Olivia Huynh, Google Doodler, Reaches a Worldwide Audience

The work of Google Doodler Olivia Huynh has been seen by Google users around the world as the MICA alumna's interactive animations marked holidays and events including Leap Year, Halloween, and the 117th birthday of silhouette animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger.

Olivia Huynh When ’13 (Illustration BFA) is an animator and filmmaker currently working for Google as a Doodler—and creator behind a recent Google Doodle that marked the 171st birthday of Angelo Moriondo, the man who patented the first known espresso machine. Using coffee as the work’s sole medium, When documented the work by creating a timelapse video.

When, who is a prolific Doodler, has a global audience — creating animations and interactive games for the tech giant to mark events such as Halloween, Lunar New Year, and the seasonal equinoxes, to people that include American astronaut Sally Ride, Belgian physicist Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau, and Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake.

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Prior to landing her job at Google, she was a freelance illustrator, and her work has been featured by MoMA, Animation Block Party, Animateka, New York International Children's Film Festival, Northwest Animation Festival, New Urbanism Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival, International Dark-Sky Association, the Daily Beast, Fox ADHD, Buzzfeed, and NASA.