Google Martha Graham Dance Logo

May 11, 2011 • 7:38 am | comments (101) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

Google Martha Graham Dance LogoGoogle has a special logo for the 117th birthday of the late Martha Graham. The logo is a very elegant dance logo, which slowly and elegantly forms the Google logo through dance motions. You can find a static version of the logo in this story and I also captured the animated version and posted the video below.

Martha Graham is known by many as mother of modern dance. She is credited for forming a new dance style and was the first dancer ever to perform at The White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

She was born today on May 11, 1894 in Pennsylvania and died at the age of 96 on April 1, 1991 in New York City.

Here is a video of the logo in action:

Here is a larger static version of this logo:

Google Martha Graham Dance Logo

Finally, there are some complaints about the logo. Mostly being that it slows down people's computers due to the animation.

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05/11/2011 11:58 am

I think is fantastic!


05/11/2011 11:58 am

you spelled do wrong. it's due**

Barry Schwartz

05/11/2011 11:59 am

opps. fixed.


05/11/2011 11:59 am

Wonderful Martha! She's my American idol!


05/11/2011 12:01 pm

The logo is AWESOME... stop complaining!!!


05/11/2011 12:02 pm

If it slows down your computer, get a new computer.


05/11/2011 12:02 pm

You might want to proof-read your article before posting it... "You can SEE a static version of the logo in this story " "it slows down people's computerS DUE to the animation." Just sayin'....


05/11/2011 12:05 pm

This is my favorite Google name presentation of all time. You amazingly nailed her style. Big Cheers to you on this one!

Barry Schwartz

05/11/2011 12:06 pm

It was fixed 60 seconds after I posted it. Sorry.

Www Candace 418

05/11/2011 12:07 pm

yeah stop complaining booger! that logo is so awesome!!!!!!


05/11/2011 12:08 pm

Maybe we all need slowing down in memory of this incredible artist!

Www Candace418

05/11/2011 12:09 pm

stop complaining!!


05/11/2011 12:10 pm

i like it alot. the animated versions on google are better than the stand stills.


05/11/2011 12:11 pm

love it


05/11/2011 12:11 pm

Very Nice Logo! Enjoyed it Tremendously! Well Done!


05/11/2011 12:12 pm

Awe...some! Love to see what every day holds from you guys. Keep up the outdtanding work! It is appreciated!


05/11/2011 12:13 pm

Love it!! You guys rock! To the people complaining about spelling error: Get over it! So how are your computer programing skills?? Everyone has different strengths.


05/11/2011 12:14 pm

HAAAAAA!!! Looks like she’s CRUNKING in slow motion

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05/11/2011 12:14 pm

I read her history because of Google. This is the best animated logo ever from Google.

John Lewis Sales

05/11/2011 12:16 pm

awesome logo n i don't observe any slowing down of computer


05/11/2011 12:16 pm

I thought it was beautiful an unforgettable. Definitely one of my top favorites for Google Logos.


05/11/2011 12:17 pm

I looks like you are still missing the word "see" and the "s" on "computers".


05/11/2011 12:17 pm

Great animation! Love Google Logos!


05/11/2011 12:18 pm



05/11/2011 12:18 pm

the 'G' looks like she is 'droppin' it down low' but nevertheless, probably the best Google Logo yet.


05/11/2011 12:18 pm

I've never commented about your starting page before but I had to on this one. Simply amazing!

Danny Kurdi

05/11/2011 12:19 pm

What does it mean when she took out the Veil?


05/11/2011 12:19 pm

Wonderful, graceful logo. Good going!


05/11/2011 12:19 pm

Not only does the logo depict the dance, but I see the evolution of freedom as well.

Lisa Connell

05/11/2011 12:19 pm

I think it's an Amazing Doodle for Google! I love all of them and I look forward to each day to see what's new!


05/11/2011 12:20 pm

I love it!!


05/11/2011 12:21 pm

It is wonderful to see the dance world getting such lovely attention. Well done, elegant, and exciting to watch. Thank you!


05/11/2011 12:21 pm

I love it that you guys take something from history wheter it be inportant or not and make it the animation for the website that is amazing keep up the great work you guys


05/11/2011 12:22 pm

I love Google logos. I've been saving them for the past five years. This one deserves a standing ovation. As an there a way to save the animation?


