At Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, Google shows off new features and products. This year, the company demonstrated how its homepage animations work.
The search giant has used animations on its homepage for years, but never really explained how they work. This year, Google's Doodle team gave a behind-the-scenes look at how the company creates its popular homepage animations.
The Doodle team starts with a concept, which is then turned into a storyboard. From there, the team creates a prototype, which is used to test the animation. Once the animation is finalized, it is added to the Google homepage.
The animations are created using a variety of tools, including Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Google's own software.
The team also shared some of the challenges that come with creating homepage animations. For example, the animations have to be short enough that they don't interrupt users while they're trying to search.
The Doodle team shared some of the team's favorite animations, including the Doodle for Google's 19th birthday, which shows the search engine turning into a birthday cake.