Rufous Hummingbird & 5 Other Animals Featured In Google Logo Marking Earth Day

Google Earth Day logo rufous hummingbird Today's Google logo marks the 44th celebration of Earth Day. In honor of this day devoted to environmental policies, Google has created an interactive logo, depicting six animals from across the globe. Each of the animated illustrations includes a link to share the image of the animal on Google+, Facebook or Twitter, as well as a search icon to learn more information about each creature. A replay button switches from one illustration to the next. The first image is of the Rufous Hummingbird, a migratory bird that is known to travel more than 2,000 miles through the Rocky Mountains and [...]

Percy Julian Gets Google Logo Marking The Famous Chemist’s 115th Birthday

Percy Julian 115th Birthday Google logo Today's Google logo honors renown chemist Percy Lavon Julian, the first African American scientist to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. During his career, Julian made a number of significant chemical advancements, including the creation of Aero-Foam, a soy-based product widely used to extinguish fires during World War II. Julian discovered how to synthesize the male and female hormones progesterone and testosterone, as well as cortisone, which lead to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Born in Montgomery, Alabama on this date in 1899, Julian rose to acclaim within [...]

Dorothy Irene Height Google Logo Marks Civil Rights Leader’s 102nd Birthday

dorothy irene google logo Today's Google logo marks the 102nd birthday of civil rights leader and women's rights activist Dorothy Irene Height. While working at the Harlem YMCA, Height became a force of the civil rights movement after meeting National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) president Mary McLeod Bethune and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during their visit to the facility in 1937. As a result of the meeting, Height started volunteering for the NCNW, and was eventually named its president, a position she held from 1957 to 1998. In 1965, she also started the YMCA's Center for Racial Justice, which she led [...]

Agnes Martin Google Logo Celebrates Abstract Painter’s 102nd Birthday

Agnes Martin Google logo Today's Google logo marks what would have been the 102nd birthday of abstract painter Agnes Martin, adding another female to the list of women Google has honored on its homepage this year. Born in Canada, Martin spent much of her career first in New York City, and then New Mexico. She is best known for her canvas portraits of lines and grids painted in subtle, muted colors as represented by the illustration used in place of today's Google logo. At the age of 46, Martin was awarded her first solo-exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City. Her work as been the subject of mor [...]

Spring Equinox Google Logo Marks First Day Of Season With Blooming Flowers

First day of Spring Google logo March 2014 After an especially long winter, today's Google logo is a site for cold eyes, celebrating the much anticipated start of Spring with an animated illustration of flowers blooming. The logo starts with a white amoeba-shaped character holding a watering can on a blank screen. As the oddly-shaped character waters the ground and himself (herself?), flowers sprout and grow in place of the Google letters. Clicking the logo delivers results for Spring Equinox. Also known as the Vernal Equinox, the Spring Equinox marks the first day of Spring when the Sun is in its zenith over the Equator, ma [...]

Holi Google Logo Celebrates India’s Festival Of Colors On Google India’s Homepage

Holi Google logo2 While many will see a St. Patrick's Day logo on Google's homepage today, Google India users will see a Holi logo to mark India's spring festival of colors. Celebrating the arrival of spring, Holi events include a Holika bonfire on the eve of the holiday with singing and dancing. Holi festivals are hosted openly in the streets with everyone dousing each other in a rainbow of colors, using dry powder or water guns and water balloons filled with colored-water. The actual date of Holi varies every year as it coincides with the approach of the vernal equinox, but usually takes place in Ma [...]

Saint Patrick’s Day Google Logo Marks The Holiday With Irish Claddagh Symbol

St. Patricks Google logo2 Today's St. Patrick's Day Google logo celebrates the patron saint of Ireland with a green stained-glass style illustration featuring a Claddagh symbol - two hands holding a crowned heart. From the village of Claddagh, Ireland the Claddagh, commonly seen on rings, represents love, friendship and loyalty. Never actually canonized by the Catholic Church, St. Patrick is known for bringing Christianity to Ireland. He is said to have used shamrocks to teach the Holy Trinity, making the color green and the three-leafed clover forever associated with the Irish Saint's holiday. March 17 is recognize [...]

