Google Doodles by Marsden

The very first Google Doodles were designed by
artist and illustrator Ian David Marsden

Google Doodles by Ian David Marsden

As the very first Google Doodle artist, I had the unique opportunity to create the first Google Doodles and set the tone for this now iconic tradition. Over the years, I have created numerous Doodles for Google, including the very first animated Doodle which celebrated Mentalplex Technology on April Fool’s Day 200.

My experience as a cartoonist, illustrator and character designer allowed me to bring a fresh and fun perspective to each Doodle, incorporating the history and culture behind each event being celebrated. From national holidays to events, each Doodle was a unique challenge and opportunity to create something memorable and meaningful.

I am proud to have played a part in the evolution of the Google Doodle. Thank you for visiting my page and I hope you enjoy the selection of my Google Doodle artwork.

Gallery of all the Google Doodles I ever designed

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.

See the instructions here:

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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