The Art of Google

Google's Pollock imageOn January 28, the birthday of Jackson Pollock, Google featured Pollock on its search engine (see image at left). Google frequently changes their logo during special events and holidays. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button that day sent visitors to a fun site where you can create your own Pollock image.

 

Google has been supportive of the arts with their logos. Google hosted a What if competition where they invited K-12 students to design their own Google logo. You can see the finalists' art here. You can see many other entries here. The logo featuring the event is below left. Google also hosted a contest for UK students called the "My Future" contest. Over 65,000 entries were received. The winning logo was drawn by Claire Rammelkamp, a 14-year old. See her logo below right.

 

Google's What if logo Claire Rammelkamp's Google logo

 

Google has posted many other logos that commemorate the arts. Below left is a logo honoring the birthday of DaVinci. Lower right is the logo that honored MC Escher.

 

Google DaVinci Google Escher

 

Below left: Marc Chagall - Below Right: Architect Walter Gropius

 

Google Chagall Google Gropius

 

Below left: Joan Miró - Below Right: Piet Mondrian

 

Google Miro Google Mondrian

 

Below left: Edvard Munch- Below Right: Claude Monét

 

Google Edward Munch Google Monet

 

Below left: Marc Chagall - Below Right: Vincent Van Gogh

 

Google Picasso Google Van Gogh

 

Below left: Diego Valazquez- Below Right: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Bottom left: Dr. Seuss, Bottom right, Norman Rockwell.

 

Google Valezquez
Dr. Seuss

Google Frank Lloyd Wright
google's norman rockwell

 

Below: Michelangelo Buonarroti (I didn't want to reduce the size because it would lose a lot of detail.)

 

google Michelangelo

 

Below: Cartoonist Dilbert

 

Google Dilbert

 

Above: This cartoon was in honor of E.C. Segar, the creator of Popeye. Popeye was 115 years old that day.

 

google comix

 

Asterix Comics birthday

 

google comicon google logo art

 

Above left: In honor of ComicCon In honor of Wallace Gromit animated cartoon

 

Paula Modersohn-Becker

 

Above: Artist Paula Modersohn-Becker was honored by Google on February 8, 2018 on their search page.

 

You might be asking who at Google creates these wonderful logos. The artist is Dennis Hwang, a 31-year old Korean artist now from Knoxville, Tennessee. His teachers did not appreciate his art when he was a student at Bearden High School. He has moved up in the world and is now the Google's head webmaster. Designing logos is a small part of his job.

 

How did Dennis get his start at Google? He had an internship there when in college. The founders knew he was an art student and gave him the chance to design a logo. They loved his work so much they have used him ever since. Says Dennis, "Usually, artists' birthdays are the ones I spend the most effort on, like Monet's birthday." [1]

 

To see all of Google's logos to date visit their Google logo page.

You can see a great video of Dennis creating one of his Google logos below:

 


1 Comment

You (Google) should open the contest up to the world. I was disappointed to here it was only for American Schools. That is what I want for the world access for all children to display their art not just Americans. Google, above anyone should be able to understand that as a leader on the world wide web.
February 18, 2009 6:30 AM