Doodle History

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.

How did the idea for doodles originate?

In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey placed a stick figure drawing behind the second “o” in the word, Google. This was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office” While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.

Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked the then current webmaster Dennis Hwang to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received by our users that Dennis was appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage. In the beginning they mostly celebrated familiar holidays; nowadays, they highlight a wide array of events and anniversaries from the The 1st Drive-In Movie to the the educator Maria Montessori.

As doodles have continued to grown, embrace new technologies, and experiment in different artistic mediums, the creation of doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illustrators (we call them 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.

How many doodles has Google done over the years?

The team has created over 1500 doodles for our homepages around the world... And counting! You can see them all at www.google.com/doodles.

Who chooses what doodles will be created and how do you decide which events will receive doodles?

A group of Googlers get together regularly to brainstorm and decide which events will be celebrated with a doodle. The ideas for the doodles come from numerous sources including Googlers and Google users. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation.

Who designs the doodles?

The doodle team consists of a group of illustrators and engineers behind each and every doodle you see.

How can Google users/the public submit ideas for doodles?

The doodle team is always excited to hear ideas from users – you can email proposals@google.com with ideas for the next Google doodle.

Is there a place I can see all the past doodles?

There is! You can always visit www.google.com/doodles to see all the doodles that have run around the world. You can record a tune on the Les Paul guitar doodle, play a game of PAC-MAN, or watch (some) of the Star Trek characters live long and prosper.


Holiday Series 1 – Eastern Europe


Children’s Day 2012


Thanksgiving 2012


Juan Gris’ 125th Birthday


Maria Montessori’s 142nd Birthday


Gustav Klimt’s 150th Birthday