He’s a Googler and a Doodler

The Toronto Star has published a profile of Dennis Hwang, the Google programmer who is also the artist behind Google’s many special logos (aka Google Doodles). Doodling with the Google logo.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company’s founders, had been experimenting with revisions to the Google logo for special events (in 1999, the first time they tried it, they added a “burning man” to the logo to let pals know they’d be at the Burning Man festival in Nevada for a few days). But Page and Brin were unhappy with the quality of the drawings they were getting from a freelancer. On one occasion, they asked Hwang, knowing that he was an art major, to redraw one of the submissions. He did — and it was exactly what they were looking for.

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