Animated Google Doodles Welcome First Day of Summer and Winter 2013

Whether you’re in the northern part of the earth’s hemisphere getting ready for swimsuit season or the southern part, where you’re cozying up with layers, today’s Google Doodle by guest artist Christoph Niemann has something for everyone in celebration of the summer and winter solstice.

The solstice marks the first day of summer or winter, depending on where in the world you live, and is also either the longest day or the shortest day of the year. After today’s summer solstice, the days get shorter as we move toward the fall.

Here's what those of us up north are seeing on the first day of summer:


And here's the Doodle our friends are seeing down south on the first day of winter:


Niemann, the artist behind the Doodle, is also known for his mobile app, “Petting Zoo,” where various animated animals react to a user’s touch on the screen. Here’s a peek into how the app works.

Google has celebrated the arrival of summer and winter in prior years, most recently in 2011 with the assistance of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

About the author

Jessica Lee is the founder of bizbuzzcontent, a boutique content services company that offers quality content creation services and content strategy consulting.

Since 2005, Jessica has been in the business of content and communications, with the past seven years focused on the Web marketing space.

Prior to launching bizbuzzcontent, Jessica was responsible for content strategy, development, and marketing for Bruce Clay Inc. - a global SEO firm, where she served small businesses and Fortune 500 clients.

Jessica has a bachelor's in communications and public relations from San Diego State University.

She contributed to the book Search Engine Optimization All-in-One for Dummies second edition, and her writing is featured in an active college textbook, Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues.