L.S. Lowry’s 125th Birthday: Google Doodle Once Again Steers Users Away From Knowledge GraphBy: Chris Crum - November 1, 2012
Google is running a doodle on its UK site today celebrating the 125th birthday of English artist L.S. Lowry. Once again, Google has opted to display a pre-entered query for users who click the doodle, which fails to highlight its Knowledge Graph.
Google seemed to be developing a trend of showing doodles that users could click through to instantly see Knowledge Graph results, which can be quite informative for those unfamiliar with the subject of the doodle, but lately, Google has been going a different route indicating that this is likely not something Google is really worried about (though it’s interesting considering that the company has been talking up the Knowledge Graph at virtually every public speaking opportunity).
The query, this time, is “L.S. Lowry’s 125th Birthday”. If you do venture over to Google’s Knowledge Graph for Lowry, the search engine (via Wikipedia, as usual) will tell you that:
Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English artist born in Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict nearby Salford and surrounding areas, including Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years.
It will also tell you that he was born on November 1, 1887, that he died on February 23, 1976, and that he was buried in Southern Cemetery in Manchester. It will also tell you that his artwork included Portrait of Ann, Coming Out of School, Cranes and Ships, Glasgow Docks and more. Other tidbits it drops from the search results page are that his education included Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford, and that his parents were Elizabeth Lowry and Robert Lowry. Clicking on any of these items will, of course, take you to Google results for their respective queries.
According to Google’s Knowledge Graph, people who search for L.S. Lowry also search for Braaq Fred Yates, Pierre Adolphe Valette and Helen Bradley.