On the 200th birth anniversary of Charles Dickens’s, Google created a special doodle to celebrate the life and work of one of the world’s greatest storytellers. The Dickens’ doodle characters speak to the author’s impact, the way Dickens himself used them to speak his messages to the world. They’re familiar, warm, and tell their sometimes harsh stories in a way that makes us want to take notice and enjoy. He uses them to successfully capture what made Dickens’ great: characters that are real to us.
“Charles John Huffam Dickens (February 7, 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters.”
The Dickens’ doodle is create by Mike Dutton, who prior to working at Google, was a freelance artist, and illustrated several children’s books, including Donovan’s Big Day. He has worked on countless doodles, some honoring other authors like Richard Scarry, and others celebrating events like the Royal Wedding and the World Cup. His favorite doodles to work on (so far!) were Mary Blair’s 100th birthday and Antoine de Saint-Exup