Ryan Germick leads the Google Doodle Team. This is his ol' portfolio website.
The third of five children, Ryan Germick (Grrr as in tiger,
in Jagger), was born and raised part a creative family in the rural suburbs of Northwest
Following the glory days as his high
school senior class president, Ryan headed to New York City to study illustration and creative
writing at Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College.
For the first two years of college Ryan worked weekends at the front desk of the Mercer Hotel, quizzically observing
celebrity culture. Ryan also served throughout his higher education as a killjoy RA, busting parties
lawless Manhattan dorm.
After two semesters of apprenticing sign painters and learning remedial Tamil in South India (part of which is chronicled in his first website),
returned to NYC and interned for PBS
as well as animation/interactive studio Funny
Since graduating from said schools with honors in 2003, Ryan has completed design, illustration,
multimedia projects for folks like Ze Frank, Salon, Sony Music, HBO Family,
Comedy Central, and Cartoon Network, as well as many non-profits, schools, musicians, and
Ryan has also taught the finer points of comics, design, and animation at 826NYC, Parsons School of Design, Citizen Schools, and several art workshops in India.
In 2006 Ryan began working as full-time designer/illustrator for Google, where he co-designed the Street View Pegman and Gmail's emoticons.
He now leads the Google Doodle team, and was the driving creative force behind the Pac-Man, Sesame Street, Charlie Chaplin, Les Paul doodles, Robert Moog, Star Trek, and 2012 London Olympics doodles among many dozen others.
American Profile Magazine Cover Story
BBC: Google’s doodles: Who's behind them?
BuzzFeed: Pegman: Google's Weird Art Project Hidden In Plain Sight
CBC: As It Happens: Mr. Dressup
CBS Sunday Morning: The Art Behind Google Doodles
CBS News: Pac Man Turns 30: Meet Gurus Behind Insert Coin
Chicago Tribune: Drawing insight into Google's Doodles
CNBC Power Lunch: Coolest Google Doodle!
CNN: Google's changing doodles
CNN: Charlie Chaplin Gets a Birthday 'Doodle' from Google
CNET: At Google, Doodling is Real Work
CNET: Google's New Doodle Eclipses Everything
CNET: Google Gets Pac-Man Fever
Discovery Eduction: Doodle4Google Virtual Field Trip
Entertainment Weekly: New Google Doodle celebrates 'Star Trek'
The Hindu: Googly Doodler
Hollywood Reporter: Google Doodle Boldly Goes 'Where No Man Has Gone Before'
Huffington Post: On Google Doodles' 14th Anniversary, A Look At How They're Made
Mashable: Google’s Moog Doodle: The Inside Story
New York Times: Google Doodle Honors Jim Henson and Friendly Monsters
Rolling Stone: The Story Behind Google's Interactive Les Paul Guitar Logo
Rolling Stone: Google Doodle Synthesizer Pays Tribute to Bob Moog
StarTrek.com: Celebrating 46 Years with a Google Doodle
Time Magazine: Doodle Dandy
USA Today: Google Doodle pays homage to 'Star Trek'
Voice of America: Google 'Doodles' Reflect Company's Culture of Innovation
Wall Street Journal: The Story Behind Google's Animated Chaplin Doodle
Ryan Germick's frog won 3rd Place in the 1983 Lake County Fair
Frog Jumping Contest.