Google’s New “Rounded Number” Policy For Special Logos

google new years logo Reacting to criticism that it ran a logo honoring the 86th birthday of farm worker activist Cesar Chavez rather than Easter, Google has announced a new "rounded number" policy for when it will make logos for special events. Google is well known for the special "Doodles" or custom logos it creates to recognize birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. Yesterday, on Easter, it ran a logo not recognizing that holiday but instead in honor of labor activist Cesar Chavez. That drew some criticisms, despite the fact that Google hasn't had an Easter logo since 2000, and in part, because so [...]


Google Changes Smallest, But All-Pervasive, Element Of Brand Identity – The Favicon

enlarged-favicon [caption id="attachment_19144" align="alignright" width="100" caption="The New Favicon, Enlarged"][/caption] It's such a small thing -- only 16 pixels by 16 pixels -- but, when folks are browsing along day-to-day, the favicon is how they find the browser tab that has Google.com open, or the favorite link to Google. And Google has changed this iconic image this week, for the first time since 2009. The company has been testing a similar new image, all blue, since at least February. Now, they have adopted it for Google.com.  Each other Google property -- Google+, Play, Gmail, etc. -- has i [...]


Video: Meet The Google Doodle Team

Google has released a new video of a behind the scenes of the Google Doodle team as a way to promote the 5th annual Google 4 Doodle competition. The video takes you through how Google doodles are created and gives some inspiration for competitors on how they can make their Google Doodle. Here is the transcript of the video: 0:00 Jennifer Hom: “Coming up with Google doodle ideas actually comes from all over the place. 0:04 It comes from not only the doodlers themselves—which is us—but also comes from other people who 0:08 work at Google and our users from around the world. [...]


The Best Google Logos Of 2011

google new years logo After a year of remarkable special Google logos, the company is ending 2011 and welcoming 2012 with a simple logo for New Year's Eve. Here's a look at it, as well as a look back as some notable Google "doodles" this year, including the popular Les Paul guitar interactive logo and the singing/dancing Freddie Mercury tribute. New Year 2012 There's no animation as with the Google Happy Holidays logo from last week, just the Google letters themselves celebrating the start of New Year 2012. Below, some of the notable special logos -- or "doodles" as Google calls them -- that appeared in 20 [...]


Google Doodles Store: Get Special Google Logos On Clothes, Stamps — Even Skateboards!

google postage Google's known for its special logos -- called Doodles -- for holidays and famous anniversaries. Now Google offers a way to get them printed on everything from t-shirts to mugs and more. I stumbled across the Doodles On Demand site yesterday. It seemed new, and Google confirmed that it is. The company told me it went up quietly in October, as a way to help serve the demand of people who love Doodles and want them printed on things. Choose By Year The storefront is done in partnership with Zazzle, and I thought it was pretty cool. You can start by browsing Doodles by year: From there, [...]


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