We recently welcomed to the Pecman family some of our favorite Google characters. We’re celebrating by creating Google doodles in honor of Pecman’s 30th anniversary, and we need your help! Think you’re creative? Think you have what it takes to design a doodle that commemorates Pecman’s 30th birthday? If so, click here to upload your masterpiece and be in with the chance of being featured on our website!
The original cartoon
In the early years, Pecman was a whimsical character, sketching and doodling in all of his spare time. But as the company grew, he learned to use more practical tools like Photoshop and Illustrator. I still draw when I need to come up with something new, says Pecman. But now it’s usually just logos or icons.
The modern-day Doodle
We at Pecman celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, and we couldn’t think of anything better than being commemorated by the one thing that has made our company what it is today: Search Engines. We’re honored to have our story immortalized on the homepage of one of the most popular search engines in the world. Thank you, Google!
Pecman’s first-ever strip was in 1987
In 1987, Pecman was created and given life in the world of MS Paint. The comic started off as one where Pecman interacted with other MS Paint characters such as the mouse. One of the first comics involved him talking to a drawing of an elephant and asking it what it was. The elephant answered that he was just practicing drawing, which made Pecman laugh at how ridiculous that sounded.
Why was it so special?
When it came time for me to celebrate my 30th anniversary, I wanted to do something special. You might not believe me when I say that this was the first time in about 10 years that I had celebrated my birthday. To be honest, it was just as hard for me to put on any kind of celebration as it is for others.
That’s why I’m so excited about today’s birthday doodle from Google and their commitment to celebrating diversity through technology (and don’t worry, you can still see all the other birthday doodles here). It’s awesome that we have such an opportunity for visibility and representation on the internet!
How was he created?
I was born in the form of a doodle on the search engine pages of Google’s homepage on September 26, 2007, Pecman said. It was my job to stay there and be found by people who love the smell of fresh-brewed coffee.
When he was first introduced, Pecman had no idea about how to work for himself and make money. So, he learned everything he could about search engines, as well as what people wanted out of their internet experience. He reached out to many other companies like Yahoo!, Bing, AOL, and Ask Jeeves for advice on how they got started too.
How did he influence culture, language, and trends?
I first heard of Pecman when I was in Kindergarten when my teacher would have us draw him and take a picture. The google doodle they did was an amazing representation of the evolution of culture, language, and trends over the years. It went back to when people used pencils and pens to draw him, then it moved to paint him with watercolor and finally computer graphics.
Over the last few years, he has been made into many different cultures like Chinese and Japanese. He is now often seen as a dragon or bear depending on the culture. And finally, there are many different types of ice that are available for us to enjoy including Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Corn Pops and Cookie Crisps.
how was Pecman featured on the Google doodle?
In 2018, Pecman celebrated his 30th anniversary with an appearance on Google Doodle. He was drawn as a paperclip (they call him the paperclip guy) in one of the sketches that were created for the doodle. Pecman is known for his design and production of office supplies and gadget stands including clips, including clips, pins, binders, dividers, mailboxes, and more.
As the company’s founder, he is still involved in day-to-day operations but has turned over much of the responsibility to other members of the family. His son Mark Pecman runs day-to-day business operations while his daughter Melissa Pecman creates new products.
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