Prepare to be inspired – fall Idea File magazine now out

In honor of our 30th anniversary, we’ve redesigned Idea File. Come check out all the interesting reads, useful information and inspiration examples.

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November 21, 2016 / Cover Spotlight / Design

In this week’s Cover Spotlight, let’s take a closer look at the 2016 cover from Covenant Christian Academy in Houma, Louisiana. The staff of The Mane Event used colorful paint splatters to create the image of their lion mascot on the cover (seen above). There is just enough paint on the cover for the shape…

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November 7, 2016 / Cover Spotlight / Design

In the newest edition of our Cover Spotlight, let’s take a closer look at the cover of the 2016 Crotalus from Felix Varela Senior High School in Miami, Florida. This cover demonstrates a great way to create a printed cover that has all the characteristics of a decorated book. The artwork is printed on White…

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November 2, 2016 / Design / Yearbook 3D

Most yearbook staffs now have a few months of work behind them, which most likely means your yearbook cover has already been concepted and created. However even if your basic cover design is finished, it’s not too late to still consider adding an extra touch with Walsworth’s Yearbook 3D augmented reality platform. Walsworth Yearbooks is…

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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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September 22, 2016 / Design / News

Submissions from three Walsworth Yearbooks schools have been named Finalists by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) in its 2016 Design of the Year contest. Of the 10 Finalists named in the Yearbook Page/Spread category, three were from Walsworth. Michael Hamilton of the Hauberk staff from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas,…

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August 9, 2016 / Cover Spotlight / Design

This week’s Cover Spotlight comes from the 2016 Reflector of Oswego High School in Oswego, Illinois. The Oswego staff used an abstract design to symbolize the various connections or links students have within their school. A simple sans serif font was used for the theme “connected,” which works well with the fine lines of the…

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July 29, 2016 / Cover Spotlight / Design

For this week’s Cover Spotlight, the staff from Loganville High School in Loganville, Georgia, “raises the bar” with their 2016 Pyromania cover. By bleeding the words off the edges of the top white bar, the negative space of the background creates the theme words “Raising the.” The word “Bar” is boldly added on top of…

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July 7, 2016 / Cover Spotlight / Design

In this week’s Cover Spotlight, we take a look at the 2016 yearbook from Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. The whole front cover of this book (seen above) is made of Plexiglas! What also makes this cover unique is the shape created to allow the top right-hand portion of the Plexiglas to show through…

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