The Princess and the Comb is a double-narrative investigation of sustainability. The first narrative is an unconventional fairy story that tells the tale of a once-upon-a-time kingdom struck down by a bad case of over-consumption. Branching off from this is a second narrative in the form of 11 spirally unfolding spreads that elaborate on certain key concepts that are alluded to in the fairy tale. Both narratives, rather than being decisive rulebooks on sustainability, are exploratory forays into the psychology and complexity of the subject, for instance, examining the emotional dimension of consumption, the human tendency towards ownership or the hypocrisy of technological literacy. The physical design of the book stresses connectivity and multi-tiered meaning, by employing several unfolding mechanisms and using color-coded line-and-symbol systems to visualize the back-and-forth influences that pervade the subject matter. Full explanation and process documentation can be found here. | Digital layout, unfolding book.