Boldly going where no logo has gone before, today’s Google Homepage features an interactive, playable logo for Star Trek’s 46th anniversary. The homage to Star Trek includes a hidden Easter egg, the bridge, the transporter room, and will even send you to the planet below for a bit of combat from a classic episode.
Star Trek has always been an important part of Google culture. Ryan Germick, Google’s chief doodler, said, “It has something iconic culturally, it’s smart, it’s fun and it had a progressive message with all of its diversity. And it is a wonderland for nerder-y and geekdom, which is something we revel in at Google.”
Over the years, Google has commemorated Star Trek in many different ways, including, believe it or not, the ability to do a Google search in Klingon. Among the other interesting Star Trek items from Google was their employment booth at the 2006 Star Trek Convention, built to resemble the bridge of the U.S.S Enterprise. (We don’t know for sure if Google refers to their new hires as Red Shirts, but we hope they don’t, since Star Trek Red Shirts never survive an entire episode.) And of course, there was the ‘Star Date Ticker For Trekkers,’ back in the days when Goggle still had a desktop.
The 46th anniversary logo is a pleasure to behold, and a pleasure to explore. When asked about the work that went into the design of the Google Star Trek logo, Ryan Germick had this to say:
“Star Trek is smart, entertaining, and has an unforgettable style – and it can also be really funny. We tried to stay true to all these qualities that have made generations love the show, while doubling down on the inherently silly nature of the crew gallivanting around as anthropomorphized Google letters.”
“It’s a big team effort. Myself and two other artists worked on this, as well as four engineers. And that doesn’t count folks who helped with sound effects, translations and other support. CBS was great letting us run with the concept. Very cool partners.”
“Well, the entire doodle is basically an Easter egg. You’re not going to get any spoilers out of me, but one thing I will say: no red shirts were harmed in the making of this doodle. Well, maybe harmed a little, but it could’ve been worse!”
We don’t want to ruin the fun of exploring the Google Star Trek Logo for our readers, so only watch the video if you don’t care about spoilers or if you are have given up in frustration after spending hours looking for that very special Easter egg.
We must salute Ryan Germick, and his entire team on a job well done. Goggle has created a wonderful tribute to one of the truly iconic shows in the history of television. We would like to ask all the Trekkies out there if they are enjoying the 46th anniversary Star Trek logo? Now, if someone would only tell us where to find that last hidden Easter egg, before we go stark, screaming mad.