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Possibilities, Vol. 7 has arrived

The newest edition of Walsworth's idea and showcase book is now available for yearbook staffs to find inspiring design, photography and coverage ideas.

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December 14, 2016 / Ask Mike / Staff Fun

One of my favorite memories of advising yearbook has very little to do with the actual production of the yearbook. Instead it has to do with developing caring young adults. I was determined to teach my students that giving a portion of themselves to the world around them is more important than constantly taking from…

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September 27, 2016 / Ask Mike / Design / Fall 2016 / Idea File Magazine

Basic design knowledge is necessary to creating a strong yearbook. Teaching students how and why design is important is a worthwhile exercise. It may seem to take forever, but once students grasp the basics, they will soon be able to use those skills to create a sophisticated spread. You can start here with my Top…

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September 23, 2016 / Ask Mike / Design / Fall 2016

Two seconds is how long the average reader will look at a spread before turning the page. So it’s the designer’s job to try to capture those wandering eyes by using attractive yet planned design. Filling the page with more pictures will not help a reader stay on the spread. What will help is the…

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More coverage
March 24, 2016 / Ask Mike / Coverage / Spring 2016

Open up some random photo folders on your computers and look carefully at the pictures saved for your yearbook. Do you notice that many photos are of one person? This is particularly noticeable in certain sports such as golf, tennis and swimming. Having one person in a photograph is great. More than likely, this person…

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September 24, 2015 / Ask Mike / Coverage / Idea File Magazine

If you were to divide the students in your school into three groups they would fall into: Those involved in school activities Those involved in sports Others Students involved in activities and sports have more in common than just school work. The others are simply there to be educated. When you look at the index…

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Curb your inspiration
March 23, 2015 / Ask Mike / Spring 2015

Inspiration is everywhere. It is on the Internet via sites such as Pinterest and Issuu. It is at the local grocery story on the magazine racks or greeting card aisle. It’s even in store windows and on television. But how exactly do you go from a cool magazine idea that you find to an awesome…

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December 8, 2014 / Ask Mike / Design / Fall 2014

Let’s get it out there right away – Football, Class of 2015 or Seniors are not headlines! They are topics. Now that we have that out of the way, set a goal for this year to write and design visually appealing headlines.

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