Sep 272010

Thiebaud’s work,
reproduced by permission of VAGA, Visual Artists and Galleries Association,
includes many cakes, most painted in the 1950s and 1960s.

He is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects
of mass culture, although his work is earlier than the likes of Andy Warhol.

It is a more straightforward ‘doodle’ than the recent ball game animation that
distracted millions of internet users.

Before that, Google marked the 25th
anniversary of the discovery of the “buckyball”,
spherical dome of exotic molecules of carbon, with a special moving design.

The animated logo replaced the logo’s middle O letter with an orange ball. It
then formed into the “buckyball”, which is a form of carbon
composed of 60 atoms.

By scrolling their mouse across the logo, users could twist and turn the ball,
which has replaced the search engine’s usual logo on its home page.

The new interactive doodles follow one produced in May to celebrate
the 30th birthday of Pac-Man

That design, which went public on Friday, May 21, 2010, was the first doodle
to be fully interactive. The Pac-Man character could be moved by using the
arrow keys on the user’s keyboard.

Google Doodles have
become newsworthy in their own right after the technology firm started using
the customised versions of its logo to mark what it considered significant

The first of them was used in August 1998 when Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the
firm’s founders, designed one for the Burning
Man Festival

In October 1999, it produced a Halloween doodle: the first after the firm
switched to a new logo.

The first “Christmas
card” doodle
was presented in 1999, on Christmas Day,
featuring a snowman and flakes drifting onto the name.

Mother’s and Father’s Day doodles appeared in May and June 2000 respectively
before the firm started noting more esoteric and, let’s face it, interesting

On October 7, 2009, it did “Google” as a bar code to recognise the
anniversary of its invention in 1948 by Bernard Silver, which
some saw as a significant shift away from human language and towards machine

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, a hologram replaced the logo to honour
Dennis Gabor, the inventor of holograms.

Most recently the firm marked the 71st
anniversary of the Judy Garland film The Wizard of Oz
with a doodle
of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow walking down
the Yellow Brick Road towards a landscape with “Google” on it.
Perhaps it’s a metaphor.

the British author of Frankenstein, had the 213th
anniversary of her birth celebrated by a spooky Google Doodle late last

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