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.”
0:10 Ryan Germick: “And then we try to find that suggestion and solve that as a creative problem
0:14 in the most exciting way we can manage to do.”
0:16 JH: “We basically just try to celebrate anything that’s techy and fun and geeky
0:20 and artistic.”
0:20 Sophia Foster-Dimino: “We also have ones that we do every year. So, like, Halloween,
0:24 for example, we know is going to come every year so we can start planning way in advance.”
0:27 JH: “The fortunate thing about finding inspiration for doodles is that we already have a subject
0:32 matter. For instance, if we were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, we might look into Irish
0:36 culture.”
0:37 Willie Real: “I usually start with research and look up reference imagery and go from
0:42 there, start sketching, brainstorming ideas.”
0:45 JH: “So the inspiration comes from learning about what we’re drawing.”
0:48 JH: “Doodle 4 Google is awesome because it gives kids all across the country the opportunity
0:53 to take our jobs for a day. This year in particular is really cool; I’m really excited about
0:57 the theme.”
0:58 Michael Dutton: “The theme is definitely, to me, really just super cool. I mean, my
1:02 whole life, I’ve just dreamt about time travel.”
1:05 SFD: “I would definitely go to see the dinosaurs.”
1:07 JH: “I may go back to the Renaissance, just to see what they were doing.”
1:09 RG: “I really find like the 1930s kinda interesting…”
1:12 MD: “I mean I have no idea where I’d want to go but to be able to express what you’d
1:17 want to do on paper and show that to everybody, that’s just really cool.”
1:20 RG: “OK, I have some advice for young artists: there’s no shortcuts.”
1:24 JH: “I would highly suggest that you draw every day and draw what you love.”
1:27 SFD: “I think above all, you should focus on having fun.”
1:29 WR: “When you genuinely have fun, it shows” MD: “You know last year’s winner, drew
1:34 exactly what he loves, and that’s, you know, aliens devouring Google letters. And, you
1:39 know, it wasn’t trying to be right, it was just him having fun, and that definitely registered
1:44 with us.”
1:44 Marissa Mayer: “This year, the winning student is Matteo Lopez, from South San Francisco,
1:49 California.”
1:49 RG: “I think I cried. Seriously, if you look at the footage from last year, when Matteo
1:56 Lopez won, I was having a moment.”
1:58 MD: “For me, the pinnacle of success when I was growing up as a young artist was to
2:03 actually have my artwork pinned on the chalkboard and, you know, have it shown in front of the
2:08 whole class; that to me, that was it. And for kids now to have the opportunity to have
2:13 their artwork pinned on the homepage for millions of people to see, that’s just awesome.”

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Logos & Doodles

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