Google Doodles Celebrate John Lennon
Google has been doodling with their logos since way back in 1998. The first one was designed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page (inventors of PageRank), to inform users they would be away at Burning Man in case the servers went down. Since then it has become a bit of a Google tradition, with the doodles designed by Dennis Hwang since 2000.
As well as being created for the birthdays of noted writers, musicians, artisits and scientists, Google also use them to mark big events within the company. The latest example of this was a doodle created for the launch of Google Maps.
Since 2009, Google has stepped up the production of doodles, with 197 produced over the year. 2010 saw the first interactive doodle (Pacman), wasting millions of hours in the day or two it was up.
The latest offering from Google is a tribute to what would have been the 70th birthday of John Lennon. In the vein of interactive doodle, the ‘e’ of Google has been replaced with a ‘play’ symbol. Upon clicking, it plays an excerpt of ‘Imagine’ with some lovely psychadelic visuals and the famous self portrait of John as the ‘o’.
The full set of doodles, including lots of international ones you probably won’t have seen, can be seen here:
And here’s the full Google logo animation: