Tradition Meets Tech: A St. Patrick's Day Google Doodle Story

March 18, 2012

Tradition Meets Tech: A St. Patrick's Day Google Doodle Story

Over the years, Google has stepped up their game in the Google Doodles department. Originally a festive—if not slightly gimmicky logo replacement, the Doodles were just that—doodles. Some of the earliest examples seemed to fall victim to clip art and paint edits, but that's all in the past. Now we look forward to seeing what artistic creation Google will dream up next for their much-less-literal logo hybrids. Sometimes we're surprised by animation, other times it's a cheerful or artistic change that brings novelty or joy to a predictable experience.

This year, Doodle artist Jennifer Hom wanted to get past the shamrocks and cliched symbolism often associated with St. Patrick's day (read: gold, leprechauns, rainbows, default celtic knots, green, etc.). For inspiration, she took a leaf from the “Book of Kells,” a highly revered collection of manuscripts created by medieval Celtic monks. The book—a national treasure residing in Dublin—contains illuminations on the gospels, but also includes lush intricate calligraphy and Christian iconography, ornamentation and symbolism.

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She pulled from the book both directly and indirectly, and you can see how she succeeded in melding tradition with a modern touch—echoing the nature of the holiday and celebration today.

Some detail shots:
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Some other hand-picked posts you might enjoy on our Design Blog:

An Infographic: Because it's St. Patrick's Day
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The To Resolve Project: Digital Wallpapers for New Years Success

Via Washington Post: Comic Riffs

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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