Google doodles to mark the birthday of a special office tool

Google's tribute to the hole puncher.                  Google

Another type of hole puncher is the single hole puncher, which is primarily used to punch tickets. The liveliness demonstrates a sheet of paper doing a little dance in the wake of being punched. The animation was created by Gerben Steenks, a doodle designer at Google.

Regardless of model, for any kid who had to add loose-leaf papers to a ringed binder, the hole punch was (and is) a lifesaver. A number of identical holes punched out from construction paper are across the floor as part of the Google logo. These doodles can be found on Google's website.

The doodle itself, which is featured on Google's homepage, includes the circular remnants of paper left after its punched into letters.

The doodle paid tribute to the German inventor Friedrich Soennecken, who filed a patent for the hole puncher November 14, 1886. Be that as it may, as tablets and cell phones make the presence of paper itself less and less significant, it stays to be seen what the future may hold for the paper punch.


Soennecken introduced the two-hole punch and the ring binder which is used to organise documents by punching holes in sheets of paper often for the goal of collecting the sheets in a binder or folder. He also founded a German company named Soennecken that specializes in office supplies. Besides the hole puncher, he has invented a binder and a special nib for ink pens suitable for calligraphy.

If you have a hole punch on your desk, pick it up and give it a squeeze this morning. Newer iterations of the machine are also used for more creative purposes like decorative purposes like making confetti.

The design of the hole puncher has not changed much in the 131 years since its invention. The more drawn out the lever, the more sheets of paper can be punched through with the same negligible power.

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