Kandinsky said that color is a power which directly influences the soul. For me, color is a tool for making a wealth of information easier to use.
I was approached by the United States Botanic Garden to help conceive a manual that clearly instructs homeowners on how to create and maintain healthy and beautiful landscapes that benefit their family and the surrounding community. This manual accompanied an educational series comprised of five classes that explore the role of soils, water, vegetation and materials in sustainable landscape design. Each course is designed to last up to three hours and includes a combination of instructor led presentations, class discussions, exercises and field trips to investigate each topic
I developed an easy-to-use system of bright colors to differentiate the various sections presented in the book. This color-coding organizes the book into distinct sections and helps the reader sort through the information quickly. The color coding is extended to section headers, image captions, Class Assignments, Discussions and Activities. Large photographs of plants and landscapes are used to make the book’s information engaging and accessible.
Landscape for Life is a project developed by the United States Botanic Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The project is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), an interdisciplinary partnership of the American Society Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.
The assignment reveals how one can reduce a problem to its bare essentials, and also come up with an inventive, appropriate — and colorful — answer.