Maria Callas Gets A Google Logo To Celebrate The Opera Singer’s 90th Birthday

Maria Callas Today's Google logo honors opera great Maria Callas on what would have been the singer's 90th birthday. Born Sophia Cecelia Kalos in New York City on this date in 1923, Maria Callas was a Greek soprano who would become one of the most celebrated opera singers of her time. Along with her mother and sister, Callas moved to Greece as a child following her mother and father's split. She began her musical education in Athens, and would go on to study under Elvira de Hidalgo at the Athens Conservatoire, honing her talents as a Bel Canto performer. Callas would have more than 50 opera performance [...]


Google’s Festivus Pole Goes Live In The Search Results

google-festivus-pole It is that time of the year again, if you search for [Festivus] in Google, you will see a Festivus pole show up on the left hand side rail. Here is a picture: Google adds the Festivus pole every year but it seems this year it went live a bit early. That being said, you can search for Hanukkah decorations since Hanukkah is early this year. Christmas and Kwanzaa decorations are not live yet. [...]


Thanksgiving 2013 Google Logo Wishes Everyone A Happy Holiday With Banjo Music & Dancing Animals

Google Thanksgiving logo 2013 To celebrate the holiday, today's Google homepage includes a Thanksgiving themed logo complete with a banjo-playing fox, a dancing turkey and slew of forest animals building their very own vegetarian holiday meal. Clicking the play button in the middle of the logo starts a brief interactive image of forest creatures scrambling through the woods, each carrying a portion of their Thanksgiving day feast. Banjo music plays as the animals collect pies, an ear of corn, squash and a pumpkin. Midway through, the music halts just before the fox delivers a banjo solo while the racoons, mice, turke [...]


Google’s Dreidels Decorations Live The Night Before Hanukkah

dreidel-hanukkah-google-decortations If you search on Google for [hanukkah], [dreidel] or similar Hanukkah themed searches, you will see the holiday bar at the top of the search results. This year, Google uses a bluish bar with dreidels, a four-sided spinning top used by Jewish children during the holiday. Last year, Google had Jewish stars for the holiday, as they did in 2011. But in 2010 they had dreidels as well. The mobile version of Google has a similar look but the layout is card style. Here is a picture: Keep an eye out for the upcoming [christmas] and [kwanzaa] searches for those decorations in the nea [...]


White Ribbon On Google’s Homepage Helps Raise Awareness For UN’s Campaign To End Violence Against Women

Ribbon only Today's white ribbon on Google's homepage is in support of the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The ribbon image links to the UNWomen.org End Violence Against Women webpage, offering visitors a brief overview of the internationally recognized campaign, along with links to news features and events to observe the day. If you try to visit the UNWomen site, it may take a while for the site to load with all the traffic from Google. My attempt took more than four-minutes. Marking the 1960 assassination of three female political activists from th [...]


Testing, Testing, Testing: A Recap Of Google’s Latest Search Tests

science-experiment-test-featured Google is known to run hundreds of experiments a year and often we pick up on some of those experiments and report back on them over here. Many of those experiments have to do with the user interface and how Google makes small tweaks to the layout, design, fonts and colors to see what type of impact it has on the searcher. Many of these tests we capture and categorize in the Google user interface section. There is also an excellent new resource for tracking every minor change Google tests, it is at allgoogletesting.blogspot.com. That being said, I wanted to share a screen shot Dr. Peter [...]


Google’s Yellow “Ad” Icons Test Appears To Be Expanding

adwords-mobile-ad-icon It appears Google has been rapidly expanding their new yellow ad label found on their search ads over the past week. Google began testing these yellow ad labels on mobile search and then expanded the test to the UK and beyond. Now, it seems as if we are receiving two to three emails per day from readers saying they are seeing the new yellow ad label in the search results. Here is a picture: If I had to guess, this is the new AdWords ad format that will be rolling out officially on both desktop and mobile search results in the next couple weeks. Related Entries The New Visua [...]


Veterans Day Google Logo Commemorates Holiday With A Portrait Of A Veterans Day Parade & Float

Google Logo Veterans snapshot Today's Google Logo commemorates Veterans Day with a portrait-styled image featuring soldiers atop a red, white and blue parade float. In the painting, parade onlookers watch a Veterans Day float with a prominently displayed American flag and a collection of men in uniform. Google's letters have been painted in red, white and blue stripes as well. In November of 1919, President Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day, a national holiday dedicated to those who gave their life in World War I. According to the Veterans Affairs website, Wilson proclaimed: To us in America the reflections of [...]


Hermann Rorschach Inkblot Inspired Google Logo Lets Users Share What They See

Hermann Rorschach Today's Google logo is inspired by Hermann Rorschach's famous inkblot test on the anniversary of the Freudian psychologist's 129th birthday. The Rorschach Inkblot test is a psychoanalysis process where patients are shown ten different inkblot paintings and report what they see in the images. The goal of the test is to gain insight into unconscious portions of a patient's personality projected onto the inkblots. The Google logo is framed from the eye of the user holding an inkblot image, with a psychoanalyst sitting to the left, waiting to record answers. The Google letters are arranged in [...]


Google Testing Site Name & URL In Search Result Snippets

Google iOS Search App Last month we saw Google testing displaying the site name in place of the URL in the snippets of the search results. Now, Rubén reports Google testing a nicer approach, showing both the site name and the URL in the snippet. So when you search for this site, it will show "Search Engine Land - searchengineland.com" in the snippet. Here is a picture: If you want to see this user interface yourself, you can learn how to modify your browser settings to see it via this site. For more Google User Interface tests, see over here. [...]


Raymond Loewy, Father Of Industrial Design, Gets Streamlined Google Logo For His 120th Birthday

RaymondLoewy Today's Google logo marks the 120th birthday of Raymond Loewy, the Father of Industrial Design. The logo highlights the industrial designer's work for Pennsylvania Railroad, where he designed a number of locomotives. While Loewy did not design the GG1 locomotive, he did create the streamlined, welded construction used on it and many future locomotives. It is this smooth design that Google has featured to blend with its own name. Loewy began his career in 1928, designing the shell of the Gestetner mimeograph machine, a design that would last for 40 years. While working for Pennsylvania Ra [...]


Shakuntala Devi, AKA The “Human Computer,” Honored With Google Logo To Mark Her 84th Birthday

shakuntala Quick, without Googling the answer or using a calculator -- what is the cube root of 188,132,517? Did you get it 546,372,891? In 1977, Shakuntala Devi was able to solve this problem faster than a computer. The Indian born math prodigy's astounding capacity to calculate complex numerical expressions in record time won her a spot in the 1982 Guinness Book of World Records, as well as a Google logo in her honor today. As a child, Shakuntala's arithmetic and memorization skills were quickly identified by her father. She would grow up demonstrating her keen math talents around the world, gain [...]


Google Logo Dressed Up As A Halloween Witch Today

Google Witch To celebrate the spookiest of all holidays today, Google has replaced its logo with an interactive image of a Halloween witch browsing her book of spells. By clicking the play button on the logo, the book transforms into a caldron and users are prompted to select a bone, potion, skeleton or apple to add to the witch's brew. After choosing two items, users are offered a series of Halloween games, including: a monster-hand version of whack-a-mole, Three-card Monte with coffins, lighting pumpkins, finding green goblins in a darkened forest, moving howling ghosts toward a full moon or knocking [...]


Edith Head Gets Her Own Google Logo Celebrating Her Career As One Of Hollywood’s Most Famous Designers

Edith Head Today's Google logo celebrates the triumphant career of Hollywood costume designer Edith Head on the occasion of her 116th birthday. Born Edith Posener in San Bernardino, California, Head would catch her first big break as a Paramount Pictures costume sketch artist in 1924 after working as an art teacher at Bishop's School in La Jolla. The logo places Edith Head front and center of her more famous costume creations, starting with a dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the film A Place in the Sun. The second dress in the logo is the iconic red velvet dress trimmed in white fur worn by Rosemary [...]


Google Logo Doubles As Parachute Game Before Answering The Question: When Was The First Parachute Jump?

Google Parachute Logo1 The Google logo team has been busier than usual this week. After celebrating salsa singer Celia Cruz yesterday, today's Google logo includes an interactive image to mark the first parachute jump. Performed by Andre-Jacque Garnerin on October 22, 1797, the jump occurred 216 years ago at Parc Monceau in Paris from a descent of approximately 3,000 meters out of a hydrogen balloon. Two years after his historical parachute jump, Garnerin's future wife Jeanne Genevieve Labrosse would become the first female parachutist. The logo includes an interactive game that lets users shift the parachute' [...]


Google Logo Celebrates Salsa Singer Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz Google Logo Today's Google logo remembers salsa singer Celia Cruz on what would have been the artist's 88th birthday. Cruz began her career singing lead vocals for the famous Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera in 1950. Born in Havanna, Cuba, Cruz and her husband Pedro Knight became a citizen of the United States in 1959 after Castro took control of Cuba. Cruz recorded eight albums for Tico Records, before recording the more famous record Celia y Johnny with Johnny Pacheco in 1974 for Vaya Records label. While  with Vaya, Cruz and pianist Larry Harlow performed at New York City's Carnegie Hall. After [...]


Google Tests Replacing URL With Site Name In Search Results; Again

Google logo Google is yet again experimenting with the snippet display in the search results. Google Operating System noticed Google bringing back a test from 2011, where they replaced the URL in the snippets with the site name. Here is a picture of how the Google search results look without the URL but with the site names: As you can see, it is almost exactly like the 2011 test. Earlier this year, Google also tested removing the URL section completely. You can see more examples at Google Operating System, and this was first spotted by Techno-net. [...]


Infographic: An Anatomy Of Google’s Dynamic Search Results Page

Do you know your SERP? That stands for Search Engine Results Page. In the case of Google, it can be pretty hard to keep up. Google has multiple SERPs, with some elements that may only appear if your search is deemed especially local, or shopping-oriented or perhaps if Google thinks it has a direct answer. The folks at Moz have done a fantastic job creating a "Mega-SERP" for Google, a single results page that includes many different types of elements that might appear. Here's the image, which they've kindly allowed us to share: Did you recognize all these elements? Be sure to visit the or [...]


Yosemite National Park Gets A Google Logo To Mark Its 123rd Birthday

123rd-anniversary-of-yosemite-national-park Today's Google logo celebrates the Yosemite National Park, which congress established as a national park on this date in 1890. The logo includes a collection of badges with "Google" front and center on a yellow badge featuring the park's famous Half Dome Mountain. A John Muir Trail (JMT) badge is included along with others to highlight park activities like rock climbing and camping. With the Lincoln land grant in 1864 to preserve the area, the Yosemite Grant was the first time the US federal government designated an area of land to be preserved for public use. As a result of the combined [...]


Google Launches New Card-Based “Unified Design” Search Results For Mobile Devices

Google logo Google has just rolled out their new "more unified design" of displaying search results for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet devices. As expected, Google said A new “more unified design” will offer "cleaner and simpler, optimized for touch, with results clustered on cards so you can focus on the answers you’re looking for." Here are pictures from how the interface looks on an iPhone and iPad: We've seen Google testing this interface earlier this month and now it is finally live. For more on the Knowledge Graph and other changes announced last week, se [...]


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