Doodles created by Google can be called using Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. They are available on special dates, such as holidays, commemorations and honoring people important to society. They usually last a few days on the home page and then the site goes back to normal. However, any designs that the company has already created are saved to a file to be viewed later. It is possible, for example, to see doodles published only in Brazil, such as the one shown when that country hosted the 2016 Olympics.
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In addition to having fun browsing or discovering new productions, there is also the ability to re-interact with drawings that have some kind gamification, such as, for example, Pac Man. In the next few lines, take a look at seven Google drawings that you can think of on your mobile phone.
The animated doodle of the thirtieth anniversary of the World Wide Web was the logo of the Google home page in 2019 — Photo: Flávia Fernandes/TechTudo
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1. Burning Man Doodle (1998, Google’s first Doodle)
Google’s first doodle was designed to announce the absence of co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin from the company in a fun way. At that time, the two went to a cultural event in Nevada, in the United States, called “Burning Man”. The idea was to make people aware that if the servers went down, both would be unavailable.
The design was much simpler than what is currently done and featured the festival’s logo, a man on fire, behind the second “O” in Google. The initiative was so well received and appreciated by the company that they decided to create an exclusive team of experts to design the drawings. Once hired, these employees began to be called “doodlers.”
Google’s first doodle contained a symbol of a cultural event attended by the company’s co-founders — Photo: Reproduction/Flávia Fernandes
2. Halloween Doodle (2000, first animated doodle)
Halloween is one of the most celebrated special dates according to Google doodle. The October 31st holiday is very traditional in the United States of America, and the celebration was first featured on the home page of a search engine in 1999. Since then, Halloween has been celebrated in a different design every year.
In 2000, the celebration featured the first animated doodle, which featured two pumpkins in place of the letter “O” and a spider where the “L” had been shown. The production was created by a guest illustrator named Lorie Loeb, and featured flashes of light inside a pumpkin and a spider jumping through a web.
Halloween 2000 was the first animated doodle in a search engine — Photo: Reproduction/Flávia Fernandes
3. Discover Water on the Moon Doodle (2009, first doodle made on the same day)
The time it takes to create a doodle is variable: while some take weeks to create; others require more time, such as Halloween. However, the discovery of water on the moon had to be done in a much shorter time than usual. After reading an article about NASA’s latest discovery, cartoonist Jennifer Hom shared the news with the team.
As lunch began, the professional received a phone call requesting a change to the sketch, which had to be completed within four hours. The project was published by the company and is still remembered in record time. The design featured Google’s second “O” symbolizing the moon, while the other letters were transformed into the shape of water.
The historic discovery is shown in Google’s design — Photo: Reproduction/Flávia Fernandes
4. Pac Man 30th Anniversary Doodle (2010)
This doodle became quite popular at the time because it added the Pac Man game to the home page of the website. Anyone who entered the search engine could enjoy the entertainment that contained the same animations, sound effects and original graphics as the game. The doodle was produced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Pac Man and was the company’s first playable version.
The project was created by Marcin Wichary, a senior UX designer and developer at Google. As a child, Wichary followed his father, who was a pinball coach, to arcades. In these environments, he grew up having fun with machines, and one of his favorite games was Pac Man. Years later, the doodler decided to recreate the famous pastime from the 1980s and make it available for users to play.
Pac-Man doodle introduced a game to be played — Photo: Reproduction/Flávia Fernandes
5. World Wide Web 30th Anniversary Doodle (2019)
Computer scientist and theorist Tim Berners-Lee revolutionized the world with the creation of the Web in 1989. The World Wide Web was built on innovations such as URLs, the HTML language, and the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
For this reason, Google, a major beneficiary of this advance, also honored the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web on March 12. Instead of “O” in the search engine, the production showed an old computer connected to a dial-up internet wired network. On the monitor it was possible to see a page that gradually took over the animated image of the globe.
The anniversary of the creation of the WWW is represented by a retro doodle — Photo: Reproduction/Flávia Fernandes
6. Doodle 42nd anniversary of the opening of the Rio–Niterói Bridge (2016)
The longest bridge in Latin America and one of the longest in the world is also shown with a doodle. Built 42 years ago, the Rio-Niterói bridge carries more than 100,000 passengers every day. The construction connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói and is over 13 km long.
It is part of BR-101, the highway that leaves Rio Grande do Norte and goes towards Rio Grande do Sul, and is among the seven largest bridges in the world. For Google, the work was rendered by designer Patrick Leger, who recreated the image of the structure with the Google letters reflected in the water.
The Rio-Niterói Bridge was also recognized by Google on its 42nd birthday — Photo: Reproduction/Flávia Fernandes
7. Doodle Brazil hosts the Olympic Games (2016)
In honor of the 2016 Olympics, hosted by Brazil, Google promoted a special doodle for the competition. This was the first edition of the games held in a South American country.
In the logo of the search engine, it was possible to see the withdrawal of the national postcard showing Christ the Redeemer, Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain. In the water, the name of the place could be seen in the foam, and the year of the Olympic Games was highlighted in orange.
The 2016 Olympic Games held in Brazil received a special doodle to celebrate — Photo: Reproduction/Flávia Fernandes
How to access a Google Doodles file from a mobile browser
To view all already made doodles, you need to go to the page “https://www.google.com/doodles” (without quotes). There you can search for designs in the search bar at the top of the page. If you want, you can go to the bottom of the page and get, in chronological order, the whole collection.
Tapping on any of them displays additional information, such as behind-the-scenes facts about the creation. If the project is rendered in animation or game format, it is also possible to view or interact with it. The page also presents the countries where that doodle was published and other productions that were made on the same day and month, but in different years or different locations.
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