Celebrating Raymond Loewy

google-doodleIf he would still be alive, industrial engineer Raymond Loewy would have celebrated his 120th birthday yesterday. Known as the “father of industrial design,” Google had one of his engines as their doodle yesterday.

Born in France (but not all that well-known there for his genius) in 1938, Loewy became a naturalized American citizen.  Thereafter he worked in America for the majority of his life and passed away in Monaco on July 14, 1986.

Loewy became famous from the products he designed for companies including New Man, Spar, Shell, Greyhound Bus and even the Coca-Cola bottle.  He was recognized throughout the world is a top designer and was even publicized in the front page of Time magazine (1949) and Spiegel magazine (1953).  A mere stroke of his pen resulted in his technical innovations.  In addition, Loewy participated in one of the 20th century’s great adventure – the space race – working with NASA to design the interior of both the Saturn I and Saturn V rockets.

Loewy was described by France Culture (radio station) as “the designer of the ‘American way of life’ in the 1940s.”  And indeed it became “impossible for an American not to be in contact with one or another of his creations at least once a day.”

The Biography of Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak Google DoodleYesterday’s Google Doodle has left people of all ages buzzing with memories of Maurice Sendak’s stories. The children’s author passed away last year, and would have just turned 85. His most famous and beloved work is Where the Wild Things Are, though he wrote over 50 books, including In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There. Later in his career he worked on the musical Really Rosie with Carole King as well.

Born in New York City, Sendak was a sickly child. He turned to drawing to pass the time, and, once he got to high school, began working at All-American Comics. He went on to work on window displays for F.A.O. Schwartz, one of the most famous toy stores in Brooklyn. In the late 1940s, Sendak met Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary children’s book editor, who helped him get his first position as a children’s books illustrator. His works include books by Ruth Krauss and Else Holmelund Minarik.

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Sendak wrote and illustrated his first book in 1956, titled Kenny’s Window. His 1963 Where the Wild Things Are won a Caldecott Medal and changed the world of children’s books, captivating the public with its imaginative journey of a boy in a dark, moody world of monsters. Sendak explained that the protagonist, a child named Max, acted like a real child as opposed to a light, happy, idealized version of youth.

“In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy,” Sendak said. “There’s a cruelty to childhood, there’s an anger. And I did not want to reduce Mac to the trite image of the good little boy that you find in too many books.”

Maurice Sendak passed away in a Danbury, Connecticut hospital in 2012 after suffering a stroke. His incredible contributions to children’s literature and unparalleled illustrations have left lasting impressions throughout numerous generations.

High School Teen Wins Google Doodle Competition

Google Doodle18-year-old Sabrina Brady was one of thousands to submit an entry in the ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest, and on Thursday, her drawing was displayed on the search engine’s home page. The doodle, entitled “Coming Home,” depicted Brady’s best day ever- the reunion with her father after an 18-month deployment in Iraq ten years ago.

Ryan Germick, leader of the Google Doodle team, said:

“Sabrina’s doodle stood out in the crowd. “Her creative use of the Google letters to illustrate this heartfelt moment clearly resonated with voters across the country and all of us at Google.”

The competition instructed participants to illustrate their “best day ever” and submit them to a panel of judges. Contestants ranged from kindergarten to 12th grade. Google received over 130,000 entries.

“It was very shocking… It’s crazy,” Sabrina said of her win.

She explained that most girls have their “daddy moment” at around ten years old. “I kind of lost him in the middle of mine. I missed him,” she said.

Sabrina’s drawing was displayed on Google’s home page last week. She also received a $30,000 college scholarship for college and a Chromebook computer. Her high school was also awarded a $50,000 technology grant.

Marie Curie on Google Doodle

Radioactive Curie

Marie Curie turned 144 yesterday.  Well, at least she would have done had she still been alive.  Google marked her life with a Google Doodle. A pioneering chemist and physicist of her time, Curie might not have lived the safest life since today, all of her papers and books are still radioactive even after a century has passed.  Indeed, anyone who wants to view her manuscripts has to wear special protective clothing and sign a waiver of liability ahead of time.  Although ahead of her time vis-à-vis chemistry and physics, she certainly didn’t have enough information on the dangers of radiation; it just wasn’t known back then and was what ultimately led to her death.

Nobel Prize Winner

Marie Curie won a Nobel Prize in physics in 1903 and another one in chemistry eight years later.  She was born in Poland as Marie Sklodowska and then moved to Paris where she married Pierre Curie.  It was she who increased information about radioactivity which also significantly advanced the use of X-Rays in surgery.  During the First World War, she pushed for mobile radiography units to assist the wounded.  Thus they were renamed Petites Curies (Little Curies).  She passed away in 1934 from an aplastic anemia which resulted from her many years of exposure to radioactive materials.

Sunday’s Google Doodle: Sundae


As Google-lovers know, the search engine sure does like to doodle and today, Sunday, its doodle represents the 119th anniversary of the first documented ice-cream sundae, which was allegedly first created on, April 3, 1892 in New York. It was Chester Platt and John M. Scott who were behind the yummy cream dessert. So Google used this anniversary today to develop the logo.

According to San Francisco resident Bill Richardson said that “it’s their [Google] way of competing with Bing’s daily eye candy.”
So what’s in an ice cream sundae? It’s a whole bunch of yummy sweet desserts, comprising ice cream (often in different flavors), delicious sauce, syrups and toppings, whipped cream and perhaps a cherry on top.