This year Google made a lot of doodles who were placed globally or just on local homepages of the search engine. In total Google made more than 300 doodles and among these they are some really beautiful, funny and original creations. Below a top 10 of the best doodles the Doodler team created this year.
The team went pretty far with the logos, like in April when a real zipper was placed to zip the homepage open, for the Summer Olympics in London four games were made??, there was a complete comic strip and there was a fully functional synthesizer in May. For Earth Day a number of plants were planted in a garden at the headquarters in Mountain View and the logo for Gustav Klimt was first made as a real painting by doodler Jennifer Hom. On both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day there were animated logos as well on Valentine’s Day. On 18 January this year, the Google logo momentarily went black to protest against SOPA.
Because it was a leap year this year Google placed a logo on February 29th, the doodle was not only to celebrate the leap year but was also to mark the birthday of Gioachino Rossini. This year was the first time Google created a doodle in honor of animal.The logo was placed on Google Japan because of the birthday of the Japanese dog Hachiko. The dog became famous in Japan because after the death of his master he waited for 9 years for his return at a train station in Tokyo. Hachiko died in 1935 and he got it’s own statue where still every a ceremony is held.
Like last year there were no mistakes this year. There was one doodle to honor Wassily Kandinsky which should have come online but was taken down after several hours. It’s unclear why the company took the logo down, a copy of the doodle below.
Top 10 doodles 2012
Without further ado, below the top 10 for 2012!
10. Akira Yoshizawa – March 14
Google celebrated the birthday of Akira Yoshizawa, a Japanese origamist. With the doodle the company made available PDF-files to create the logo yourself which still can be downloaded here.
9. Drive-In Movie – June 6
Because of the 79th Anniversary of the First Drive-in Movie Google made a animated doodle which was only placed on the American homepage. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO5M4abvViQ&version=3&hl=en_US&w=615&h=385]
8. Charles Dickens – February 7
This logo was created to celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday.
7. Amelia Earhart – July 23
Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. She disappeared on July 2, 1937.
6. Anniversary of the Largest Snowflake – January 28
Animated doodle because of the 125th anniversary of the largest snowflake. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x588C-7_5zs&version=3&hl=en_US&w=615&h=385]
5. Gideon Sundback – April 24
A really great zipper on the homepage of the search engine. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7bZqvkVZwM&version=3&hl=en_US&w=615&h=385]
4. Olympic Summergames
During the Olympic Summergames in London there was a different doodle everyday including four great games like Basketball and soccer. Below a video with all the Summergames doodles from this year. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpnQ8B2FmL0&version=3&hl=en_US&w=615&h=385]
3. Little Nemo in Slumberland – October 15
In October Google placed an interactive comic strip on all homepages of the search engine because of the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVaeoF-Ve7E&version=3&hl=en_US&w=615&h=385]
2. Star Trek: The Original Series – September 8
In September you could explore space on the homepage and boldly go where no one has gone before. After successfully completing the mission you would be brought back to the Enterprise. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVpCUZ2c4qc&version=3&hl=en_US&w=615&h=385]
1. Robert Moog – May 23
The best doodle this year was to celebrate the 78th birthday of Robert Moog and for this occasion Google made a real working synthesizer. You could play it yourself and share the creations on Google+ or by URL. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLvOf2QlwVs&version=3&hl=en_US&w=615&h=385]