Ireland’s Winning Google Doodle
16 March 2012 13:01 | Posted by Luke
If you’ve visited the Google Ireland homepage today, you’ll have been greeted by the image above. Clare teenager Patrick Horan beat out 75 finalists to win the converted spot on the Irish homepage of the search giant, with the winning design announced on Monday.
Google Doodles have become more and more commonplace in recent years, commemorating historical events, movements or figures. The Doodle 4 Google competition gives artists the chance to have their talents displayed for the world to see, and Patrick has won the honour for the 2012 competition. His design will adorn the Google Ireland homepage until midnight tonight.
When asked about his inspiration for the Doodle, Patrick said ‘I thought about how most people make wishes and I thought about how they usually look to the stars to make them. My wish would be to turn back time, so I created my Doodle from there. I depicted cogs in the inside of a clock and had the hands turning backwards, going down through the centuries.’
His winning entry will join a long list of previous Google Doodles, which are all definitely worth a look. The prime real estate on the Google homepage where Google Doodles are hosted guarantee a large audience: An estimated 4.82 million hours of productivity were lost when a miniature version of Pac Man greeted Googlers in May 2010. The Les Paul Guitar Doodle had a similar effect, costing businesses 5.35 million hours.
Google now employs full-time artists for its Doodle team, one of whom, Sophia Foster-Dimino, travelled to Ireland to present Patrick with his award. Patrick, much like his fellow Doodlers, has expressed a desire to bring his Doodling skills to Google full-time in the future. We certainly hope he makes it. Our Web Design team are certainly jealous. Congratulations Patrick!