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The Man Behind Google Artwork

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the how-long-till-he-hates-the-word-google dept.

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malyn writes "CNN has an article on the artist who designs the custom Google logos for holidays, special events, etc. From the article: '[Dennis Hwang] has been manipulating the six letters in the Google name into shamrocks, fireworks, hearts and goblins since shortly after he got an internship there in 2000. Company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin found out that he was an art major in college. They said "Hey Dennis, why don't you give this a shot,"' and he has been doing it ever since."

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117 comments

If he's that good . . . (5, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746020)

maybe slashdot should hire him to design slashdot logos,... ;-)

Re:If he's that good . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746090)

As a profesionel Indian desinger, I can assure you all that Microsoft Paint is the best tool for profesionel results in teh graphics-area. Photoship is a waist of rupees, in my opium.

Greetings, Hasheem Masaliputulam

Re:If he's that good . . . (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746141)

Gimp?

Re:If he's that good . . . (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746196)

something tells me you completely missed the joke.

Re:If he's that good . . . (1)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746375)

One of the historical pictures linked to this... hiring [google.com] .
I'd be interested in that job.

Re:"I'd be interested in that job." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15747037)

Really? Working on the Google Death Star(tm)?

Re:If he's that good . . . (1, Informative)

in2mind (988476) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746152)

maybe slashdot should hire him to design slashdot logos,... ;-)

Thats not a joke. Slashdot needs to redesign the logo......
Slashdot looks pretty much the same ever after the recent design upgrade.

Re:If he's that good . . . (3, Insightful)

T-Ranger (10520) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747726)

Well, the redesign contest had the stated requiremenat that things had to remain more or less the same. A polish, rather then redesign contest, as it were. As for the logo: logos are not the kind of thing you should change. They may have been desigined to a paticular fashion, or not, but if they are good (or well known, which for a logo may be the definition of good), then they just are. Polish, tweeks, sure. But they should remain more or less the same.

I second that! (1)

alamandrax (692121) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746244)

what does a little harmless tinkering around with the logo on special occasions do? only a whole lot of good. kinda like a tribute to google.

Re:If he's that good . . .OMG Ponies!!! (2, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746722)

maybe slashdot should hire him to design slashdot logos,... ;-)

Yes, I can't wait to see his take on OMG Ponies !!!.

Awesome job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746023)

Why can't I get an internship like that?

I HAVE SOME GREAT GOOGLE ART (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746027)

www.google.com [goatse.ca]

-sergey

Oh, CNN. How we've fallen. (-1, Flamebait)

penguinstorm (575341) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746032)

It says a lot about the world of 24 hour news that this even qualifies.

Re:Oh, CNN. How we've fallen. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746107)

Haven't you ever heard of soft stories to lessen the tragic ones! Don't want to be on a downer the whole day. :')

Re:Oh, CNN. How we've fallen. (1)

AxXium (964226) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746125)

I may not be interesting to everyone, but as an artist I find it very interesting and pleasantly distracting. It is quite nice that Slashdot covers a wide variety of topics. Puts a smile on an otherwise rainy day.

-Axxium

Re:Oh, CNN. How we've fallen. (1)

baadger (764884) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746159)

..."a wide variety of topics" being Google?

And damn where are you such that it's raining, i'll swap you for a 35-38 degC heatwave.

Re:Oh, CNN. How we've fallen. (1)

AxXium (964226) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746265)

..."a wide variety of topics" being Google? No..I mean it's a lot better this than seeing stories repeated over and over. Or perhaps "Vista delayed yet again!" etc...etc... :-) -Axxium

I smell lawsuit (0)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746039)

The logos link to Google search results about the topic, which can drive a lot of traffic to unsuspecting sites.

Fill in your own comment here.

Re:I smell lawsuit (1)

vancondo (986849) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746098)

..because the last thing you want when you put up a public website is people visiting it?

