In annual Google tradition, the tech giant’s doodle team has created a colorful animated illustration to get you in the New Year’s Eve party mood.
Last year, it was a group of feathery bird friends admiring the fireworks. This time around, it’s a pair of purple elephants donning party hats and blowing up colorful balloons.
The search engine’s creative tradition dates back to 1998, before Google was even incorporated.
“They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd ‘o’ in the word, Google, and the revised logo 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.”
Now Google has an entire team of illustrators and engineers dedicated to “enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world.”
Here’s a look back at some of the most popular 2018 doodles we covered:
- Who was Amanda Crowe? Google honors legendary Cherokee artist
- Who was Paul Klee? Google honors iconic German-Swiss artist
- Who was Nelly Sachs? Google honors poet who escaped Nazi Germany
- Who was Fe del Mundo? Google honors Filipina doctor, first woman admitted to Harvard Medical School
- What is Day of the Dead? Google honors colorful Mexican holiday
- Who was Tyrus Wong? Google honors famed Chinese-American illustrator
- Who was Roberto Clemente? Google honors famed Puerto Rican baseball star
- What is Indigenous Peoples Day? More US cities replace Columbus Day to honor Native Americans
- Google honors ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ anniversary with heartwarming video
- Google honors music composer Leonard Bernstein with doodle
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