Rumi has had a significant influence on both Persian and Turkish literature throughout the centuries and is now one of the most widely read poets in America. (Persian: مولانا جلال الدین محمد رومی, Turkish: Mevlânâ Celâleddin Mehmed Rumi), known in the English-speaking world as Rumi. The year 2007 was declared as the “International Rumi Year” by UNESCO in March 2006. This is commemoration of Rumi’s 800th birthday anniversary, with celebrations taking place in various locations around the world.
Graphic Design 1 students were introduced to the poetry of Rumi, the 13th Century mystic whose work transcends national and ethnic borders. Students were asked to select a translated version of one of Rumi’s works and create a digital word + image interpretation of their own. They determined the size and format of their expressive typographic piece. Students are urged to be very experimental with this work, investigating a contemporary connection to the poem lifted from another time and place.
These final versions could use any format and materials that the student desired.
Some ended up taking 3 dimensional form as students were urged to move out of
their usual comfort zone in graphic design.
We Three poem interpreted by Delilah Effinger
another by Brandon Favre
See more about Rumi projects below…
International Rumi Year
read about Rumi on Wikipedia
Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi
Rumi on Fire
Coleman Barks versions