Google's self-driving car. Photograph courtesy of Google
Google pops up all over Dezeen in a variety of guises: as a pioneer of self-driving cars; as a creator of virtual-reality painting software; as a rebranded company with a new logo.
Particularly popular this year was the announcement that it was about to start shipping its
Project Ara modular cellphone (although it later shelved the project).
The often-radical office spaces it commissions for itself are always newsworthy, with a
campus inside a former battery factory in Madrid and news of its new London base among hot stories this year.
The biggest story of all was the ongoing saga of its forthcoming
HQ in California, designed by the dream-team combo of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.
But interestingly the most-visited story about the mega-corporation over the past year was an
interview with office-design expert Jeremy Myerson, who said the Google-inspired trend for slides and ping-pong tables in offices was having a negative effect on the workspace and infantilising staff.
1. Google has had a negative effect on office design, says Jeremy Myerson
2. Google to start shipping modular smartphone Project Ara
3. Google's artificial intelligence becomes first non-human to qualify as a driver
4. BIG and Heatherwick unveil "vibrant new neighbourhood" for Google's California HQ
5. BIG and Heatherwick rework Google HQ design for smaller Mountain View site
Dezeen Hot List is a guide to the most newsworthy and searched-for players in the design world in 2016. It is based entirely on audience data, sourced by analysing over 100 million page views and hundreds of thousands of search returns. Read more about the methodology ›