From a reader:
After seeing your post about Google’s lack of a Memorial Day logo, I took it upon myself to send an e-mail to their Press Center on the subject. Their response follows:
Thank you for your note. We understand your concern about not seeing a Memorial Day Google logo. If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design. We wouldn’t want to create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful in any way.
We have a long list of holidays that we’d like to celebrate in the future. We have to balance this rotating calendar with the need to maintain the consistency of the Google homepage. We really appreciate your feedback regarding the Google logo, and please be assured that we’re actively pursuing ways in which we can acknowledge Memorial Day and other such occasions in the future.
The Google Team
They get points for the quick response, and I suppose we can humor their handwringing to a point, however, I think their designers are more than up to the task. I believe they’ve churned out two logos for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day over the years, both of which seemed reverent and respectful.