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Doodles from Google dedicated to art

For 21 years, daily sketches — a kind of business card of one of the most influential corporations in the world. We have chosen doodles of different years, dedicated to artists and women artists, and share information about the process of creating “funny pictures”. Is it art?

In 1998, Google co-founders Larry page and Sergey Brin went to the Burning Man forum and wanted to tell the world about their trip. So they put the festival icon under the second letter Of the logo that greets visitors on their company’s homepage. “Founding fathers” of the search engine considered his message about the absence of a public insider joke.

So began “doodles from Google” (Google Doodles) – although the company, which at that time operated only a few months, has not even been registered.

Doodle in honor of artist of the Baroque Michelini Vauthier
Now, after 21 years and several thousand doodles, daily sketches — a kind of business card of one of the most influential corporations in the world. They become the subjects of Facebook posts and “cooler conversations” with colleagues. Surely someone from friends at least once sent you a favorite version of the logo. A casual joke developed into an intricate project that combines the game and the artistic representation of names and events. This is another way to remind hundreds of millions of people of Michaeline Vauthier or the anniversary of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

136 years since the birth of Natalia Goncharova

110th anniversary of the birth of Rene Magritte (Google with permission from the “Heritage of Rene Magritte” and the society for the protection of artists ‘ rights, new York)

135 years since the birth of Constantine Brancusi

84th birthday of Niki de Saint-fall

366 years since the birth of Mary Sibylla Merian

124 years since the birth of Josef Lada

54th birthday of Keith Haring

83 years since the birth of Friedensreich Hundertwasser

136 years since the birth of Natalia Goncharova

110th anniversary of the birth of Rene Magritte (Google with permission from the “Heritage of Rene Magritte” and the society for the protection of artists ‘ rights, new York)
“Doodles” of different years, which appeared in honor of the anniversaries of artists
Most artists dream of thousands of viewers. The “doodlers,” as they call the team that makes cool logos, are a changing group of dozens of artists, engineers and product managers. They are based at the company’s headquarters in mountain view, California, and operate on a platform that serves more than five billion search queries daily. The team publishes several hundred doodles a year around the world.

“It’s… complicated,” laughs Jessica Yu, the head of the Doodle team. “It takes a lot of planning.” Most doodles from Google are born on a giant brainstorming session, which she annually conducts with their employees.

“We look at the thousands and thousands of suggestions we get from Google, strangers or members of our team,” she says. — We look at everything and then go through the countries to make a calendar for the year. We try to make sure that we have a diverse calendar in many ways — culturally, thematically, geographically and so on. You can find fun moments, poignant moments, educational or inspiring moments.”

At the final stage, the calendar is joined by representatives of the company from each country where there is Google (doodles differ depending on where in the world you are). The team then proceeds to” conceptualize ” each illustration — determining whether the image will be static or animated, interactive or automatic, video or game. After that, the illustrators get a job on a set of simple drawings, and engineers on more complex projects. In most cases, both groups cooperate.

Initial concept drawings and final Doodle for the 120th anniversary of artist Tamara Lempicka
Much of the work is done with digital drawing tools, but sometimes doodles start with hand drawings as well. For example, the logo for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt artist Jennifer Hom presented on canvas with oil paints and gold leaf. “I wanted to pay tribute to Klimt and his most famous painting, the Kiss,” she said in 2012.

Doodle to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt
Now doodles are represented in almost every art material — in the form of pencil drawings on paper, in graphic design, photography and even… in clay. The team often looks for local artists to create works with the specifics of a particular region.

in honor of Auguste Rodin

Doodle for the birthday of Vasily Kandinsky

in honor of Tsuguharu Fujita (Leonard Fujita)

to the 400th anniversary of Bartolome Esteban Murillo

in honor of Paul cézanne

to the 130-th birthday of Oskar Schlemmer

in honor of William Morris

in honor of Rembrandt van Rijn

in honor of Meret Oppenheim

in honor of Auguste Rodin

Doodle for the birthday of Vasily Kandinsky
Many artists have become the heroes of the main page of the search engine – Wassily Kandinsky and Leonard Fujita, Pablo Picasso and William Morris, Tamara Lempicka and Auguste Rodin, Ilya Repin and Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Frida Kahlo… and it is not necessary that Doodle was timed to the “round” date. Otherwise, the 170th anniversary of the birth of Claude Monet would have to wait a long nine years.

Jennifer Yu estimates that her team plans 95 percent of the doodles a year in advance, but the remaining five percent are created as a reaction to something noteworthy. For example, when NASA released the first image of a black hole in early 2019, Google created an animated Doodle on the subject within an hour.

Doodle “161 years since the birth of Claude Monet”, released November 14, 2001
Of course, given the huge amount of data coming into the search engine, it is easy to imagine that doodlers can anticipate interesting moments and respond quickly to them. But according to Yu, that’s not the goal. Her team doesn’t care about the effectiveness of a particular Doodle — at least not in terms of traffic, ones and zeros.

“It’s not necessarily about the maximum number of clicks,” explains the doodler leader. — Frankly, for a data-driven company, it’s a very soulful atmosphere. We know, that not every Doodle will become universal darling, so our goal in is, to he grassroots simply whom any.”

The Doodle for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was created by Jennifer Hom, who is also the author of doodles in honor of Gustav Klimt, Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo and Carl Faberge
So still, are doodles works of art or design samples?

“The essence of art is that it doesn’t have to be functional,” says Dejan Sudjic, Director of the London design Museum. “Design, which used to be called commercial art, is about functionality.” She recalled that Andy Warhol started as an Illustrator and turned into an artist. And although the drawings he created as an Illustrator sell for a lot of money, the works of art are more expensive.

She is echoed by graphic designer Paul Bailey, who sees doodles as “a playful way to comment on what is happening, but not as art.” “They’re disposable. The fact that they are popular does not make them either good or recognizable designs. We have a lot of things in front of our noses that we can do for a short time, but we quickly forget,” he says.

in honor of Joaquin Sorolla

Doodle ” 553 years since the birth of Leonardo da Vinci»

in honor of Pablo Picasso

in honor of Michelangelo

in honor of Ilya Repin

in honor of Mary Cassatt

in honor of Rene Magritte

in honor of Antonio Gaudi

in honor of Diego Rivera

in honor of by Giambattista Tiepolo

in honor of Joaquin Sorolla

Doodle ” 553 years since the birth of Leonardo da Vinci»
But graphic designer C Scott, who works with corporate clients and participates in exhibitions, believes that nowadays design, including doodles, is the new modern art.

Jasmine Montgomery, chief Executive of marketing company Seven Brands, disagrees. “If you are paid to use your work for branding or advertising, it is no longer art, because it serves commercial purposes. Doodles are part of well-designed customer service. They are like a hotel that has a cozy lobby designed, or a beautiful product packaging, ” she says.

And whether you treat doodles as art or as design, they are some of the most popular pieces in the world.

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