Dennis Hwang

Hwang Jeong-mok (Korean: 황정목; born c. 1978),[1] known professionally as Dennis Hwang, is an American-born South Korean graphic artist currently working for Niantic,[2] who was the original designer of some of the festive logos for Google.

Dennis Hwang
Native name
Hwang Jeong-mok

c. 1978 (age 4041)
Alma materStanford University
OccupationGraphic artist
EmployerGoogle (former)
Known forGoogle doodles
AwardsAppalachian Arts Fellow Award
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHwang Jeong-mok
McCune–ReischauerHwang Chŏngmok

Early life and education

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he moved to South Korea when he was about five years old.[3] His hometown was Gwacheon where he "had a very normal childhood".[3] He went through public schools, spending six years at Gwacheon Elementary School and two years at Munwon Middle School, before returning to Knoxville and graduating from Bearden High School.[3] His doodles during these years were frowned upon, but are now his source of income and pleasure. On a return visit to Knoxville in 2003, Hwang was awarded an Appalachian Arts Fellow Award at World's Fair Park by then-mayor Victor Ashe. Ashe proclaimed, "Mr. Hwang's work is impressioned hundreds of millions of times each week, and reaches all corners of the globe. He is arguably Knoxville's most persistent artist."

He received a degree from Stanford in arts and computer science.[4]


During Burning Man Festival of 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin designed the first doodle in order to notify users of their absence. Subsequently, Dennis Hwang was assigned to create Google logos.[4] Hwang's first logo design for Google was in honor of Bastille Day,[2] July 14, 2000, at the request of Larry Page and Sergey Brin,[5] and he has been designing the specialty logos ever since. He creates about 50 Google logos each year.[6] Other logos have been designed commemorating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other events such as Piet Mondrian's birthday. Hwang also designed the iconic Gmail logo on the night before its release.[7]

His actual position was Google's international webmaster, which made him responsible for all of their international content.[8]


  1. "Google Celebrates 110th Birthday of Rene Magritte with a Magritte Doodle". November 22, 2008.
  3. Jin, Kim. "Computer artist doodles oodles of 'Google's Archived 2005-03-25 at the Wayback Machine." Korea Herald. March 22, 2002. Retrieved on July 19, 2006.
  4. Gtricks Dennis Hwang Bio/Video
  5. Williams, David E. "Google's unknown artist has huge following." CNN. July 19, 2006. Retrieved on July 19, 2006.
  6. Griffiths, Emma (November 18, 2005). "Google doodler draws attention". BBC News.
  7. Fox, Kevin. "Who designed the gmail logo?". Quora. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  8. Hwang, Dennis. "Oodles of Doodles." Google (corporate blog). June 8, 2004. Retrieved on July 19, 2006.
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