google Doodle, artistic or otherwise? Share in the comments below!
About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.
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