On Friday, 12th April 2019, Google Search in Europe, America, Canada, South America, Australia and some parts of Asia introduced a doodle decorated with the Bauhaus font style.
The design, which was borne out of an art school a hundred years ago, has a profound influence on architecture and all aspects of design. This includes interior, industrial and graphic designs.
Google then incorporated the minimalist aesthetic into a doodle.
On 12th April 1919, the Bauhaus art school opened in Germany. It created a vision of the modern future using a combination of art, craft and design. The style is also famous as the international style. It started one of the most influential movements in modern architectural design.
The Bauhaus school advocated for the combination of 20th-century production techniques to produce furniture and buildings. It has so far had immeasurable influence on typography, art, architecture and design.
Google’s celebration involves an animated Doodle that incorporates the minimalist aesthetic of the movement. It does this in a rolling art show that highlights some of the designs it birthed. It illustrated fine art, buildings and some household items like coffee pots and lamps.
German architect Walter Gropius founded the art school in the city of Weimar. They had a unique curriculum that aimed to train designers and artists who created beautiful and useful objects.
The school started by teaching students elementary principles. It then advanced to teaching specialised works like typography, wall painting and cabinetmaking.
They churned out prominent people like German-born American artist Josef Albers and Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.
In 1933, the institution was shut down due to pressure from the Nazi regime. The students and staff who fled Germany have been able to share the precepts around the world.