Laura Dawson

Just Google It: A Brief Look at the Many Faces of Google

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Google is having a birthday! And no, we’re not getting them a present because they forgot our birthday. But we can’t blame them too much, they are pretty busy running the biggest internet search engine in the world.

To celebrate their special day, Google are holding their very own Google Day, where they will doubtless trot out a totally special and amazing Google Doodle for us all to be awed by.

And to celebrate our alliance with Google (we’re a registered Google AdWords Partner), we wanted to commemorate some of the highlights of Google’s history, just to share more about the little search engine that could, which was registered way back on September 15, 1997.

Google’s popularity grew across the early 2000s when people started using the simple design, and the world quickly got hooked on the clean interface and smarter search algorithm.

 

Google in 2000

Take a look at how Google looked in the year 2000. This was the start of Google’s true popularity, and also the time in which we enjoyed new technology like the Motorola Razr flip phone, Baby G watches, MySpace, iPod classics and music from Destiny’s Child and Ashanti. It was a good time.

Google in Year 2000 Image Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20000620182036/http://google.com/

 

Google in 2001

Nothing much had changed for Google in their early years, except that they got rid of their jobs ads at the top and decided to focus on seaches in earnest.

Google in Year 2001

Image Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20011203193324/http://www.google.com:80/

 

Google in 2003

Well hey there, fancy Google! Look at your tabs. There were also two billion web pages up and running by the year 2003, which meant that either a whole lot of us were writing really angsty teenage blogs, or some seriously switched on dot-com peeps were getting amongst it.

Google in Year 2003

Image Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20030501170712/http://www2.google.com:80/

 

Google in 2011

Fast forward a few years now: Google dropped their revamped logo squarely into our laps, and we were… underwhelmed? By this time Google had really started to grow and take us to some amazing places, and their logo redesign – while subtle – was an exciting step for the company.

Google in Year 2011

Image Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20110701001237/http://www.google.com/

 

Google in 2014

Again with the logo designs? C’mon Google! We can’t keep up! Their logo design process has long been emulated by companies looking to streamline things, and when this design hit, we were delighted with the cleaner look.

Google in 2014

Image Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20140114235807/http://www.google.com/

 

Google 2017

Bringing us up to today’s design is the clean style and lettering of the Google that we know and love. Google doesn’t change often, and you’ll notice that the interface itself hasn’t changed a great deal since their inception almost 20 years ago. It’s this kind of familiarity that offers security for their many, many users.

Google in 2017

Image Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20170815000047/https://www.google.com/

We hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane.

Happy birthday Google!