In the not-so-distant past I had the tremendous honor of catching up with Michael Lopez, Google’s Web Design Lead, by phone to ask him a few questions about designing the famous Google doodles. Michael is part of a small team of designers who are responsible for changing the Google logo into an exciting work of art on special occasions. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like working for Google, you’ll get a lot out of our conversation. Michael and his team spend their time brainstorming about upcoming doodles, oftentimes getting their ideas down by drawing or writing on a white board (I think people who regularly use white boards are just smarter… like me!) or even a scrap of paper. What you find below is a transcript of our phone conversation.
This interview was actually originally published on my now-defunt blog Freelance Review, but it was too good to go to waste so I’m resurrecting it here for you to enjoy. Looking back I have to say it was a bit disconcerting having a member of Google’s PR team listening in, but I think it turned out great in the end.
What’s your design background and how did you originally get started with design?
Well I was always an artist. When I was really little, as far as I can remember, I was drawing ...