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Google’s frequent logo changes owe much to the whimsy of webmaster Dennis Hwang, 30, a former Stanford University student of studio art and computer science, who joined Google in college as an intern. His reimaginings of the Google logo to commemorate the Mars Rover landing, Monet’s birthday, and the 25th anniversary of TCP/IP, to name just a few, have reached a kind of cult status. ”I started doing this by chance during the early days of Google—now it takes up 10 to 20 percent of my time,” he says. ”People are more productive when their work really excites them.” With Hwang designing some 50 logos a year, Google is now building a team of artists to handle the demand.

Hwang is always looking for new ideas to celebrate innovation. Eâ¿¿mail logo suggestions to proposals@google.com, and visit past doodles at http://www.google.com/holidaylogos.html.

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