05/11/2011 12:23 pm

Great animation.

Joseph Pascale

05/11/2011 12:23 pm

I Hate this show.


05/11/2011 12:23 pm

Im not gay, but just looking at the dance animation cause me to tear up. Its extremly beautiful awesome job google

Danira Beckmann

05/11/2011 12:24 pm

I thought your logo for this amazing dancer is very elegant, thoughtful and beautiful. Great job Google!


05/11/2011 12:24 pm

This is the best logo!! I absolutely love it!!

cola gecko

05/11/2011 12:25 pm

sure ur not gay?


05/11/2011 12:25 pm

Once again another awesome Doodle.


05/11/2011 12:25 pm

It was definitely one of those animations that caused me to reload Google a few times. The art is spectacular and the animation is magical!


05/11/2011 12:26 pm

I saw today's animation and had to show my wife... She quickly asked "is it Martha Graham's Birthday or something?", to which I replied "Who's Martha Graham?"... I guess when it's Roger Staubach's birthday, I'll get the animation first...


05/11/2011 12:28 pm

love it

Darci Lenhard

05/11/2011 12:30 pm

I am always amazed and delighted by the creative ability of everyone at Google - we love you! Keep it up!


05/11/2011 12:30 pm

I love it. Open google is one surprise every day, the dance Martha Graham is amazing.


05/11/2011 12:31 pm

Excellent. I wondered what that was

Claudea Belcher

05/11/2011 12:31 pm

This is a beautiful animation. I was in Aw! Nice Logo Google.


05/11/2011 12:32 pm

Well, for what i was told by my father men dont cry nor get emotional we are suppose to be strong and direct. Just hope he dont see this reply from me lol. But, i have to comment on google awesome Martha Graham animation.


05/11/2011 12:32 pm

It's best Google logo i've seen..

Lorrie Tabar

05/11/2011 12:34 pm

Google always does a fantastic job with its date/event reference logos...but this one for Martha Graham's birthday is phenomenal. Thank you, Google, for continuing to remind us how many things we have to remember and celebrate together.

Barry Schwartz

05/11/2011 12:34 pm

FYI, @ryanwoodwardart:twitter designed this logo. Check out his Twitter over at!/ryanwoodwardart/status/68164482739871744


05/11/2011 12:35 pm

Luv it!

Jermaine Brown

05/11/2011 12:35 pm

I thought this was ABSOLUTELY freaking amazing. I mean it actually almost made me tear up, and she was an artist whom I definitely had great admiration for.


05/11/2011 12:36 pm

I love this logo and think that it is so representative of the artist!


05/11/2011 12:36 pm

This is SO cool!!


05/11/2011 12:37 pm

why even change the original logo in the first place? half the time you cant see that it even says google.


05/11/2011 12:38 pm

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL... as soon as it completed, i knew it had to be Martha Graham - related... i've watched it again and again..


05/11/2011 12:39 pm

Martha Graham is and was truly inspiring in the modern dance world. I'm so happy to see you celebrate her with this beautiful expression!


05/11/2011 12:39 pm

oh sure your not gay. gay all the way.


05/11/2011 12:41 pm

Thank you for remembering Ms. Graham. People should have their computer slow down to remind them that there is more to life than speed!

Rico Rico

05/11/2011 12:41 pm

Gracefully googified!!


05/11/2011 12:44 pm

google. your artistry blows my mind. kudos to you and all of your teammates and i look forward to our future.


05/11/2011 12:44 pm

I love the daily surprise - miss it when we get a "standard" logo. This one is beautiful!


05/11/2011 12:48 pm

Hey guess what? Changing google's logo has people talking! A wonderful way to get people talking about Google! I dont know this person but I thought she was 117years old till i came to this page. Guess you caught me... I clicked on the logo! LMFAO!!! To the people at google.... keep up the awesome work! Learn as we go! something new every day!


05/11/2011 12:48 pm

First paragraph. Third sentence. A word is missing. "You can a static version . . . "


05/11/2011 12:50 pm

Another awesome art work from Google! I love it!


05/11/2011 12:50 pm

I agree with Kat's Post always love to click and find out the new logo's meaning,


05/11/2011 12:51 pm

Great adaptation of the Barbara Morgan dance photographs that immortalized Martha Graham in the 1941 book MARTHA GRAHAM 16 Dances in Photographs.


