Google Doodle South Africa Winner!


Google South Africa ran, a few months ago, a competition to celebrate 20 years of freedom. After receiving entries from all over the country, Katya’s design was chosen to appear on Google on 3 December 2014.

Well done to Katya Ludick, a Grade 8 pupil from Noordheuwel High School in Krugersdorp took the prize for the 12-14 age range and was the overall winner with her nature themed doodle depicting a South Africa free of poaching.
Katya said  “The reflection symbolises 20 years of freedom. In my South African dream, there is no more poaching. We must fight for those that can’t speak,”
Elizma Nolte, Country Marketing Manager for Google South Africa said, “Google’s doodles have been surprising and delighting visitors to our home page for many years and what better way to surprise and delight than by asking children to doodle their dreams for South Africa. If the future of South Africa looks but a little like the collage of drawings we have collected during Doodle 4 Google, we have a lot to look forward to. Congratulations to all our winners!”

As graphic designers we love the fact that this highlights how design and visual representation can share a message, extending past language and cultural restrictions.

Well done to the winners, now we need to make sure that the next winners represent our home town of Durban! (maybe we should get our studio to enter, do they have a 25+category?!)

Here are some of our other favourites!

Google Doodle Facts:

  • The Google Doodle is an artistic version of the Google logo. Google Doodles represent events like holidays, anniversaries, or current events. Some of the doodles were limited to Google’s country specific home pages while others appeared globally.
    They started in 1998 when Larry & Sergey (founders of Google) placed a stick figure behind the second “o” of the word Google. This was so well received so they started doing it more!
  • A full team of illustrators, designers, animators and developers design the doodles.
  • Since 1998 there have been over 2,000 doodles designed
  • Love the doodles! Check them all out here!


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