Google Doodle for Latvian Independence

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Random fact of the day: it’s the 95th anniversary of the Latvian proclamation of independence. In celebration, there is a Google doodle on the Latvian search site:

Google Doodle

Google Doodle on Latvia’s 95th independence day.

I really like it. It looks based on Latvian folk art. (I can see similarities with Finnish folk art, especially those two circular designs in the middle. If I remember right, my grandmother had two spinning wheel parts* decorated in a very similar manner.) And the instrument looks related to the Finnish kantele. It’s also neat how the doodle subtly invokes the Latvian red-white-red flag. A great piece of graphic design, all in all.

Congratulations, Latvia!

*) The parts are called rukinlapa. I couldn’t find a good translation. Here’s a picture from the Museum of Central Finland with three rukinlapa. My grandmother’s were closest to the leftmost one, but less fancy.

rukinlavat

Spinning wheel parts from central Finland. Museum of Central Finland.

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