Re:I smell lawsuit (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746243)

I guess what I meant is those stupid companies arguing over the google rankings again. Who gets first dibs on the search results for the Halloween logo, etc. Just forget it, I guess it was lame :-(

Re:I smell lawsuit (1)

Milican (58140) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746213)

We call it slashdotting here...

JOhn

Re:I smell lawsuit (1)

imaniack (638051) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747223)

Maybe it should be called googlicking? googlicked?

Re:I smell lawsuit (1)

kripkenstein (913150) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746257)

"The logos link to Google search results about the topic, which can drive a lot of traffic to unsuspecting sites."

Fill in your own comment here.


Obviously, given the current legal climate in the US, we can now expec-

Fill in your own 2nd half of this sentence here.

Yahoo (-1, Troll)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746055)

I love how Yahoo has taken to lamely ripping off the idea of theming thier logo on holidays and special occasions.

Re:Yahoo (5, Insightful)

MaelstromX (739241) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746146)

You mean like they did on December 26, 1996 [archive.org] ? Yes, how unoriginal of them, trying to pull a fast one on us knowing full well that Google would do the same almost a half decade later.

Re:Yahoo (-1, Troll)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746689)

You mean how Yahoo stopped doing it entirely until Google came along and made it popular?

Next.

Re:Yahoo (1)

8ball629 (963244) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747368)

The point is, they are not lamely ripping off the idea. If they were doing it before Google, maybe Google ripped the idea off of them. It doesn't matter WHO made it popular.

Re:Yahoo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746162)

I love how Yahoo has taken to lamely ripping off the idea of theming thier logo on holidays and special occasions.
hmm... I remember web sites doing this regularly long before Google even existed. If Yahoo is "ripping off the idea", so is Google (sorry, I mean Google is of course innovating, as always)

Been going on for years (5, Informative)

kmahan (80459) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746251)

This has been going on for literally decades. Lots of old "time sharing" systems would add custom MOTDs for holidays. The University of Illinois Plato System used to customize the "clock page" on the login display (512x512 plasma display terminals back in the '70s!). It got turned into a pumpkin on Halloween, a Christmas tree on christmas, a turkey on ThanksGiving http://www.platopeople.com/whatsnew.html/ [platopeople.com] midway down the page is an example image from 1973.

Re:Been going on for years (1)

cmdr_beeftaco (562067) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746557)

not to mention the Mac video game Dark Castle [wikipedia.org] that would decorate the dungeon with Christmas trees on Dec 25th. Those rats with the plague were mencing.

I thought I had been hit by a virus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15747112)

not to mention the Mac video game Dark Castle that would decorate the dungeon with Christmas trees on Dec 25th. Those rats with the plague were mencing.


Wow, that brings back some memories. I loved that game!

I remember when I was playing it on Christmas break on my family's Macintosh in 1988. When the Christmas tree showed up, I panicked and my first thought that I had been hit by a virus!

Art? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746057)

I can just see these fetching big dollars in 20 years at Christie's.

Oh wait their digital so nevermind.

Google logo archive... (5, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746061)

Google logo archive: here [google.com] . My personal favorite is the Einstein one [google.com] .

There was also a Dilbert series [google.com] if anyone remembers it from when it went live.

Re:Google logo archive... (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746095)

I liked so far this: Louis Braille's Birthday - January 4, 2006

Re:Google logo archive... (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746101)

Ditto on that Dilbert series. I want to see more of that!

Re:Google logo archive... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746164)

There was also a Dilbert series if anyone remembers it from when it went live.

I like this Dilbert series [pied.nu] more.

Re:Google logo archive... (4, Interesting)

Ericular (876826) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746170)

It's interesting to see how far graphic design has come since Halloween of 1999:

http://www.google.com/holidaylogos99.html [google.com]

Re:Google logo archive... (1)

jmoriarty (179788) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746996)

There is an interesting story behind the Dilbert thread, that is cataloged at the Ex-Googlers [blogspot.com] blog. They approached Scott Adams as a similiar counter-culture spirit to do some logos, but then his original submissions had to be revamped, reduxed, and taken to the pointy-haired bosses within Google.

