10 Questions: Linda Liukas
- What is your morning routine?
I’m an early bird, I like waking up and some of best working hours for me are before 10 am. I’m really bad with breakfast, but learning. Same with checking e-mail and other notifications first thing in the morning – I’m practising, but still have a long way to go.
- Which media and/or social media do you follow?
I’m oldschool: I still use RSS to follow my favorite blogs and Twitter to stay up-to-date. Some of my favorites include Spoon & Tamago for ideas and inspiration, Picturebook makers for work and Hacker News for idling.
- Who are your favourite authors?
I grew up with Tove Jansson, Astrid Lindgren and Roald Dahl and still enjoy their work. I read a lot, from fiction to non-fiction. My recent favorites have been Elena Ferrante, Tanizaki Junichiro and Hanya Yanagihara.
- Where is the best place and time of day to write?
In bursts! Writing and illustrating for me is a crunch: for a month I just hide from the world and work 12 hour days. Before that, ideas and illustrations float for at least half a year: I do talks around new concepts, research and read other books, fill endless notebooks with Muji pens…
- How do you feel when you think about coding?
Happy, frustrated, joyful. I love the notion of programming as world creation. Fred Brooks put it beautifully, when he said, “The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination.”
- Who or what inspires you?
I like sparkly things and software, Zelda Fitzgerald, Armi Ratia, Seymour Papert, Björk and explaining hard things first to myself, then to others.
- What is the best thing that has happened to you in 2016?
I married my best friend in August.
- How do you relax?
I run and make food. The repetitive yet creative seems to calm my brain.
- What is your favourite area in Finland?
I love Helsinki. It’s an absolute fairytale capital, where quality of life is unparallel to any other city I’ve lived in.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I want to start my own research lab/kindergarten around technology education, mostly without computers. Kind of reimagining Montessori and Reggio Emilia for the 21st century.