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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Google Doodle Pays Tribute To Alexander Calder

Google honors American artist Alexander Calder with a doodle that is made entirely in HTML5. Jered Wierzbicki was the software engineer who coded the doodle and said that he was inspired when he saw the artist’s exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Calder made art works out of ordinary materials like wire and scraps of sheet metal. HE molded them into forms and let motion and spaces do the rest. The engineer said that this abstractions struck him the most about Calder’s works.

The Alexander Calder doodle is the first one that was done with HTML5 canvas, which is a feature that lets dynamic rendering of two-dimension bitmaps. It simulates the physics on the mobile’s geometry and renders it in real-time 3D with vector graphics.

This is possible with the recent advancements in browser technology. The doodle works with accelerometers and shows the full capabilities of HTML5, which is slowly being unlocked. The dynamic doodle is good but not as addictive as the Gibson and Pac-Man doodles.

The doodle shows the rendering possibilities of HTML5 and this is a big blow to Flash. Google search is one of the most visited sites on the internet and the doodle will expose users to the HTML5 rendering. Apple has always been against Flash and now Google is using its replacement on its site, it looks like the end is near for Adobe’s software.

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