May 12, 2017

Linda Liukas wins in China

Linda Liukas has won first prize in the biggest design competition in China.
Linda Liukas has won first prize in the biggest design competition in China.
Maija Tammi

Finnish author and coding pioneer Linda Liukas has won the top prize at the Design Intelligence Award in China.

Liukas was awarded for Hello Ruby, her acclaimed series of children’s books that teaches them programming. The book has been published in over 20 lan­guages.

Hello Ruby has been a global success.

Hello Ruby has been a global success.

Linda Liukas

The Finnish author and coding pioneer was selected from 2 700 entries, and took home a 130 000-euro prize. The news was reported by Helsinki Design Week.

“Winning this competition is absolutely fabulous,” Liukas is quoted by the website. Helsinki Design Week also notes she had been caught by surprise by the award, as her books do not represent the industrial design-focus the China Academy of Art has typically focused on.

“I’ve thought of myself as perhaps an illustrator and an author, not as a designer,” she says. “During the competition I realised that Hello Ruby actually represents educational design: I design what parents and schools should teach to children about the world that is becoming increasingly technological.”

Read our 10 Questions with Liukas from last year.

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