Sunday, June 12, 2011

Web Feature: Google Doodle Les Paul Guitar

     Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists. Whether it is the beginning of Spring, Albert Einstein's birthday, or the 50th anniversary of understanding DNA, the doodle team never fails to find artistic ways to celebrate these unique events.
     Having a little bit of fun with the corporate logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies but at Google, it is a part of the brand. While the doodle is primarily a fun way for the company to recognize events and notable people, it also illustrates the creative and innovative personality of the company itself.
     Google doodle started in 1998 when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. A stick figure drawing was placed behind the 2nd "o" in the word, Google. It was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.” While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was well received by our users.

     This doodle was created by google to honor the 96th birthday of Les Paul who died in 2009. Les Paul is a musician and an electric guitar pioneer, so the doodle featured the google logo in the shape of a guitar. The best part is the doodle guitar was actually playable. You can strum the strings with your mouse or use the keyboard.  The following is the keyboard map of notes:

Google Doodle: Les Paul Guitar
C = 1, Q, A or Z    
D = 2, W, S or X
E = 3, E, D or C
F = 4, R, F or V
G = 5, T, G or B
A = 6, Y, H or N
B = 7, U, J or M
C = 8, I, K or ,
D = 9, O, L or .
E = 0, P, :, or /

     The les paul guitar doodle has been a hit that google decide to give it a permanent page at google doodles. Here you can play the doodle and also make a recording of your creations and share it with your friends with a google shortened URL. As stated by Alexander Chen, a musician and designer at google creative labs, the doodle featured the recording because Les Paul also experimented in his garage with innovative recording techniques like multitracking and tape delay in addition with his guitar work.
Links to other interactive doodles