We list our top Google doodles to date

Those of you who use Google regularly will no doubt be familiar with the occasional graphics that take the place of the traditional Google logo. These colourful designs usually reference a real world or historical event, and they have fast become one of the most popular features of the search engine. Today we're going to take a look at our top Google doodles so far...

A brief history

Google doodles go all the way back to 1998, where the first doodle was used to honour the famous Burning Man Festival. Between 1998 and 2000, all doodles were created by outside contractors, however for Bastille Day 2000, Google intern Dennis Hwang was give the chance to design one. Since then, Hwang has been Google's go to guy on the doodle front, and he has created some truly memorable designs down through the years. So without further ado, we give you our top Google doodles of the last 13 years!

On Saturday, 13 November 2010, the Google doodle celebrated the 160th birthday of the author of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stephenson, and was suitably based around his most famous book.

On October 7, 2009, the doodle took the form of a barcode to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the barcode on that day back in 1948 by Bernard Silver.

On Thursday, April 1, 2010 Google took the drastic step of renaming their website and redesigning their logo to spell Topeka. While this may have been cryptic to many, it was a joke relating to the fact that the town of Topeka in Kansas had changed its own name to Google, earlier that month.

There are plenty more examples that didn't quite make it into our top 3, but rather than depriving you of that information, we've made a list of the best of the rest for you to enjoy!

  • Gio Pomodoro's 81st Birthday (November 17th 2011)
  • German Reunification Day (October 3rd 2011)
  • John Lennon's 70th Birthday (October 5th 2010)
  • Pac Man 30th Anniversary (May 21st 2010)
  • Jules Verne's 183rd Birthday (February 8th 2011)

Long live the Google doodle!

Now that you've read about some of our top Google doodles of recent years, perhaps you'll keep a closer eye on the Google homepage in future. The site is continually updated with new doodles to celebrate various things, and clicking on the doodle itself will bring you a wealth of search results about its subject matter, making it both entertaining and educational!

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