Google first started using “doodles” in 1998, even before the company became a legal corporation. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to change the company logo to show their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They put a stick-figure drawing behind the second o in the Google logo as a funny way to show users that the founders were “out of the office.”
In 2000, the pair asked the current webmaster Dennis Hwang to make a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so popular that Dennis became Google’s “chief doodler,” and since then, Google has created more than 1,000 doodles for homepages around the world.
Obviously, doodles over the past few weeks have had an Olympic theme. Here is an ongoing list of every one, from the Opening Ceremony to today:
The hurdles doodle included a game where users had to run and jump over hurdles:
This doodle had users trying to make as many baskets as possible before time ran out:
Today’s doodle has users paddling down a river and trying to go through gates while avoiding rocks and weird, frog-like creatures.
To be continued!