Google Doodles are always a nice bit of fun and today the company is looking back over its artwork and invention with a selection of Doodles from 2012. That’s a great excuse for us to recap a year of Doodles, I think you’ll agree.

Google’s New Year’s Eve Doodle — which is live in the UK, Asia and other countries, at time of writing — links through to a selection of others from across the year based on which part of it that you click – cool huh?!

The more interactive efforts from this year — such as the Doodles made for Halloween and the Brothers Grimm — have detailed explanations and play in full on the Google Doodle page, which is well worth looking at here. We’ve also linked each of our picks to its page so you can easily get more details.


The end of the Mayan 13th Baktun — December 21

Lantern Festival — February 6 (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

200th Anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales — December 20

Doodle 4 Google 2012 – India Winner — November 14

Veterans Day 2012 — November 11 (US)

Bram Stoker’s 165th Birthday — November 8

Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday — February 7

Thanksgiving 2012  — November 22 (US)

Day of the Dead 2012  — November 2 (Mexico)

Halloween — October 31

Chinese New Year — January 23

80th Birthday The Sydney Harbour Bridge  — March 19 (Australia)

BONUS: Here are two from this year that we absolutely loved…

Tomorrow’s Google homepage is an epic playable tribute to the Moog synthesizer

Google produced this very cool playable Doodle tribute to Robert Moog, considered by many to be the father of the modern synthesizer, on his 78th birthday on May 22.

Today, you can literally unzip Google’s front page

Here’s what Google made for April 24 to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Gideon Sundback, the Swedish-American electrical engineer who invented the zip.

Also read:

– Google launches its 2012 ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest, this time each US state has a winner

– If you’re a fan of Draw Something then you’ll love the social network

Headline image via Danny Sullivan / Flickr