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Meet the doodlers of Google.
They are unknown, but their works of art are seen by hundreds of millions of people across the globe. They were art nerds in school – teased by peers or called to the principal’s office for doodling in class – but are now working at one of the world’s most important companies.
They are Google doodlers, a small team of artists who create the decorative logos for the company’s home-page, images that celebrate events as varied as the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man and the 70th birthday of John Lennon to the invention of the bar code and the landing of Mars Rover.
But the drawings serve an unspoken purpose: They humanize a behemoth built on algorithms, servers and semantics, connecting users across the globe to the Google domain.
Doodle headquarters consists of a handful of cubicles in a main building on the Mountain View campus, within view of the volleyball court. The doodlers – the oldest is 33 – stare at computer screens, pore over research materials, sketch images on large Cintiq tablets, and play around with the blue-red-yellow-blue-green-red Google letters. They create doodles for more than 100 domains globally.
Ideas for doodles come from users and from colleagues. Lopez keeps a running list of notable holidays and anniversaries, and the core team of four doodlers meets once a week. Meetings are held once a month with other Google designers and artists, and take place anywhere they can find “white boards and beanbags,” Lopez said.
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