Part I [blogspot.com] , Part II [blogspot.com] , and Part III [blogspot.com] .

It may be the reason Dilbert took numerous pot-shots at Google in some recent strips.

Google Doodles (1, Redundant)

slart42 (694765) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746064)

Here's a directory of all the custom google logo artwork ("Doodles") so far:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/holidaylogos.html [google.com]

Re:Google Doodles (0, Offtopic)

doti (966971) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746317)

Not fair this "-1, Redundant".

If you note the time of the comment, it's exactly the same minute of the previous (@17:36 -0300).

Re:Google Doodles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746444)

No special design for Veterans day either. I sent them an email about it a few years ago and they spun me a tale of how they could not think of a picture that was fitting for Veterans day. I felt like it was a line of BS. Nice to know google does not think very highly of Vets.

Re:Google Doodles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746613)

I guess the moderators couldn't find the "Karmawhore" rating.

He is great! (1)

AxXium (964226) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746068)

I enjoy viewing his artwork. Very tastefull, and always just right. I'm sure happy to finally know the man behind the pix.

-AxXium

Re:He is great! (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747488)

Would you really expect a corporation to have anything other than "tastefully" bland artwork for holidays or events? I just don't see Google ever featuring a pair of boobs for the 'O's in the name, to celebrate breast cancer awareness day. Also because they'd be ripping off Booble's logo.

Re:He is great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15747646)

"I just don't see Google ever featuring a pair of boobs for the 'O's in the name, to celebrate breast cancer awareness day. Also because they'd be ripping off Booble's logo."
You mean like this [franksemails.com]
Not nude but not safe for work

funny (5, Insightful)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746071)

It's funny how getting in on the ground floor of something like Google can let one individual stand out like this... Imagine if Google decided now to start putting up cystom art with each holiday. Due to their size, I'm sure it would be a huge heck of a mess... getting an artist, deciding on designs, figuring out what goes with the corporate principles. He's a lucky guy, getting to do that on his own... I can barely get approval for a logo for our intranet, that will only be seen by 20 people, due to the issues I raised above.

Re:funny (4, Interesting)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746113)

Yeah... I never realized they had just one person doing all of those logos! I guess I just assumed it was a tradition carried on by different folks in the design team. It's a nice touch, especially since their site is pretty basic and uncluttered. It allows the art to really stand out.

Are you kidding me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746435)

6 years of editing the same stupid logo ... could a job get any more boring? I'm surprised the guy hasn't offed himself.

Not shocked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746082)

Art schools have lots of talent just sitting around looking for work. I see scores of ameture websites that could look 10x better by hiring a dirt cheap art student from your local university.

Re:Not shocked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746172)

Art schools have lots of talent just sitting around looking for work. I see scores of ameture websites that could look 10x better by hiring a dirt cheap art student from your local university.

 
There's more than one English major sitting around with his/her feet up too, ya know...

Re:Not shocked (1)

kn0tw0rk (773805) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747519)

And if you troll/browse places like deviantart.com you will see the best and worst of it.
But what does it take to become known for your art? Usually a lucky break because of someone you know.
I'd be extremely happy to get such a break as he did, but until that comes along, I keep working my day job and doing my art as a hobby.
Though I admit while I have some talent as an artist, I dont think that I'd be able to fill that niche.

Wow, he's Asian!!! (-1, Troll)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746089)

And he's not a doctor or engineer! Yet he's still working in the tech industry. Hmmm...

Re:Wow, he's Asian!!! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746234)

I happen to have loads of asian friends in the tech industry and many of them are artists and programmers.

You might well note that asians are often good at fine art due to the very nature of their writing system.

No no no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746268)

He has Down Syndrome. He just changed his name to an Asian sounding one to look smart!

From what I learned in the 80's (in the media with all the Japan bashing, etc..), Asians are not creative: they just learn everything by wrote and regurgitate what they've memorized.

Re:No no no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746685)

Monkeys are good that sort of thing, you know...

