Our Favourite Google Doodles of 2016

As the year draws to a close we round up our favourite Google Doodles of 2016!

Google have been creating everyday animations to celebrate anniversaries and events across the world since 1998 when the founders created the first ever Google Doodle: a burning stick man figure. As a team of talented graphic designers, animators and illustrators we have decided to showcase animations that have inspired us – from 2D vector animations to hand drawn doodles – that delight millions of internet users everyday!


Paralympic Games 2016 

4,500 disabled athletes from over 170 countries competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games – this year held in Rio, Brazil. Google celebrated their incredible achievements through colourful, abstract animations depicting various sports in action.

Paralympics 2016


385th Anniversary of Tea in the UK

We at Spinning Clock are an office of tea lovers! So naturally this tea-inspired animation, complete with beautiful typography, by Google was right up our street. Google used transition animation to create this catalogue of very British brews from a builder’s cuppa to fine china fit for the queen.

358th Anniversary of Tea in the UK




Long Night of Museums 2016 

In May various museums across the Globe open their doors for a free evening of cultural delight. In recognition of this inspiring evening doodlers at Google delighted us with motion graphics featuring transitioning gallery backdrops and a moving curtain of stars.


International Women’s Day 2016 

This vibrant doodle used line drawn and flick-book animation techniques to commend women all over the world spanning generations, fields and specialisms for International Women’s Day.








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