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Google Doodle: Interactive Design – Do you like it?

You won’t need us to tell you, but I’m sure you are already aware that Google has added a nifty interactive logo as today’s Google doodle. It doesn’t have a historical meaning like previous doodles, but it is fully interactive with the user.

I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that this is the first interactive design that Google has used for their website. We all remember the flash Pacman game on Google, but this one is a game of different sorts.

If you hover your mouse around the logo, you’ll see that the multi-colored balls disperse according to which direction you aim your mouse towards. If you leave your mouse idle for a short while, the balls will regroup to form the Google logo again – very clever.

Give it a go yourself and let us know your thoughts on it. Do you like Google’s interactive Doodle?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Susan Anderson
Susan Anderson

Looks like socialist propaganda they are trying to indoctrinate with. Obamaganda.

Umais Zahid
Umais Zahid

Wow, Surprised at how many people that are getting agitated about it… As someone said, if you don't like it, then change your homepage to Google advanced search.

Personally, I love Google and all of it's quirky little ideas. It's always churning out new things and I love it for that..

Mike
Mike

I love the design!

higgster
higgster

inane falderal

Benito
Benito

Hasn't slowed my computer down.. I like it. Makes me laugh these people getting so angry about it… there are people in the world with no food.. but poor you with your search engine disaster! Idiots.

dave
dave

I wonder how they got so hand-shy?

The balls are afraid of movement, not your cursor; Move your cursor into the logo and allow everything to settle down (they’ll come back) As soon as you move it again, chaos!

Poor little fellers. They’s just some balls. Never brought no harm to no-one.

Winna
Winna

I love it and I want it to be there tomorrow…..or let me choose it as a home page….

1of2Techs
1of2Techs

As someone else posted, it looks like the dots used to test for color blindness.

John Dalton was the first scientist to take academic interest in the subject of color blindness. He was born September 6, 1766 in Eaglesfield, England and died July 27, 1844 of paralysis. One of the first scientific papers John Dalton published was titled “Extraordinary facts relating to the vision of colours” and released in 1793.

Guest2
Guest2

Fun. Made me smile…before coffee.

sdk410
sdk410

I like it… it's fun!

man
man

veryyy dumb idea on google's part. it been slowing my web down all day it is very upsetting. i may have to block the google now!

markroll60
markroll60

On September 7, 1927, Philo Farnsworth's image dissector camera tube transmitted its first image, a simple straight line, at his laboratory at 202 Green Street in San Francisco. Colour Television as we know it. The dots represent the way the image is comprised. Farnsworth is indecently who Prof Farnsworth in Futurama is named after

joe
joe

Perhaps a nod to dot matrix printers?

Will
Will

It is very annoying and slowing down my searches…Google aim to make searches fast so why add extra weight to the page.

Johnny84
Johnny84

Another Google Doodle that's oodle's of fun! As @DJOlfin pointed out if you're not happy with it just set your home page to the advanced search, but why would you want to miss out on these little perks!

Moan about the weather, not something that's meant to be a little bit of fun.

Eric
Eric

Bad Acid!

Stephanie
Stephanie

Well I like it – as a one off. Was also confused that I couldn't click on it to find out what it was – so I googled it of course. It is fun – but I guess it could be annoying after a while. I have used Bing – and really don't like it. Google will be my search engine of choice unless something better comes along. Maybe next time they produce an interactive google doodle they can build it with an off switch – that should keep the moaners happy.

elaine
elaine

can't get it – must be for US only, how cheap !!!!

BunnyNC
BunnyNC

Love it…thanks for another fun doodle! 🙂

ImotionX
ImotionX

Dont agree. Love it.

IT Jonny
IT Jonny

Stupidly thought out by Googles designers, it slows down your browsing experience.

The reason Google has become the de factor standard for web search engines is it's clean fast UI.

I'm going to use a faster and less distracting search engine.

Bing seems the best option for me today, if they keep this up I won't be using google at all in future.

