Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation

Design and illustrations for a book highlighting the benefits of Permaculture

With a project so close to my heart, I was excited by the opportunity to tender to design this book, and delighted to have been selected over a number of designers across Europe. With various different people and organisations contributing to this project organisation was key – so along with some initial designs I made sure to supply a list of timescales, deadlines, recommended printers, suggested paper stock, fonts and formats, as well as strict guidelines for supply of text and images.

A fun and thought-provoking project, I chose earthy colours to define each chapter, interspersed with simple, hand-drawn illustrations, as well as some gorgeous photos (mainly courtesy of Carolyn Monastra) in order to bring the text to life.

Working closely with Tom Henfry from The Schumacher Institute (together with Gil Penha-Lopes from University of Lisbon) their mission was: to bring the expertise of permaculture practitioners from the margins into the centre of policy debates and mainstream action in order to address climate change.

The final book is full of information about permaculture projects around the world: if you are interested in purchasing a copy you can find it here...

"Ruth is an absolute joy to work with and did a wonderful job on our book.

Totally in tune with the project from the start, she balanced responsiveness and sensitivity to our wishes with a wilingness to be forthcoming and proactive, and made many useful suggestions that enhanced the look overall. Highly professional in her outlook, she showed amazing flexibility in response to changing schedules and requirements from our end.

The look of the finished book is amazing, and impresses everyone who sees it. I would certainly recommend her for similar work and hope to be able to collaborate with her again in the future."

Tom Henfry
The Schumacher Institute