Google dedicates entire new site to history of its Doodles

16 Dec 2011

Google has been doing its homepage Doodles since 1998, believe it or not, and no doubt they have been increasing in quality and sophistication. My favourite: the interactive Les Paul doodle that lets you play guitar.

A new site allows users to trawl back through the various Doodles the search giant has created over the past number of years.

“Since our very first one in 1998, Doodles have been our way to share with you the things we love or are excited about,” said Ying Wang, director of Product Management.

The evolution of interactive Doodles

“In the past few years, we’ve started to create Doodles that people can not only look at but also play with. Our first interactive one featured a clickable slideshow of Halloween candy in 2009 and since then we’ve invited people to insert a coin to play an arcade classic, watch a film, and even compose an epic guitar solo, all on the Google homepage.

“We’ve always thought it was a little sad that Doodles are only available on the homepage for a day. Since we’re firm believers in having too much of a good thing, we set up a gallery of all our previous Doodles awhile ago. Now on the new site, you can browse, watch or play with over 1,000 doodles. Enjoy front-row tickets to a Martha Graham dance, send the first man to space or learn more about why one Doodler decided to ‘cartoonise’ Mary Blair,” Wang said.

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