05/11/2011 12:51 pm

that is so cool

notToday I wont

05/11/2011 12:51 pm

AWESOME!! do this everyday to celebrate the talents in the world~

A. Spikes

05/11/2011 12:52 pm

The logo is beautiful. If they don't like it...let the use bing. I too look forward to the daily surprise!


05/11/2011 12:54 pm

He's a bottom.

M.Scott Drummond

05/11/2011 12:55 pm



05/11/2011 12:56 pm

Love the logo. Its the most creative one I've ever seen.


05/11/2011 12:56 pm

I like seeing the animated Google logos, thanks!


05/11/2011 12:56 pm



05/11/2011 12:57 pm

Can't wait until my 5 year old granddaughter sees it. She loves dance and Google logos. She especially loved Earth Day. Thought it was a game she could play.

Tara Shaw

05/11/2011 12:59 pm

Great idea! I love the art of dance, and the Google Martha Graham logo brought a smile to my face!


05/11/2011 12:59 pm

but you know it's Google.

elly beth

05/11/2011 01:00 pm

love, love, LOVE this one!

Marie Arnold

05/11/2011 01:00 pm

I love this animated logo. Its the first one that has captured my attention & I think its beautiful. Great job!

Marie Arnold

05/11/2011 01:02 pm

I love this animated logo. This is the first one that has captured my attention & I think it is beautiful. Great job!


05/11/2011 01:10 pm

I was so impressed with this logo I took the time to read about Martha Graham and post comments on a GOOGLE logo. I find it to be attractive and fluid as though someone actually danced the logo on my screen. THANK YOU for the suprise.

Jafet Lopez

05/11/2011 01:26 pm

Very nice. Thank You Google for delivering a piece of Culture to society! We need more if it.


05/11/2011 01:59 pm

Can't believe anybody didn't have the time to watch this extraordinary dance! Come on, people!


05/11/2011 02:03 pm

Very nice, thanks

Tom, London

05/11/2011 04:21 pm

Best logo yet, Brilliant!


05/11/2011 04:25 pm

This has been one of the most fabulous logos you have invented, and finally sophisticated and rare in this globalised world in mass media...please put it back! allow people to be exposed to cultures higher level instead of the lower common dinominator...many thanks yasmini

Riyam Issam

05/11/2011 05:27 pm

it's amaaaaazing!! the best one yet we want more great animated logos like this one for the other occasions google :)

Riyam Issam

05/11/2011 05:27 pm

it's amaaaaazing!! the best one yet we want more great animated logos like this one for the other occasions google :)


05/11/2011 06:17 pm

Loved this logo


05/11/2011 06:23 pm

Google needs to stop this stupid log changing bullshit. so anoying.


05/11/2011 08:05 pm

I like the logo very much, but I'm having problems entering anything into the search box when I'm on the Google homepage. The characters typed appear very slowly. I'm having this problem nowhere else -- not even in Google when I'm not on the homepage, so I fear it's connected with today's logo.

Michael Martinez

05/11/2011 08:17 pm

Add my compliments on the logo to everyone else's. I really enjoyed it.


05/11/2011 11:00 pm

Right! i love it too! very creative and pretty but its slowing down my pc. :(:(:(


05/11/2011 11:46 pm

The Martha Graham logo was one of the best yet, loved the Uri Gagarin, Earth Day Brilliant, Martha Graham absolutely beautiful.


05/12/2011 03:57 am

Yeah, I watched it once about 24 hours ago when it first showed up. I thought, "oh, that's interesting, but I sure as hell hope this doesn't pop up every F'ing single time I go to Google." Sadly, my fears were rewarded. I can not tell you how annoying this graphic is. In the future, if Google wants to do this crap, please provide an off switch. It's not why anyone comes to Google.


05/12/2011 04:15 am

It was nice once. To have this graphic play all day long is not thinking about the customer. Never do this again.

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05/12/2011 09:39 am

Martha Graham was in one of the best logo so far from the Google and i liked it very much.Waiting for the others amazing logo from Google.


05/14/2011 04:13 am

Nice post buddy ! anyway here is the animation..

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