About Trees has been reprinted and is now available again
First edition: 500 (sold out)
Second print run: 2,000
Publisher: Broken Dimanche Press
Format: 256 pages, 9.25 x 6.5 inches, stitched, softcover, dust jacket, spot colour with fore-edge printing
Font: The book is printed in Walbaum and Trees, an original font created by Katie Holten. The Trees font is available here.
Designed in collaboration with FUK Design Studio, Berlin
"I think of the book as an archive of human knowledge filtered through branches of thought."
—Katie Holten, interviewed by Asymptote
"It ranges from short texts by Robert Macfarlane ... to James Gleick, and from Amy Franceschini to Natalie Jeremijenko. These join a swath of older work by Jorge Luis Borges, with even Radiohead ("Fake Plastic Trees") thrown in for good measure.
It's an impressively nuanced selection, one that veers between the encyclopedic and the folkloric, and it has been given a great and memorable graphic twist by the fact that Holten generated a new font using nothing less than the silhouettes of trees.
Every letter of the alphabet corresponds to a specific species of tree."
—Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG
"The political resistance movements of the future could communicate secret messages with trees—and go down in history as the slowest revolution ever.
Holten is in full compliance with these plans, and actually has a few ideas of her own. "I was reading about the Obama library today. Their budget is something like $1 billion. I immediately was thinking, 'I wonder if they are thinking about landscaping the garden and need some sort of typographic forest?" she says with a laugh. "I feel like this is just beginning, there's a lot more to come. More volumes—and I want [the typeface] to be planted in real life, too."
—Meg Miller, FAST CO DESIGN
Texts by Jorge Luis Borges, Andrea Bowers, Inger Christensen, William Corwin, Charles Darwin, Nicole Davi, Tacita Dean, Brian Enquist, Amy Franceschini, Charles Gaines, James Gleick, Fritz Haeg, Amy Harmon, Natalie Jeremijenko, Paul Klee, Eduardo Kohn, Elizabeth Kolbert, Irene Kopelman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ada Lovelace, Robert Macfarlane, E.J. McAdams, Arianna Occhipinti, Katie Paterson, Thomas Princen, Pedro Reyes, Robert Sullivan, Rachel Sussman, Nicola Twilley, Gaia Vince, Aengus Woods, Andrea Zittel and others.