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:
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.
*) 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.