Behind the scenes with Google's Doodle team (photos)
Everyone knows about the special versions of its logo that Google posts from time to time. But how do they come about?
Final Buckyball doodle
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--We've all seen them: the so-dubbed Google "Doodles," the special versions of the company's logo that celebrate holidays and other occasions. But how do the doodles come to be? It turns out that the search giant has a team of "Doodlers."
One of the doodles in progress was this one, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the discovery of fullerene, the so-called "Buckyball." It was created by team member Jennifer Hom and was published Saturday.
Editors' note, Tuesday 6:13 a.m. PDT: This slideshow has been updated with three new images (Nos. 5-7) that capture the most recent doodle, an interactive one that responds to movements of your mouse cursor.
Here, during a morning "Doodlers" team meeting, Hom sketches an early draft of the Buckyball concept on a whiteboard. While some doodles are completed in a short period of time--even as quickly as a day--Hom had several weeks to hone this one.
Hom adds some finishing touches to her concept sketch of the Buckyball doodle. In this meeting, she was showing her concept to the team and getting feedback. Later, she would begin working on the actual doodle itself with the digital art tools that all team members use.
Another in-progress doodle that the team discussed during their meeting was this one, which ran in Denmark on August 21. It celebrates the 205th birthday of August Bournoville, who was famous for his choreography and dancing in the Royal Danish Ballet.
On August 19, Russia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the space flight of Belka and Stelka, the first two animals ever sent into space that came back alive. To commemorate the occasion, Google posted this doodle in Russia that day.
The Google Doodle got its start in the summer of 1998 when the search giant's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, decided to modify the site's logo to indicate that they had headed off to Burning Man, an annual festival held in the Nevada desert.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the PBS show "Sesame Street" last year, Google created a week's worth of special logos linked to the show. In addition to versions that ran globally, the company also produced versions specific to various countries.
This is the image that ran at the end of that week, after days of doodles that celebrated individual characters from the show.
Google has been running an internal competition to see which group can come up with the best version of its corporate logo. Naturally, the Doodle team came up with something special: this design, which is on the wall in the team's office area. The competition was not yet over at the time of this writing.