google doodles

Ian David Marsden was the first Google Doodle designer, creating Goodle Doodles for over a year from 1999 onwards. Complete gallery with direct links to artwork on Google.

Google Doodles by Ian David Marsden

I had the privilege of being the first artist to work on Google Doodles, helping initiate what has become a globally recognized feature on Google’s homepage. My contributions began with the very first Doodle a series of 3 animated GIFs for the amazing telepathic Mentalplex Technology on April Fool’s Day 2000.

Drawing from my background as a cartoonist and illustrator, my focus was to create relevant and engaging designs that resonated with the significance of each date or occasion. Every Doodle offered a unique opportunity to visually represent events or holidays in an insightful yet concise manner.

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It’s been an honor to be part of the early stages of the Google Doodle story. In this gallery, you can revisit the entirety of my Google Doodle creations, each accompanied by a direct link to its original display on Google.

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Comprehensive Gallery of Ian David Marsden Google Doodles

The first Illustrations I made for Google, were shown on April Fool’s Day 2000.
Google launched the amazing MentalPlex Technology where you could just think of what you were searching for and Google would find it. I created a little character and made some animated GIFs to explain how it worked.

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My first ‘Google Doodle’ series was also the very first actual Google Doodle – namely the Alien abduction of the Google logo which happened in May 2000.

UFO Abducts Google Logo
UFO Abducts Google Logo

My second Google Doodle was Google Doodle II – Founding Father’s BBQ and Fireworks for the 4th of July.

4th of July
4th of July

The third series of Google Doodles I designed were the Olympic Doodles for the Summer Olympics in Sydney – with the little ‘Kangaroodle” character design I made for the event. I have never received more fan mail than I did during the days these olympic google doodles were online. Hundreds of e-mails from all over the world. All of them positive and friendly.

(Google Doodles Summer Olympics in Sydney )

Here’s one of the olympic doodles from the above links:

2000 Summer Olympics Sydney
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney

The last Google Doodle I drew was the Global Happy New Year Doodle 2001 with the two little white bears throwing a party.

Happy New Year 2001
Happy New Year 2001

I hope you enjoyed this little walk with me down my Google Doodle memory lane.

All of the above Google Doodles are © 1999 – 2001

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