Google celebrates Johannes Gutenberg with a Doodle. I am a big fan. Anyone who likes reading should be. I love books and I love printmaking, so I like Johannes a lot. Learn more about movable type and his creation of the printing press by following the links. His invention was revolutionary, helping the common people become literate and allowing the free flow of ideas.
This Google Doodle is by artist Arron Croasdell, based in Dublin, and honors that beloved Irish holiday celebrated worldwide: St. Patrick’s Day.
“Being an Irish designer, it’s so nice to
represent our national holiday on a global scale.”
The artwork features symbols that represent Ireland’s geography, architecture, and history. The first icon signifies the country’s verdant mountains, forests, and lighthouses. The imagery in the first “o” is a nod to the hands and heart of the legendary Claddagh ring, a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. The second “o” incorporates a vase holding Irish wildflowers — spring squill and crocuses — and a three-leafed clover, an emblem of Ireland that represents faith, hope, and love.
“I want people to know
that Ireland is more than just
the stereotypes. It has a vibrant
culture and landscape, as well as
a thriving design and illustration scene.”
A depiction of the numerous rivers that run through many Irish towns and cities replaces the “g” as the “l” stands for Ireland’s woodlands, many of which are being restored thanks to reforestation efforts. Finally, the “e” is replaced by a Celtic knot, a symbol of hope in the infinite interconnectedness of humanity.
One of my ancestors was born on March 17ᵗʰ in 1764, somewhere in Ireland, so the holiday has a double meaning for me, a special significance. He came to America with his wife and two children in 1790.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Éirinn go Brách!