Like most kids of the Betamax generation, Google’s VP of Product Management, Clay Bavor, never ceased to be amazed by the Star Wars universe – even after dozens of viewings of the original trilogy.

Perhaps it comes with little surprise, then, that Bavor has helped lead a Google tribute to the Star Wars franchise in honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

“It probably isn’t a surprise that there are tons of Star Wars fans like me here at Google,” Bavor explains in a Google Blog post. “So when we first heard about Episode VII, we started thinking about what a Google tribute to these epic stories might look like: Wouldn’t it be cool if there was some sort of Star Wars thingy in Search? The Millennium Falcon in Cardboard would be sweet! What if Google Translate could decipher galactic languages?”… and on, and on, and on. As this list of ideas grew, so too did the band of passionate engineers and product folks who wanted to build them.”

The result of their efforts is an (optional) complete Star Wars takeover of your Google account with the option to pick “The Light Side” or “The Dark Side” – starting today.


“You can choose the light or the dark side, and then watch your favorite Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome and many more transform to reflect your path,” explains Bavor. “And that’s just the beginning. We’ve got more coming between now and opening night—the Millennium Falcon in all its (virtual reality) glory included, so stay tuned. And we’ve hidden a few easter eggs, too. So awaken the Force within, and be on the lookout for things from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.