In his book “The Overstory”, Pulitzer Prize acclaimed author Richard Powers invites you to discover nine stories about trees that are deeply interconnected with the humans surrounding them. Our challenge was to reflect it the re-design of his novel.

"That's the trouble with people, their root problem. Life runs alongside them, unseen. Right here, right next." R. Powers

 In its structure, the book ramifies from decentralized narratives about broken families and estranged generations to the beauty of powerful activist communities. As a reader, you start following the individual characters, with little connection to each other, wondering if, when, and how they will come together. Every person either denies its bond to the trees they are assigned to or embraces the mirroring in their own cycle of life. The separation of the nine lives culminates with the formation of the tenth character: the forest.

Together with Annegien Schilling and Alisha Langenbach, we designed the novel to match the way of reading it: separating what we called “roots” to the rest of the “trunk”. The roots are the character’s origin story, accompanied on the big spreads by their assigned tree, showing all its life cycle‘s elements.

This project was featured in the Online Typography Exhibition “Already Booked” (June 2021).