Google is celebrating Valentine’s Day the world over with an animated “Doodle” for Valentines Day. In some countries, the strains of Grammy-winning Tony Bennett — crooning the bluesy Hank Williams tune “Cold, Cold Heart” — provide the only words. Created by Michael “Lippy” Lipman and Google Designer Willie Real.
Created by Michael “Lippy” Lipman and Google Designer Willie Real.While today’s animated doodle does have the internet buzzing for many reasons, I don’t think it will come close to surpassing the popular Pacman Doddle. The Valentines animation is creative and Google even tossed in a bit of controversy to really get people talking by including at the end a half-dozen tiles featuring various ”couples,” including a dog and a cat, an astronaut and an alien; the ever popular frog and a prince and even a tile featuring two tuxedoed men holding hands. Says Lipman: “I think Google was pretty aware of everybody in those final squares and they decided [them] with purpose.”
This is Lipman’s first Doodle and Real’s second doodle. He previously worked on last year’s Doodle to celebrate “father of genetics” Gregor Mendel.
Google definitely knows how to Brand. I can’t think of another company that has ever made such creative use of their logo. For years they have captivated users with their fun Google Doodle Holiday or special occasion logos.
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I think my all time favorite has to be the Google animated logo Pacman which was actually a mini version of the Pacman game, created for the game’s 30th anniversary on May 22, 2010. There was an actual study done by RescueTime, that determined the Pac-Man on Google playable version of the iconic game cost the economy a total of 4,819,352 man-hours and a whopping $120,483,800 in lost productivity. As RescueTime put it, you could hire every single Google employee, including co-founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and CEO Eric Schmidt, and get them for six weeks for that much money. I admit, I’m one of those that spent time playing a few games. If you missed out or you would just like to play it again Google has made it available for you to either play online or download. Play Pacman here.
Another wildly popular animated doodle was created to celebrate the birthday of musician and inventor Les Paul.
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According to the Official Google Blog, in just 48 hours in the U.S., users recorded 5.1 years worth of music—40 million songs—using the doodle guitar. And those songs were played back 870,000 times!
Other favorite Google Animations are:
Google Balls: THE MYSTERY DOODLE I liked this one because it had media outlets and blogs the world over trying to figure out just what Google was up to. Other popular animated Google Doodles include:
- John Lennon‘s 70th Birthday Doodle: IMAGINE THIS DOODLE
- Holidays 2011: JINGLE BELLS
- Martha Graham: THE DANCING DOODLE
- Lucille Ball: I LOVE LUCY
- Freddy Mercury: THE MUSIC VIDEO
- Jim Henson: THE CLICKABLE MUPPETS
- Snowflake: 125th Anniversary of the Largest Snowflake
- Art Clokey: THE “GUMBY DOODLE”
- Jules Verne: THE DEEP-SEA DOODLE
- Stanislaw Lem: THE ANIMATED SCI-FI GAME
- Alexander Calder: THE SCULPTURAL DOODLE
If you have an idea for a Google doodle you can submit it by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow we’ll share some of our favorite non-animated Google Doodles with you. What have been some of your favorites? Leave us a comment below or post your favorites in a message to us on Twitter or Facebook.