Google doodles are one of the best things about living in our time: one of the biggest technology and information companies out there (Google) pays people to design and program pretty pictures that are not only good-looking but interactive, too. Sometimes, like the Zamboni doodle from last week which you can play with by clicking the graphic above, they are so involved that they could entertain us for hours!
Here are my favourite Google doodles from 2012:
10. Charles Dicken’s 200th birthday (Feb 7, 2012)
A static doodle but a particularly spectacular digital drawing with way more detail than usual. Go ahead, entertain the lit geek within you and take a closer look.
9. Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday (Nov 8, 2012)
Many of us had to read Dracula in first-year English, and Bram Stoker’s epistolary style of writing horror inspired us to download different versions of Dracula movies to see just how makeup and special effects artists through the decades treated the legendary villain. Or maybe that was just me.
7. 200th anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Dec 20, 2012)Fairy tales are staples of pretty much any childhood. Grimm’s are the ones we know the best, and so they are absolutely deserving of a special interactive doodle.
6. Earth Day (April 22, 2012)
5. 46th anniversary of Star Trek’s 1st Broadcast (Sept 8, 2012) Another fun interactive doodle that brings out the closet Trekkie in all of us. With several different scenes and nostalgic sound effects, this one is guaranteed for at least one solid minute of fun.
3. Hallowe’en (Oct 31, 2012) Hallowe’en from the perspective of the trick-or-treater, unsure what he or she’ll find behind the next door. Full of surprises you’ll only discover if you try to click absolutely everything, this one you’ll probably do more than once. The skeleton is my favourite…
2. Robert Moog’s 78th birthday (May 23, 2012)Some might argue that this one deserves the number one slot. I would agree – it’s just that I only discovered it while looking through the collection of 2012 doodles to find the link for the one I’d already chosen as my favourite.
This doodle is actually a working synthesizer where you can play, modify, record, and share your own tune. Yes, I did say that. What are you waiting for?!
1. 107th anniversary of Winsor MacKay’s “Little Nemo in Slumberland” (Oct 15, 2012)
I love how this doodle grows and grows, a panel at a time, showing the adventures of “Little Nemo” through “Google-land”. It’s whimsical, it’s creative, and it keeps going and going… for 30 seconds or so.
–Sarah Koopmans, Web Editor of OPENWIDE Online, Vol. 12