Bromley
Bromley

I love it

Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson

This is the most annoying thing they have ever had on their page. EVER. It is horribly distracting and blows up when you move the mouse around. I asked my wife to look at it because I couldn’t believe I was the only one it drives nuts and she asked me why I hadn’t switched to Bing. She switched when they had the background debacle (and the fade-in mess). I have been able to disable this mess using the noscript plugin in firefox and taking google off the whitelist. And to remove the horrible fade-in that is also distracting, I… Read more »

Kale
Kale

Whoa, guys. It's just a logo. No need to be irate.

DJOlfin
DJOlfin

Robert Thompson, I take it you like Bing's search results better then too, right? No? Neither does anybody else. The only reason I've found for people having as their search engine is that it's the default in IE (more monopolistic behavior from our favorite Redmond-based overlord, surprisingly enough). If you want to be rid of all of the Google Doodles just set your default search page to the Advanced Search page on Google; doing this you get both decent search results along with a lack of Doodles (unless you go there on your own). http://www.google.com/advanced_search You also get more fields… Read more »

debrose
debrose

Totally love it!

It reminds me of a display in Bradley Airport, where you walk by a wall with projections of red umbrellas (advertising life insurance) and your shadow blows them away. I still don't know quite how they do it, but there seem to be two types of cameras – one projecting onto the wall, and one tracking you, as you pass by.

This Google doodle is even better because it is multi-colored and you can move things around on purpose.

colourgirl
colourgirl

At first I thought it was pretty cool but after a few seconds it started driving me crazy, because when I tried to click on it to find out what it meant, it just kept going all over the place!

But I'm generally a big fan of Google doodles. Loved the interactive buckyball one the other day, couldn't stop playing with it.

Fran Fig
Fran Fig

IT IS BRILLIANT! I had fun interacting with it! It looks great! I wish Google publishes full information on the design, intention and the creator. Congratulations Google !

Guest
Guest

Clever … but very, very distracting. Without an explanation of some kind, or a way to turn it off, I can easily see how it could become annoying.

HMMMMmmm
HMMMMmmm

very interesting….

pete
pete

very annoying

Brooks
Brooks

I'm with Annette, I find it annoying. What I like most about Google is the no-nonsense UI. The cutesy stuff is not working for me at all.

Kory Hoang
Kory Hoang

Looks like common colorblind tests to me.

Alec
Alec

The Google Doodle for the buckyball a couple of days ago (Saturday?) was also interactive. You could spin the buckyball in any direction, and it would continue spinning, gradually slowing down.

Whirlybirdie
Whirlybirdie

Very slick and playful doodle. Doesn't seem to have any real purpose and I can't find any explanation on the web. But hey, I admit to chasing the balls all over my (full screen) window for at least five minutes :p

Will be waiting for an official notification as to the meaning of the balls later today.

Rafael
Rafael

you seem very misinformed… flash is a slow and buggy, google would never put that on the homepage. the pacman doodle was developed purely with javascript and html5. so does this new one.

@digideth

I am pretty sure this interactive doodle was made for Google's BIG Search Event on Wednesday. I love it, I hope the do a new one every day.

Hmm interactive doodle, saw some interactive search result pages in a video about a week or so ago. I think this might confirm that video maybe? or am i grasping at nothing…

only time well tell.

digideth
digideth

I am pretty sure this interactive doodle was made for Google's BIG Search Event on Wednesday. I love it, I hope the do a new one every day.

Hmm interactive doodle, saw some interactive search result pages in a video about a week or so ago. I think this might confirm that video maybe? or am i grasping at nothing…

only time well tell.

Annette
Annette

I am finding it very annoying!

Matthew R. Lee
Matthew R. Lee

This doodle must have a name. Google ought to make a statement on this doodle later today. They can enjoy the amazing traffic they are getting for several more hours but if they don't say something it's going to drive people nuts.

joseph k
joseph k

What about the blue rectangle with the white dot?

android
android

HELL YES I DO

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

I was a little confused for a minute seeing as I couldn't click on it to find out what it was about. It is pretty cool though.

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