A Googler Doodler's Job: 250 Hours, 1 Holiday Card

Need further proof that one man's doodle is not just another man's doodle? Log onto Google today, and there it is: the most highly anticipated Doodle of them all, the Google holiday card, which launched at 9:00am ET Thursday and will stay up on the search engine's home page through Christmas Day.

Need further proof that one man’s doodle is not just another man’s doodle? Log onto Google today, and there it is: the most highly anticipated Doodle of them all, the Google holiday card, which launched at 9:00am ET Thursday and will stay up on the search engine’s home page through Christmas Day.

Google’s “doodles,” or illustrations that adorn the search engine’s logo, have become a trademark of the company, marking everything from holidays to pop-culture milestones, most recently what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday in October.

But this holiday season, Chief Doodler Michael Lopez, yes, that’s on his business card, upped the ante on the design, creating the first video doodle, videogame doodle and hologram doodle.

The holiday doodle features a representation of the Google logo through 17 interactive portraits, each designed to look like framed paintings that depict scenes of peace, joy and beauty around the world. The small pictures expand when you scan over them, while clicking each frame links to a Google page explaining that particular scene.

Lopez and his team of four artists began working on the project in July, estimating they spent about 250 hours in total to create the images that celebrate the themes of food, dance, architecture, and textiles

“We want to end the year with a bang,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

The doodle was originally intended to be displayed slowly, in three installments leading up to a Christmas Day grand finale. But, as the deadline neared, Google executives began to worry that people not logged in on Christmas Day would miss out.

Instead, the last-minute decision was made to put the images up at once, in their entirety, leading Lopez and his team on a frantic finish to the end.

Left unsaid is what Lopez and his team have planned for New Year’s Day 2011, and on into the New Year.

Now we know, however, the one man in all of Googleplex always forgiven for scribbling on a yellow legal pad.

Tell us, what was your favorite Google doodle of 2010?