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Google Doodles: Our Top 10 Best Designs

September 4, 2014 Graphic & Comm. Design, General 0 Comments

Google Doodles have become a huge design phenomenon since they first appeared on browsers back in 1998. Designers, illustrators and animators around the world continue to surprise with their innovative graphic creations.

Google Doodles: Our Top 10 Best DesignsHere are our top 10 best design picks:

1. Burning Man Stick Figure

Though this wouldn't be considered an award-winning design, this drawing has to get a mention since it led to the introduction of Google Doodles. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page put a drawing of a stick figure in the Google logo as an out-of-office message as they headed off to the Burning Man festival in 1998.

2. New Year's Day 2014

New Year's Day is always a good day for the best Google Doodles. The 2014 design from the Google team saw the 3 of the outgoing year being replaced by the 4 in a clever animation using bright, primary colors.

3. Claude Debussy's 151st Birthday

To mark the 151st birthday of French composer Claude Debussy in 2013, doodler Leon Hong featured the beautiful sound of "Clair de Lune" played by his sister, Sabrina, with a drawing of a Paris riverside scene from the 1800s. In this doodle, Hong successfully codes and creates imagery that matches the magnificent sound and pays tribute to Debussy.

4. Charlie Chaplin

In 2011, the 122nd birthday of Charlie Chaplin was commemorated by doodler Ryan Germick, who said he realized the power of visual storytelling after he borrowed a DVD of Chaplin's work from the library. This was the first ever live-action video doodle.

5. Zamboni Skating Game

In 1949, Frank Zamboni built the first working model of his famous ice-resurfacing machine. A doodle marking his 112th birthday is a fast-moving interactive game to resurface the scuff created by skaters before the fuel runs out.

6. Interactive Comic

To mark the 107th anniversary of comic artist and master draftsman Winsor McCay's weekly comic strip, "Little Nemo in Slumberland," the comic was turned into a noteworthy interactive comic strip by artist Jennifer Hom.

7. Google Zipper

Gideon Sundback is not a household name, but the Swedish-American inventor created the zipper, for which he filed a patent in 1914. To commemorate Sundback's 132nd birthday, doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino collaborated with doodle engineer Kris Hom to develop an interactive zipper. They let the design do the talking, opening to reveal search results for the inventor.

8. Pac-Man

Pac-Man is one of the most iconic arcade games of all time, so to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Google Doodle allowed users to rediscover their 8-bit memories through the first playable doodle, designed by Ryan Germick and Marcin Wichary.

9. Dr. Seuss

To mark the 105th birthday of Dr. Seuss in 2009, the famous characters of the book are recreated in a beautifully detailed illustration in a Google Doodle that brings the individuals to life.

10. Lunar Eclipse

The anticipated 100-minute lunar eclipse in 2011 marked another first for Google, when it collaborated with astronomy website Slooh to show the eclipse in near real time, with images from South Africa, Dubai and the Canary Islands.

If you are a freelance graphic designer or are planning a career in graphic design and have a proposal or idea for a doodle, you can send it to proposals@google.com; if you just like to look, you can see every Google Doodle that has appeared since 1998 at google.com/doodles. Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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