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Dennis Hwang, Google Logo Designer
Here is who's behind the brilliant Google Logo creations for
all sorts of celebration days and fun events around the globe.
Ever seen one of Google's varying holiday logos that reflect the
corporate brand and yet puts a creative spin to their logo art? Ever
wondered who is behind all those creative ideas and thus kicked off a
global movement that we here at
like to call: logoogling?
Korea Herald covered Dennis Hwang, the long time Google graphic
artist, we would like to present parts of the interview and link you
directly to that source:
Computer artist doodles oodles of 'Google's
More than 150 million Web surfers around the globe celebrated Korean
Independence Day Aug. 15, 2001. Well, at least for a few moments while
they were visiting the popular Internet search engine Google. That day,
the Korean national flag and several roses of Sharon, the Korean national
flower, adorned the familiar "Google" logo on the homepage of the Web
Just another day's work for Dennis Hwang (Hwang Jung-moak), a
23-year-old Korean computer artist in the United States, who has been
drawing the face of Google for almost two years, creating a buzz of sorts
with his simple yet witty designs.
With its seemingly magical ability to produce the most relevant search
results, Google is already an established destination for the Internet
savvy. Recently, Hwang's creative logos have been expressing the playful
heart of Google behind the impressive technology.
For Piet Mondrian's birthday, Hwang transformed the "Google" logo to
emulate the artist's signature style of utilizing colorful blocks. Claude
Monet's birthday saw the logo turned into a dreamy watercolor, complete
with floating lily pads.
Hwang recently spoke with The Korea Herald to give his take on the
artistic side of the popular Internet search engine.
The Korea Herald: How long did you live in Korea as a child? What
was it like?
Dennis Hwang: I was born in Knoxville, Tenn., but moved to Korea
when I was about five years old. My hometown was Gwacheon where I had a
very normal childhood. I went through public schools like everyone else,
spending six years at Gwacheon Elementary School and two years at Munwon
Middle School. Actually, much of my ideas and style stem from the time I
spent during my childhood in Korea. Whatever challenges the logos bring, I
can often rely on the little doodles that I used to do in school when I
was young. Something that used to be frowned upon turned out to be my
Herald: When did you move back to the United States?
Hwang: I came back in 1992 when my father received a Fulbright Scholarship
to research in the United States.
Herald: What was it like going to an American school all of a sudden?
Hwang: I was placed in a public middle school but was completely
unprepared for it. I didn't speak a word of English. For the first six
months, I couldn't communicate with the teachers or students. With the
help of ESL programs though, I got better. My father returned to Korea,
but my brother and I decided to continue our education in the States. My
parents have made unimaginable sacrifices for us over the last 10 years,
and I wouldn't be this successful without their support.
Herald: What was the first logo you designed for Google?
Hwang: Google had been using outside contractors to do the earlier logos,
so the first project I got was modifying the Fourth of July logo in 2000.
The two founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, wanted something more fun,
so I redrew parts of the image. The next logo was for Bastille Day, which
is the first logo I did from scratch.
Herald: Which letters are your favorite targets for manipulation?
Hwang: Understandably, the "O" and the "L" are the easiest to deal with.
The "O" has become a Halloween pumpkin, a Nobel Prize medal, the Korean
flag symbol and the planet earth. The "L" has been used as a flagpole, the
Olympic flame cauldron or a snow ski. The first "G" is the most difficult
to deal with, and I don't think the "E" has gotten much action because of
Herald: How did you come to do the Korean Independence Day logo?
Hwang: Google makes a big effort to recognize holidays that aren't
necessarily mainstream. The Korean Independence Day logo was seen globally
by tens of millions of people. Numerous Korean-Americans wrote to thank us
on Aug. 15 last year. Many expressed how proud it made them to see the
Herald: Do you have plans for other Korea-related logos in the future?
Hwang: I'll definitely to a special logo for Korea hosting the World Cup.
Herald: You're only 23 years old. What are your future plans?
Hwang: Who knows? It's very important to me that I can work both
technically and artistically. Google is a perfect place to do that. It
allows me to have a programming job while letting me express myself
artistically, with the added bonus of having my work be seen by tens of
millions of people in a single day.
Herald: What is your favorite letter among the ones found in the word
Hwang: I've stared at the logo for so long and so often. I love them all
By Kim Jin Staff reporter,
source: Korea Herald
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