Humanum Lignum (Human Tree)

Irina Antonets . MA Future Design


Humanum Lignum is an educational web platform that explains tree & human similarities with the help of short animations. The author has focused on the 3 most significant similarities: brain & roots, skin & bark and blood & water transportation. Though there are many more resemblances between trees and humans, for her project the author chose to use ones that are based on micro-macro approach that includes functional and visual comparison which gives a better understanding of how profound our connection with trees is.


The web platform is seeking to bring the awareness of tree (= Nature ) importance for the humanity. It also helps to relearn our kinship to trees and Nature as a whole.  Besides that, Humanum Lignum is aimed to aspire humans to become more conscious of how they're treating Mother Nature. It's time for each of us to ask ourselves: being literally a part of Nature, who are we harming first and foremost when we do damage to the Nature? The project's goal is to help us RELEARN how to live in a harmony with Nature and to be a part of it; to RECONNECT to our roots, to RETHINK our role and place in the natural environment.


"Humanum Lignum" is inspired by the author’s passion for Nature, in particular by the uniqueness of trees. A great part of the project is influenced by the book '' The Hidden Life of Trees '' that reveals many of " inner workings of trees " helping to see everything from different angle. The author’s research was focused on learning how trees feel, communicate, what processes are happening inside of them as well as comparing and analyzing processes happening in the tree and human beings.

Irina Antonets

Irina Antonets (Irene Antonez) is designer, artist and illustrator. After getting her bachelors in industrial design in Russia, she was creating artworks in different countries and then continued her education with Masters in Future Design at Prague College. In autumn of 2019 she had her first personal exhibition where were presented her artworks - the result of her research of small and unique organisms under the microscope. Irina's aiming to share Humanum Lignum platform with bigger and wider audience to make the humanity care about natural environment, reconnect to own roots, rethink its role and place in Nature.