Have you ever noticed that the infamous “Google Doodle” – that is, the variations on Google’s main logo on special occasions – keeps getting better and better? It’s all about the effort, appropriately titled Google Doodle, which is Google’s way of commemorating events, anniversaries and important days in human history.
Google accomplishes this by doing something completely uncharacteristic of Google: changing the look of their front page.
Google changes the style of their default home page at Google.com only to a certain degree, however, as the logo changes still incorporate the letters spelling out “Google.” But there’s more subtlety to these Google Easter Eggs than you might have thought: in many cases, Google will actually use regional doodles in order to appeal to people Googling from specific areas and countries.
Interactive Google Doodles
In some cases, the doodles will be interactive games that you can play with. During the London Olympics, each day the Google logo would offer a new game simulation that matched the major Olympic events of the day. At another point, the Google Doodle was actually a playable guitar that would play – what else? – a G chord if “strummed” over with the mouse properly.
If you ever want to figure out the day’s Google Doodle, simply click on it and you’ll be transferred to search results that explain exactly what’s going on and what the doodle of the day is representing. Most people forget that some of the most interesting Google tips have to do with what you can do on the main page, not what you can do from your page.
At times, Google invites school kids around the world to design the doodles. The “Doodles 4 Google” program is aimed at incorporating a vast range of creative designs from these children.
Doodles 4 Google also features a gallery of winners where people – even those who didn’t enter the contests – can see which doodles ended up making Google’s cut. A number of guest judges ranging from Katy Perry to Holly Black are also enlisted to help determine which doodles end up making Google’s front page, one of the most highly prized canvases in the world.