Kind of... (2, Funny)

daddyrief (910385) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746135)

This guy kind of says the phrase 'kind of' kind of too often.

Read the summary and... (1)

tacokill (531275) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746150)

Go back and re-read the summary. Then add "...and he's a very rich man." at the end of it. Sounds kinda sweet, doesn't it.

Oh and also, because that's what he is.

They did have Scott Adams/Dilbert do one ... (3, Interesting)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746246)

Interesting writeup from an XGoogler [blogspot.com] about how that turned out ..

I'm amazed (-1, Flamebait)

LaughingCoder (914424) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746272)

I have to say, I am continually amazed that the "perpetually offended" types haven't gone after Google for brazenly commemorating religious holidays like Christmas, and American imperialist holidays like Thanksgiving. I suppose it's only a matter of time before folks like the ACLU try to put a stop to this, but until then I'll simply enjoy them.

Re:I'm amazed (3, Insightful)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746291)

The ACLU has never interfered in the private religious activities conducted by a business. It's only when government gets involved that the ACLU cries foul. For example if it's a government project, or that business gets special subsidies from the government, or that government is providing the business with free police, fire protection, and road service.

Re:I'm amazed (2, Insightful)

swimmar132 (302744) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746429)

Why would the ACLU be involved? If anything, they'd protect Google's rights to display what they want.

Re:I'm amazed (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746612)

"Why would the ACLU be involved?"

Look... if Bill O'Reilly says they're evil, then they're evil! Don't expect me to think beyond that!

Re:I'm amazed (1)

wombert (858309) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746465)

As noted here [slashdot.org] , the doodles aren't exactly religious or specific to "Christmas" (or other specific religious December holidays). Go review the "holiday" logos: they have snow, lights, and gift exchanges, but no visible Christmas trees, no Nativity scene, no menorahs or dreidels, no Kwanzaa references - nor even any people, so far as I can tell...

Re:I'm amazed (1)

cyborg_zx (893396) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746537)

I would have thought Bastille day would be more of a concern for Americans - you still hate the French right?

Re:I'm amazed (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747268)

I'd be willing to bet 99% of Americans have never met a French person. In my exprience they're very nice people.

Of course there's good and bad in all, but in general I don't think theres anything wrong with the French which is a pissing contest betweem two nations who both want to claim to be the best in the world.

Re:I'm amazed (1)

JacksBrokenCode (921041) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747476)

Hi Doesn't-Get-The-Joke-Guy, how are you today?

It says something about google's HR (2, Interesting)

bepolite (972314) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746274)

Any company that can identify, hire, promote, motivate, and retain people like this is going to be successful... oh and have great logos!

Google be Praised (1)

Sigg3.net (886486) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746650)

Any company that [is Google] is going to be successful..
..unless invaded by monster robots infecting everything with Sony rootkits!

Ok, ok, I'm just too tired of the GooglePraise. He's good. No, he's great.
It's just that.. it's a search engine, all right? A good search engine.
Let's not pretend it makes farts smell like flowers.

So how come no logo for Memorial Day? (1)

Cr0w T. Trollbot (848674) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746276)

The lack of one was rather conspicuous compared to the very minor and international holidays they've commemorated.

Crow T. Trollbot

How many, and how much? (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746282)

This job has been mentioned a few times and I've always wonder how much he makes at it, and how many logos etc he has to make. The article points out it's on 20% of what he does, but not really what else he does (and of course, mentioning pay-rate is usually considered rude).

It also mentions how sometimes sites suffer an effect similar to a slashdotting through being linked from the google logos, so I found if google might consider coordinating with some of those a little better to offer temporary mirroring services.

Out of the logos shown on the CNN site, I think that the machaelangelo [cnn.net] is probably my fav.

Re:How many, and how much? (1)

tehgimp (885736) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746301)

I know people who know him, and he joined Google pretty early in the company as an engineer. So he's doing pretty damn well.

Getting rich from Google doodles (1)

cnet-declan (958524) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746287)

Unfortunately the CNN.com article left out an interesting nugget of information: Google doodling can be quite lucrative.

