Thursday, March 31, 2011

Google Doodle Celebrates Robert Bunsen with Animation

We don’t cover every doodle that Google does. There are so many of them that it seems almost pointless, but sometimes certain ones that stand out to us we deem worthy of more attention.

The PAC-MAN Doodle for example, was particularly noteworthy. Last year, for PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday, Google provided a playable PAC-MAN game with the Google logo embedded in the maze. It included all of the original sounds and graphics from the original game (and even a Ms. PAC-MAN Easter egg).


Today’s doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of Robert Bunsen, co-inventor of the Bunsen Burner, and is another example of an interactive doodle. I’m not going to say it’s as entertaining as the PAC-MAN doodle, but it’s still pretty cool. It does different things as you mouse over different parts.

Someone uploaded the following clip to YouTube, showing the animation in effect:

What’s more impressive to me, is how Google continues to come up with these interesting ways to present the actual letters of the logo, and have it still make sense and look like the letters. Admittedly, I had to look at this one for a moment, before I could confirm that the letters “G-o-o-g-l-e” are really there.

Some of us would still like to see the interactive doodles appear more often, but one can’t help but admire the art of the doodle itself – a practice Google has been employing since its early days as a search engine.

What’s your favorite doodle that the company has displayed?

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