Google takes a more picturesque approach to search

10 Jun 2010

For nigh on 12 years now, Google’s search homepage has changed little, a tweak here or there maybe, the odd logo change. But now users can personalise their Google search page with a gallery of background images.

Google has collaborated with several well-known artists, sculptors and photographers to create a gallery of background images users can personalise the search homepage with.

Over the next 24 hours, what Google will include in the collection are the works of Dale Chihuly, Jeff Koons, Tom Otterness, Polly Apfelbaum, Kengo Kuma, Kwon, Ki-soo and Tord Boontje, as well as some incredible photos from Yann Arthus-Bertrand and National Geographic.

“Of course, since we want your Google homepage to be personal to you, you can still choose an image or photo from your computer or your own Picasa Web Album,” said Google’s vice-president of search and user experience, Marissa Mayer.

“Whether you select an image from our new artist collection or prefer to have a more personal touch on your homepage, you’ll still enjoy the speed and ease of use that you’ve come to expect from Google,” Mayer said.

Photo: Google’s homepage can now feature artwork

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years