The 2020 Doodle for Google Contest Is Now Open for Kids

ost of us are familiar with the Google homepage — it might even be the first web page you see when you open your browser. And while you might usually see the corporate Google logo in primary hues of blue, red, yellow, and green, it’s often updated with a creative twist. The Google team frequently changes its logo to illustrate notable events, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. This is called a Google Doodle is for kids: an art form that has a surprisingly long history.

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The first-ever Google Doodle in 1998, indicating that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were attending the Burning Man festival. (Photo: Google)

The idea for doodles originated in 1998 before the company was even incorporated. Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to indicate their attendance at Burning Man, as a humorous “out of office” message to Google users—just in case the servers crashed. They added the Burning Man stick figure logo behind the 2nd “o” in the word Google. Since then, the idea of adding colorful graphics to customize the iconic search engine’s logo has taken off. Google now has an entire team of illustrators (known as doodlers) that have created over 4,000 designs for Google homepages around the world. Over the years, Google Doodles have evolved from subtle tweaks to the logo, to entire illustrations, animations, and even playable games.

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Celebrating the birthday of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, this Google Doodle from 2010 incorporated his most famous painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” (Photo: Google)

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Google’s first interactive doodle in 2010 marked the 30th anniversary of classic arcade game Pac-Man. It features graphics, and sounds, and even the original bugs from the 1980s. (Photo: Google)

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In 2017, Google celebrated hip-hop’s 44th anniversary with a multimedia Google Doodle that included a custom logo by graffiti artist Cey Adams, interactive turntables, and information on hip-hop history. (Photo: Google)

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In 2017, Google celebrated the invention of the hole punch with this fun animation. (Photo: Google)

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