We mentioned in this CNET News.com piece how Mr. Hwang cashed in $489,000 worth of stock in one sale (and that was when Google was much less richly valued): http://news.com.com/2061-10786_3-5447373.html [com.com]

No love for Christmas? (2, Interesting)

Percent Man (756972) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746292)

Does anyone know why they've got artwork for, say, Thanksgiving every single year, and some seemingly off-mainstream ones (Persian New Year, e.g.), but they've not ever done Christmas or Chanukah? All they have is some "holiday" mumbo-jumbo with snowmen. Is this yet another win for the politically correct crowd, or is something less sinister at work?

Re:No love for Christmas? (2, Insightful)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746458)

Religious holidays are off-limits. Some people will inevitably get all up in arms because they feel left out or under-represented. This was disussed in his NightLine interview a few weeks ago.

Re:No love for Christmas? (1)

suggsjc (726146) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746562)

While I do respect others rights, etc. I find it amazing that we bow to extreme minorities to avoid offending someone, despite the fact that (especially in the case of Christmas) millions would get enjoyment out of it.

Oh well

Re:No love for Christmas? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746744)

Why do the have Saint Patricks day then?

Re:No love for Christmas? (1)

JacksBrokenCode (921041) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747434)

I would guess their reasoning is that now it's more of a drinking holiday and less of a "let's celebrate the Catholic patron saint of Ireland" day. But then again, they did... Holi (several times) - A Hindu holiday Halloween (several times) - Commercialized now, but with religious roots (much like Christmas) Easter (several times) - Commercialized, but still very religious also. Valentine's Day (several times) - Commercialized, but religious roots. Yes, you have to dig a bit hard to find the religious history of some of those holidays, but to claim that Christmas has not been commercialized as much as Easter would be naive. But as soon as they do Christmas and neglect to do Ramadan, are they going to face harassment lawsuits and other problems? Should we start the deathwatch now on how much longer they do fun logos before it's not worth the hassle? It already happened on Miro's birthday...

Re:No love for Christmas? (1)

JacksBrokenCode (921041) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747464)

My bad, meant to hit preview.
__________________________________________________ __

I would guess their reasoning is that now it's more of a drinking holiday and less of a "let's celebrate the Catholic patron saint of Ireland" day.

Other religious holidays they did...
Holi (several times) - A Hindu holiday
Halloween (several times) - Commercialized now, but with religious roots (much like Christmas)
Easter (several times) - Commercialized, but still very religious also.
Valentine's Day (several times) - Commercialized, but religious roots.

Yes, each of these holidays has gone "mainstream" but to say that Easter is ok but Christmas is too religious... I would have to disagree. But as soon as they do Christmas and neglect to do Ramadan, are they going to face harassment lawsuits and other problems? Should we start the deathwatch now on how much longer they do fun logos before it's not worth the hassle? It already happened on Miro's birthday...

Re:No love for Christmas? (1)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746550)

I'm so sick of this "we christians are such victims" crap. "war on christmas" crap.

The REAL war on Christmas was when it turned into "spend all the money you possibly can" day.

Re:No love for Christmas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746567)

Dude, you're one of those guys that bristles when people say "Happy Holidays" to you, aren't you?

Last December, this guy said "Merry Christmas" to me. I said, "Merry Christmas" back, and he said, "Thanks for saying that. If one more person says 'Happy Holidays' to me, I think I'm gonna hit him." That's actually what he said, with the same tone as someone saying, "If one more person tells me to fuck off, I think I'm gonna hit him."

Damn, if someone's wishing me well I'll take it. If someone's trying to brighten my season with cute images, I'll take it.

Re:No love for Christmas? (1)

cyborg_zx (893396) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746576)

If I was not from a northern climate prone to cold weather at that time of year I could get upset by the implication that there'd be snowmen about.

Politically correct? It's an amateur attempt if that's so.

