Original artwork and whimsical doodles have been a daily feature of Google's home page for more than 15 years.
The first doodle was introduced in 1998 when founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page left to attend the Burning Man music festival, and wanted to let Google users know they would be out of the office for a couple of days. Since that time, the doodle has evolved from primitive sketches and clip art to elaborate, informative and increasingly interactive images.
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The doodle has become such a mainstay on the homepage and part of the company's identity, they now have a full-time staff of resident artists, or doodlers, who help create imagery seen by hundreds of millions of people on a daily basis. According to Google job postings, doodle candidates will have "the world's best platform to showcase stylistic skills, as well as your sense of humor, love of all things historical and imaginative artistry."
One of those digital artists is Jennifer Hom, who was a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design when she was recruited by the Google Doodle team back in 2009. Hom actually created the Hedy Lamarr doodle that was featured earlier this week, on what would have been her 101st birthday. Lamarr died in January 2000.
"I never knew doodling was a real job," she told CNBC in a recent interview. But I remember going to meet with the company during RISD's portfolio review day, showed them some characters, and observational drawings, and just like that, I was hired and moved to California!"
Hom currently works out of Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters, in a quiet, glass-enclosed section where creative minds can roam free. Hom said that Google's artists get their fodder from a variety of sources, while the company allows them free rein.
"We listen to music watch You Tube videos, do research and, of course, sketch out ideas," Hom said. "There are no hard and fast rules, except we must attend meetings, and get the work done."