Google Doodle Trees

May 26, 2009 at 12:28 pm 4 comments

In her book, Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connection to Trees, Nalini Nadkarni dedicates an entire chapter to “Symbols and Signs”. A small part of that chapter discusses business logos. A few years ago, one of Nadkarni’s students, Jade Leone Blackwater, collected and analyzed tree-related logos. Within only a few days she found over 200 logos. Trees, it turns out, are common in corporate branding.

Last week, Google unveiled their Doodle 4 Google Winners. School children were asked to sketch a Google Logo representing “What I Wish For the World”. Just like professionally designed logos, trees make frequent appearances. Out of this year’s 400 State Finalists, 90 artists, including this year’s winner Christin Engelberth, incorporated a tree into their design.

Nadkarni and Blackwater spotted trends in the tree-related logos they looked at. Some of those same themes can be seen in the Doodle 4 Google entries. Many of the young artists used trees to support messages of sustainability, taking care of the environment, green living and recycling. Sometimes a tree was used to identify a place, such as a beach in paradise or an African Savannah. But most telling are the remaining entries. They used trees to convey a myriad of messages– Love, Safety, Friendship, Peace, Happiness, Fun, Hope, Completion, Longevity, Harmony.


Let the War Leaf
Elijah Griffin


One Happy World
Jessica Hsueh


Gavins Google Respect & Renewal
Gavin Raitt Hughes


Happy World
Aravind Arunachalam


Untitled
Grace Para


Beautiful Land
Kelly Majid


Keep Our Animals Alive
Claire Yuka Bellas


Love Peace Harmony Joy & Happiness
Eshia Rustagi


Treat The Environment Better
Maredeth Steever


Simple Life
Ally Grimes


Creation
Sarah Cook


A World Full Of Pets
Alaina Beaver


I Wish For Love
Brooklynn Leary


I Wish For Safety
Kennedy Zufelt


Untitled
Natasha Marko


Its Good To Be Green
Dakota Brooke Young


Recycling Doodle
Steven Leal


Keep The Earth Clean
Evelyn Larson


Care For The Flowers
Elyse Larson


Recycle For Beautiful Green World
Harshitha Kosaraju


Go Green With Google
Conor Kiely


Helping The World
Galila Lingo


Go Green Recycle
Angeline Faieq


Recycle For The Future
Alyssa Ruehlow


For World Friendship
Elizabeth Boulet


Peace:GR8-4-EARTH
Taylor Hope Mcgraw


Help The World Be Green
Sabah K Islam


I Want The World
Gabrielle Smith


Feed Our Animals
Nicole M Dowling


The Better World
Carli Marie Lynch


A Green Peaceful World
Annie Tsai


Peace Love Hapiness
Jessica Sandler


Conserving Nature
Ashton Brashier


Go Green
Nick Amann


Peaceful World
Logan Stephens


Conserve The Earth
Carlos Lopez


Purple Pants?
Loey Gregory Wiley


Caring Does Matter
Jocelyn K Lee


Endangered Species Matter
Courtney Bodine


Wishes For Peace
Abbigail Barber


Happiness For All
Marissa Schuldheisz


Cleaning Up The World
Adam Cowell


Going Green
Sherry Lambert


Always Having What You Need
Hayden Furman


A New Beginning
Christin Engelberth


Sun And Fun
Austen Westenskow


Electric Tree
Abigail Pearl


Saving More Endangered Species
Arizza Santos


Cleansing The World
Ryan Gielow


Possibilities
Katherine Seeman


Beauty And Peace
Ines Slomic


Untitled
Haley Pontius


Save The Planet
Tiffany Patmon


Unite The World
Ally Weaver


Hope
Camille Saadia Hancock


Live Life
Anna Kapton


Put Things In Perspective
Bridget Johnston


Going Green
Cally Nielsen


Save The Rainforests
Kathleen Stanford


Untitled
Autumn Ibach


Google Green
Sarah Cozzens


World Happiness
Celeste Herrera


Peace And Happiness
Angelica-Eeva Melissa Digiulio


Ideal World
Sarah Mcnaughton


A Day In Paradise
Callie Roberts


Our Common Home
Kathleen Hazleton


Beauty Of Our Envinronment
Abigail I Ray


An Original World
Janae Mehlhaff


Be Seen Being Green
Jadon Mann


Fading Away
Victoria Wolf


Things That Can Change
Yedi Han


Google For Green
Camille Ohman


How The World Can Connect
Lydia Stevens


United We Stand
Amy Muser


If Everyone Lends A Hand…
Charlotte Markle


Peace For The World
Kelsey Carpenter


What A Wonderful World
Josh Voshell


A Wish For Vitual Reality
Natasha Gemine


Change For The World
Keolamaikalani Ahina


Outside Technology Clear Your Mind
Kelsey Driscoll


The Elements Of Completion
Alexandra Olivier


Facing Humanity
Britteny Hudson


Power Plant
Kyle Butterhof


Untitled
Amanda Kehoe


I Wish
Meaghan Parker


A Peace And Love World
Joseph Park


Google Doodle
Jose Alexander Vazquez


Long Lasting World
Jamayra Ortiz


Google Go Green
Jourdan Stallknecht


Beautiful Harmony
Stephanie Georgeson

P.S. If we counted tree-related products such as fruit and leaves, the tally would be even higher!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anne  |  May 26, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I like “For World Friendship”

    Reply
  • 2. ideonexus  |  May 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I enjoyed sitting next to you while you were sorting through every single logo Google had online:

    Vicky: Is that a tree?

    Me: Maybe.

    Vicky: How about that one?

    Me: Uhhhh…?

    It’s amazing how many you found. : )

    Reply
  • […] Vicky was searching through children’s variations on the Google logo for her Google Doodle Trees post, one logo caught my eye. It was a wish to “Bring back the dinosaurs.” I know the […]

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  • 4. Loey  |  March 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I was one of those! The “Purple Pants?” one. Except that wasn’t my drawing… they put up the wrong picture, or the wrong name. I did one about music and arts, that was fifth grade…

    Reply

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