Google Posts Women’s Day 2014 Logo After Agreeing Its Logos Are Male-Dominated

womens-day-2014-6253511574552576.3-hp Tomorrow, March 8th is International Women's Day and Google has a special Google logo, aka Google Doodle, for the day. The logo is going live 12 hours early on all Google properties around the world, in order to make sure those who don't go to Google on Saturday see it the day before. The Doodle is heavily animated and features a 90-second video showing how women have historically been underrepresented in almost all fields. Here is that video. It is interesting Google is posting this because just the other day a study came out showing only 17% of Google Doodles in the past two ye [...]

Study: Women Spotlighted In Only 17% Of Google Doodles Between 2010 & 2013

Zora Google Doodle In its expansive Google: Doodle Us study, female advocacy group SPARK revealed only 77 women were represented in the 445 Google Doodles featured on the site's various country-specific homepages between 2010 and 2013. Analyzing the individuals honored by Google logos appearing on the site's global and regional homepages, as well as homepages for individual countries, the study concentrated on actual people, excluding any Doodles highlighting fictional characters or individuals connected to a holiday or festival. According to SPARK: Out of the 445 total Doodles Google created to honor peo [...]

John Steinbeck Google Logo Showcases Author’s Work On His 112th Birthday

Google logo Grapes of Wrath Google Logo Today's Google logo is a well deserved nod to American author John Steinbeck on what would have been the writer's 112th birthday. The logo celebrates five of Steinbeck's 27 novels: Grapes of Wrath, Canary Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl and Travels with Charlie. The Steinbeck logo includes blocks for five of the Google letters that transition into book titles, with a play button in place of the second "G" in Google: Clicking the play button starts a slideshow of the five books, showcasing the titles and then passages from each novel:   Each of the slides includes a search ico [...]

Valentine’s Day Google Logo Tells 6 “This American Life” Love Stories With An Intro From Ira Glass

Google heart Today, Google is celebrating Valentine's Day with a heartwarming logo that includes six different stories of love with an introduction from NPR radio personality and host of This American Life Ira Glass. When you go to Google's homepage, the logo is slightly faded out and the letters automatically turn into six candy hearts with the following labels: "Crush," "Mr. Right," "First Kiss," "4Ever Yours," "Puppy Luv" and "Blind Date." Each of the candy hearts tell a story, from a middle school crush to a bride who feared she had made a mistake upon waking the day after her wedding. Clickin [...]

Google’s “Olympic Charter” Logo Stands Up To Russia’s Anti-Gay Legislation

google-sochi-olympics-logo-featured If you had any doubts over how Google feels about Russia's legislation against gay "propaganda," just go the Google home page. The company has started what will be a string of special logos for the Olympics with one that includes a quote stressing that the official Olympic Charter is against discrimination and using the colors of the rainbow gay pride flag. The logo is shown above, along with a quote from the Olympic Charter, which says: "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the [...]

Doodle 4 Google Contest Asks, “What Would You Invent To Make The World A Better Place?”

Google4Doodle logo Google announced its newest "Doodle 4 Google" contest today, asking young artists to create a doodle around the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..." According to the announcement, parents, teachers and after school programs may submit applications on behalf of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Submissions must be received by March 20, with 50 state winners announced and opened to public voting on April 29. To determine state winners, Google says it has invited a panel of guest judges, including authors Lemony Snicket, Mary Pope Osborne and c [...]

