Meet the doodlers of Google.

Google Chief Doodler Michael Lopez demonstrates the process of how a doodle is created at Google in Mountain View. Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle

















by San Francisco Chronicle

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.

Google doodles are archived at Ideas for doodles can be submitted at
by San Francisco Chronicle

And they say art majors can’t find a profitable AND cool career,

$ign me up

To commemorate Tchaikovsky's 170th birthday, doodler Jennifer Hom asked San Francisco Ballet dancers to pose to spell out Google.











Chief Doodler Micheal Lopez created this doodle to commemorate the 213th birthday of Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein.










Google Chief Doodler Micheal Lopez demonstrates the process of creating a doodle. Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle

























To commemorate the 71st anniversary of the first showing of "The Wizard of Oz," doodler Mike Dutton watched the film over and over.