The Doodles Abide
Google’s logo of the day is a weird one. I wish you luck clicking on it to find out what it represents...
There have been a few articles speculating on its meaning, but I suspect we won’t hear anything from official sources for a while yet.
I first linked to a Google Doodle on Dr. Seuss’ 105th birthday last year. Scores of specialty logos have adorned Google’s home page since then. A wide variety of inventive or just plain attractive ones have caught my eye — marking events from the solar eclipse to the 115th birthday of E.C. Segar, creator of the comic strip Thimble Theatre and its most famous alumnus, Popeye. Many of them are nation-specific, like Jennifer Hom’s logo for Tsukimi, a Japanese festival observing the harvest moon; the dozen honoring 40 years of Sesame Street are particularly fun and varied by country.
Other pop-culture creations seen in specialized logos over the past year include DC Comics superheroes during the 40th annual San Diego Comic-Con, Peanuts’ Snoopy and Woodstock at Thanksgiving, and the Astérix characters on their 50th anniversary. While not necessarily as colorful, some designs that I find particularly lovely and/or innovative have commemorated such varied occasions as the 105th birthday of poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda, the anniversary of the issuing of the bar-code patent, and the annual Perseid meteor shower.