LIT Series: Sunflower Sutra
print design
This is a 36″ x 48″ poster design for “Sunflower Sutra”, one of my favorite Allen Ginsberg poems.

Content dictates design. “Sunflower Sutra” is about embracing the natural and organic, and rejecting the industrial and artificial, so I gridded out the text to form a cascade of words, modelled after a rushing waterfall.
Ginsberg’s work ignores “the rules” of beats and syllables. So to reflect this, I ignored the typography “rules” and used 15 different typefaces. I also mixed letters from 6 different typefaces to form the title.

However, I have included the poem written out straight, in the bottom right corner. The image is of Ginsberg around the time he wrote “Sunflower Sutra”.