Harriet Tubman Google Logo Kicks Off Black History Month

Harriet Tubman Today's Google logo celebrating one of our nation's most famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman marks the beginning of Black History month. Tubman is credited with rescuing more than 300 slaves via the Underground Railroad after she herself escaped from slavery, and began her life as a free woman in Philadelphia in 1849. Employed by the Union Army first as a cook and nurse, Tubman would later become a spy for the North, working alongside Union General David Hunter to scout missions behind Confederate lines. She was also with Colonel James Montgomery when he attacked numerous Combahee River p [...]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Google Logo Marks Holiday Honoring Civil Rights Hero

King headshot Today's Google logo marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday recognizing the civil rights leader. The illustrated logo includes a profile of Martin Luther King, Jr., images of doves to represent King's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Lincoln Memorial where King made his iconic "I Have a Dream" civil rights speech. Michigan Congressman John Carver introduced the original bill to make King's January 15 birthday a federal holiday shortly after King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but the bill failed to be enacted into law for a number of years. Finally, on November 2, 1983, P [...]

Dian Fossey Commemorated With Google Logo To Mark The Famous Zoologist’s 82nd Birthday

Dian Fossey pic Today's Google logo is an artful tribute to zoologist and avid Gorilla enthusiast Dian Fossey in honor of her 82nd birthday. The image depicts Fossey taking notes with a gorilla sitting behind her. The logo includes illustrations of the Silverback gorillas Fossey studied during her time in Rwanda, along with a picture of the Rwanda mountains where Fossey set camp for most of her 18-years with the gorillas. Born on January 16, 1932 in San Francisco, Fossey originally studied to be an occupational therapist and spent her early career working at the Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, [...]

Simone De Beauvoir Google Logo Has Come To Stay In A Number Of Countries, Just Not The US

simone-de-beauvoirs-106th-birthday google logo A number of Google international homepages are celebrating feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir's 106th birthday with a Beauvoir-inspired Google logo, but there's no sign of The Second Sex author on Google's US homepage. The Simone de Beauvoir Google logo includes a head shot of the author against a Parisian backdrop, and is featured on several international Google sites, including Google France, Google UK, Google Germany, Google Spain, Google Brazil and Google Africa. Born Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir in Paris on January 9, 1908, Beauvoir studied philosophy at the Sor [...]

Zora Neale Hurston Google Logo Marks The 123rd Birthday Of The Harlem Renaissance Writer

Zora Neale Hurston Today's Google logo is a tribute to one of the 20th century's most celebrated African American female writers, Zora Neale Hurston. Best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston's body of work included four novels, two book of folklore, and an autobiography. She also published a number of short stories, essays, articles and plays. Hurston graduated with a degree in anthropology from Barnard, and would collect much of her writing material while working as an anthropologist, traveling through the southern states, Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras and other parts of Central America. [...]

New Year 2014 Google Logo Keeps On Disco Dancing

new-years-day-2014-6382396563783680-hp Happy New Year! Today's Google logo ushers in the New Year with the same logo as yesterday's New Year's Eve disco-themed logo, with one small change: 2013 is now 2014. The interactive logo includes the same spinning disco ball and vibrating speakers, but now the dancing numbers are 2014, as a sweaty number "3" makes its way off the light-up dance floor. (The number appears to be mouthing something, but I'm not sure what it's saying.) Clicking the logo returns results for "New Year 2014." Under the search box, is a link to the "Google Zeitgeist 2013" site, a page with all the top searc [...]

New Year’s Eve 2013 Google Logo Is Bringing In The New Year With A Disco

Google New Year's Eve logo 2013 Today's Google logo is celebrating New Year's Eve disco-style. The interactive logo includes a spinning disco ball, pounding speakers and a light-up dance floor. The numbers for "2013" dance away, while the number "4" awaits to takes its spot with glancing eyes. Clicking the logo delivers search results for "New Year's Eve 2013." The logo is sorely lacking audio. With all the dancing numbers and the vibrating speakers, it's hard not to want to hear something from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Maybe the New Year's Day logo will actually give us something to dance to, even if it is [...]

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