When a student graduates from one grade to another, there is a sense of accomplishment that goes along with their advancement. To honor this accomplishment, many students enjoy having a yearbook to relive the moments that got them to the next level.
From the first day of the school year, it is up to the yearbook team to put together a collection of photos, quotes and texts that properly commemorate the school year. To do this effectively, here are a few tips to get you started for next year’s project.
- Start with a creative cover.
The first thing students, parents and faculty will see and notice is the cover. Having a well-designed, eye catching cover will set the tone, as well as what the students can plan to find inside.
- Take high quality photos.
Websites, such as memorybook.com, have tips for schools and photojournalists on how to best plan for and take photos that will leave lasting memories for years to come.
- Offer students class photos on a CD.
With the increase of social networking and digital communication platforms, offering students pictures on a CD will allow you to give more to them so that they can put their photos online as well.
- Center layouts around photos.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so filling pages with photos instead of text makes the memory book more meaningful. Be sure you have enough photojournalists on staff to capture as many moments as possible.
- Have headings that stand out on the pages.
Yearbooks are meant to be skimmed through. Having clear headings on the pages makes it easier for students and faculty to quickly find what they are looking for at a glance.
- Designate special room around the pictures for students to write.
The personal touch comes from students acquiring signatures from their classmates and teachers. Leave extra whitespace to allow people to write messages to each other or to leave their own captions on photos.
- Create a logical flow.
As you get started with the layout process, organize a logical flow of how the pages should fit together. Some schools choose to go in chronological order, beginning with the first semester and ending with the second semester. Others choose to group events together.
Your school yearbook should provide a well put together remembrance of the school year. Follow these tips and utilize the experience of experts to create the best book possible.