Taking issue with CNN's intro summary (1, Insightful)

wombert (858309) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746294)

"Dennis Hwang may be the most famous unknown artist in the world -- his work doesn't hang in galleries or museums, but it's been viewed hundreds of millions of times."

So, how is this different from someone who designs the logo of a national (or international) fast-food chain, or the package art for a widely distributed consumer product?

Even if it's not 100% of his job duties, he's being paid to produce artwork to build & reinforce a brand. Sounds like the job a *lot* of graphic artists hold, and I'm not entirely convinced that it's seen by more people (more views != more viewers) than a number of national or international ad campaigns.

Re:Taking issue with CNN's intro summary (1)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746723)

This is very true. Back in the daaaay, I used to make those simple electronic sign animations that you see in front of shopping centers and so on. These signs were sold nationally. I did some rough calculations one time and realized that my work had been seen hundreds of millions of times, far more than any of my old film school peers' movies.

slashdotting (2, Funny)

doti (966971) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746300)

From TFA: "Sometimes we unfortunately take some sites down, so we have to cycle through different search queries midday,"

Have you heard of Google Cache? Just link to it instead if the site goes down.

An Asian guy, big surprise. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746513)

I bet they pay him slave wages for his work, which isn't suprising to me, as almost every asian I've met would rather commit harikari than not be suppliant and submissive.

Where was Christ? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15746541)

Where was Christ on Christmas?

20% of his job?! (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746570)

Now he's in charge of all Google's webmasters, and designing the logos is only about 20 percent of his job -- but that doesn't mean it's not a lot of work.

Sorry, but that really sounds a lot like thumb rolling for him at Google then...

The occasional art for a few holidays and events a year is a FIFTH of his workload? Jeez!

I wonder if it's a misleading number from CNN.com, but somehow I wouldn't be surprised if it was actually true as it's in line with my Google work environment prejudices. :-p

Re:20% of his job?! (1)

pe1chl (90186) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746661)

What you may not know is that many local versions of google (google.countrycode) have this art for their local holidays as well.

So, there is more than the few holidays you know about.

Nice going. (1)

ProjectMayhem (860928) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746577)

Seeing this interview, I can't help but think of an Achewood comic from a couple months ago. http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=05172006 [achewood.com] . I'm glad to know someone's mom did not actually draw it for them.

Nikola Tesla (1)

MasaMuneCyrus (779918) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746720)

He missed Nikola Tesla's 150th, though. Google'd better through one hell of a 151st to make up for it...

Wasn't he sued... (2, Interesting)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#15746739)

Wasn't he, or Google, sued by some dead artist's wife for ripping off the artist's "style" in some homage he did to that particular artist? A truly meritless suit if I've ever heard of one.

Re:Wasn't he sued... (5, Informative)

Javaman59 (524434) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747003)

Funny thing is, it's happened twice! First time was in 2002, when they did a Salvador Dali tribute, and second time was in 2006 with a Miro tribute. http://management.silicon.com/government/0,3902467 7,39158308,00.htm [silicon.com] Both times the complaints were settled quickly when Google agreed to take down the logo, without admitting fault.

Sigh (2, Insightful)

cheese-cube (910830) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747158)

I would have thought that on a site such as /. that people would be more accepting of other races. I don't think I've seen more racially vilifying comments (All posted anonymously) on a single article before. He's Asian, get over it.

With regards to the article itself I think AxXium [slashdot.org] sums up my view best:
I enjoy viewing his artwork. Very tastefull, and always just right. I'm sure happy to finally know the man behind the pix.

Re:Sigh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15747173)

Shut the fuck up, you niggar-spic-assed, slant-eyed jew.

Slashdot Logo (1)

tmh - The Mad Hacker (962953) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747181)

I think it's high time he made one for all of us ./ers, eh?
Maybe something simple like this: http://boling.us/temp/google-slashdot.png [boling.us]
:-)

Re:Slashdot Logo (2, Funny)

giriz (966704) | more than 7 years ago | (#15747798)

It's /. You typed ./ (were you working in *nix Terminal?)
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