After a rough year in yearbook, with a staff that wanted to make their own rules; that wanted to break long-standing traditions; that did not want to take responsibility for their own actions; that did not have a lot of confidence; with parents that did not understand that yearbook is not like a “real” class, that it is more like a “real” business; and so on and so forth. Well, let us just say, after all that I knew I needed help in revamping and reorganizing my yearbook journalism class. So, what did I do? As crazy as it may sound, I went to the school’s dance teacher for help.
Putting together a yearbook is no easy task, especially in high school. Staffers have to plan the entire book, coming up with a theme and making overall coverage decisions. Then there are the school events – lots of them – each requiring coverage by a writer and photographer. Once the events are covered, the editing-rewriting-editing process begins. Cutlines, headlines, tool lines follow, along with the spread design. All of this, in addition to homework, sports and everything else high school brings.
Yearbook staffs are always looking for ways to move beyond the rules of basic design in order to achieve a more fresh and dynamic yearbook. One of the first steps in that direction can be as simple as picking up one of today’s trendy magazines for inspiration and ideas. The hot designs found in magazines like Vogue and GQ can easily be adapted for yearbook. Staffs just need to know the best way to get from point A to point B. All it takes is the right approach and careful planning.
What do you mean Bubba won’t be in the football team picture?” screamed the angry father. “He was the team. Without him there would have been no postseason play. No championship. No Coach of the Year. No, no…”