Google thanks pandemic workers

Image: Google.

“To all the public health workers and to researchers in the scientific community – thank you.”

That's the message behind today's Google search homepage and it's a timely reminder of the great job being done by New Zealand's health and scientific communities.

The Google “doodles”, as they're known, change on a regular basis to celebrate familiar holidays, commemorate important anniversaries, salute notable people and reflect current world affairs. says the doodles are the “fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes” that are made to the organisation's logo to celebrate, among other things, the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

The latter now includes the efforts of those on the frontline of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first customised Google doodle appeared way back in 1998 but it was  another two years before the novelty really took off.

In 2000, a chief 'doodler' was appointed in the form of then Google webmaster Dennis Hwang, who came to oversee a whole team of doodle illustrators and engineers. 

Twenty years on, the team continues to turn out innovative designs and bring smiles to internet users around the world. A gallery of all the Google doodles can be found at

In its efforts to celebrate interesting events and keep things fresh, Google is also open to receiving design ideas from the public.

Submissions can be sent to

A page, which encourages submissions from schools, has the following suggestions for would-be artists:

  • Make sure your design complements the shape of the letters in the Google logo, but don't let that restrict your creativity.
  • Experiment with different media to see which one works best for your design (you can even create your doodle on your PC).
  • Don't over-complicate your design – simpler images often have the most impact.
  • Remember that your design could end up on the Google homepage, so imagine how it will look on screen.
  • Remember to use color well and think about how it interacts with a white background.
  • Avoid commercial or copyrighted images.
  • Feel free to use the space behind and in front of the Google letters, but try to maintain your design's overall balance.
  • Have fun! “Doodle 4 Google" is all about creativity and enjoying designing fun things. Think about how you want to change the world.


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