Type: Annual student publication put out by the Grand View English Department. It features students' creative writing, poetry, photographs, and artwork.
Role: Editor-in-chief and design director.
Layout and research
The layout of the magazine is in grids that drew inspiration from tatami mats (exp: http://www.tatami.ca/tatami-mat-layouts). Each piece is numbered, show by the English number and then with the Japanese character with it.
Drew inspiration from books like "Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, and Philosophers".
And links such as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Japanese Aesthetics.
The magazine is laid out into two sections, "Wabi" and "Sabi". We split them into two sections, but one whole magazine because some argue that wabi-sabi are two separate philosophies, while others argue that they are connected.
I also drew inspiration from how the Japanese traditionally read. They traditionally format their books the opposite America does- they read their books right to left. So in some form, the reader of Bifrost has to read the magazine "backwards" in order to see the whole picture. The table of contents is also laid out vertically with inspiration from how the Japanese traditionally read.