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The Best Google Doodles Including The One Honouring Frontline Workers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Professor of Financial Economics and Part-time Value Investor, Transfin.
Apr 14, 2020 7:46 AM 2 min read
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“Thank You Coronavirus Helpers” is trending on Google, thanks to the Google Doodle today, which pays tribute to the medical professionals and frontline workers for their selfless service during these difficult times. 

 

The doodle, on hovering the mouse, shows a message "To all doctors, nurses and medical workers, thank you" and is part of a Doodle series to recognize and honour many of those on the front lines through this global pandemic – public health workers, medical professionals, emergency services workers, sanitation workers, grocery workers.

 

Interestingly though, Google Doodles - that celebrate and honour holidays, people and issues worldwide - now an important venture for the tech giant – had begun as a joke.

 

The first Google Doodle, which featured in August 1998 was designed by Google’s Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The two had decided to spoof the traditional "out of office" sign by placing the Burning Man logo over the second "O" in the company's corporate logo. They wanted users and employees to know they wouldn’t be at the search engine’s helm for a while as they headed to the long-running annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada.

 

Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked current webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received that Dennis was appointed Google's Chief Doodler.

 

 All About Google Doodles

It been over 22 years since and Google has created more than four thousand Doodles for countries around the world.

 

And the doodle themselves have evolved from the plain static images, simple turkey clip art used in 1998's Thanksgiving Day Doodle to include illustrated, animated and interactive-game variations of the company's logo. Google even saw a VR Doodle nominated for an Emmy award. Here’s an interesting collection of the firsts of the many Doodles that we have admired. And this, is an archive of possibly all of Google Doodles.

 

Did you know that you can also submit your ideas for doodles to Google. They can be emailed at doodleproposals@google.com.

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