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Colours in Google’s logo are based on colours of Lego bricks!

Google's logo colors come from Lego?

For years, Google have used the same (or very similar) colors in their logo. Their very first one aside, the company logo has always had letters in four colors – blue, red, yellow and green; the first two occur twice in the logo.

This is the story (probably apocryphal) of the Google logo colors

Google search engine had it’s humble beginnings at the Stanford Computer Science Department. For his research project, Larry Page had decided to create an web search engine because he thought the present ones sucked.

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He came up with the idea of giving weightage to web pages based on the number and quality of inbound links – other pages, especially those from other web sites, linking to the page in question. The project was named “BackRub” (the original name of the Google search engine?) and the ranking algorithm he devised was named PageRank™.

In order to test the PageRank™ algorithm, Larry needed a good amount computing power and storage space. He picked up ten 4 GB hard drives and stacked them inside a rack made of Lego bricks. So, Google, my friends, began on a pack of 10 hard drives totalling 40 GB.

Many believe that the primary and playful colors in the Google logo have been inspired by the colors of Lego bricks used for the hard disk cabinet. Actually, on closer examination, one realises that the building blocks used for the rack are not Lego™ but of another brand.

The storage cabinet is at permanent display in the Octagon of the new Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center.

Visit the The Original GOOGLE Computer Storage page to know more.

FYI, the name of the world’s most popular search engine was inspired by the word googol which means a very large number – 1 followed a hundred zeroes, to be precise. It was coined by Milton Sirotta, the 9-year old nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner.

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin were hunting a domain name for their company, they found Google.com available and quickly registered it. The rest, as they say, is history.

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  • Barbera Holand on June 15th, 2016 2:30 pm

    Yes, you are right. They aren’t Lego brick. Look like Mega Bloks or another brand.
    great to know these facts, nonetheless.

  • Dylan on June 15th, 2016 2:40 pm

    just struck me… isn’t it strange that Larry “Page” named his algorithm “Page Rank”? Isn’t it nominative determinism?

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