Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time Google has used a modern commercial entity as part of their search engine ‘doodle’. I remember when they did a doodle for Popeye, but that was a 115th birthday celebration of the original cartoonist who created Popeye. Scooby-Doo, the original TV cartoon is currently owned by Cartoon Network, which presumeably would have to have given permission for its use. I have to wonder if Google got paid to do this one. The show has full-time ‘Halloweenish’ atmosphere, and CN acquired it last April. I can’t see them missing the opportunity to ‘punch up’ their new acquisition on October 31.
Rarely in the history of Google’s logo alteration is the search engine logo image so removed from its original shape that the word ‘Google’ is not readily apparent in some respect. As attractive as this Mucha tribute is, I have trouble seeing the word ‘Google’ in this adaptation of Alphonse Mucha’s work. Even with the Joseph Frank birthday image I could squint and imagine the word ‘Google’ wrested from the lines in the image. Continue reading “A Google Artistic First?”