Open Roots – Cover

Open Roots

Open Roots aims to make an old book attractive and accessible again. As a small contribution to sustainability and and open education.

Root Development of Vegetable Crops was first published 1927 in the United States and is in the public domain by now. Two scientists planted a variety of crops in specially prepared fields to then later painstakingly excavate the roots and illustrate the root growth.

Open Roots transforms the book into a website in order to make it accessible to a new audience. During the design process, special attention was paid to readability, interaction and orientation. The website features customized solutions for a better reading experience on screens. In order to make the data easier to understand, tables with test results were turned into interactive infographics and the static illustrations were digitized and animated.


Text and static Illustration
Open Roots – Text and Illustration

Chapter Overview
Open Roots – Chapters

Interactive Illustrations
Open Roots – interactive_water Open Roots – interactive_details

A demo can be viewed here.