What was the brief, and did it change at all during the process?
It didn’t change very much at all, I guess because it was following in the footsteps of Animalium, so the template of what the book should be was already there. With Animalium, I was quite involved in establishing the feel and design of the book. We wanted to create a cross-over kids book, something that adults would like as much as the children, and I think in the case of Botanicum, probably even more so.
How did the structure of the book develop, and how closely did you work with the author?
The book developed very nicely, starting by working with the editor and researchers on designing the overall structure, and how we were going to divide up the plant kingdom. With plants, that's quite tricky I believe, so Kew were also involved with that stage. Then, each page either Kathy, Katie (the editor), or I would choose which plants to include. We each were coming from a different perspective, and I think that helped to curate the plants with a lot of diversity. I chose plants and fungi that I found most interesting visually, whilst Kathy and Katie made sure the most scientifically important or culturally significant were included. That way, the book shows off the most beautiful, strange and interesting selection.