Exploring Yearbook Trends for 2025

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2010 Adviser Academy

The size of your school will only affect the yearbook if you let it – that was the message from David Zinsmeister on Wednesday afternoon during his “Small School – Big Impact” session at Walsworth’s Adviser Academy.

Zinsmeister knows what it is like to produce an award-winning yearbook in a small school. He is adviser of a 160-page yearbook at Manchester High School in North Manchester, Ind., a school of about 400 students.

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Sometimes reunions with old friends happen when you least expect it.

I’m not a yearbook adviser. I didn’t come to the Adviser Academy this week expecting to sit in sessions and learn all about theme, or design trends. I’m a writer in Walsworth’s Marketing Department, so I’ve been here as an observer for the Yearbooks Blog.

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Walsworth’s Adviser Academy moved into its second day on Tuesday with half of the group in attendance making the bus trip up the road from Kansas City to Marceline/Brookfield, Mo., for a tour of Walsworth’s Printing and Bindery facilities.

The rest of the advisers stayed back at the Plaza Marriott to dive into more educational sessions. Topics on the morning agenda included classes on InDesign, Walsworth’s Online Design program, photojournalism and a round table for yearbook critiques.

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Chronological yearbooks. Yearbooks with zero to seven sections. Yearbooks with only feature stories and photos.

These were some of the current trends in yearbook mentioned in the Adviser Academy’s Tad of Fad session on Monday afternoon. Led by Susan Massy, adviser at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kan., and David Zinsmeister, adviser at Manchester High School in North Manchester, