Today is China’s national day, and I was impressed to see this delicate logo on the Google website (photo below). Clicking into the photo, Google assumes me to search “China’s national day” and provides me with a full list of webpages containing relevant information.
Google surprises me now and then, with its nicely designed “Doodles”. The first Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998. The Doodle was designed to notify users in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Doodles pay
tribute to noted artists and scientists, including Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein,
Leonardo da Vinci, and so on. Google was criticized in 2007 for not featuring
American patriotic holidays. As a result, they featured more logos on these
holidays. On Friday, April 15, 2011, Google made the first video doodle,
commemorating Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd birthday.
Does Google have to make Doodles? I don’t think so. At least it’s not a question
about life or death. But Doodles make the company image of Google more user-friendly. The unique concept also exhibits a respect for knowledge.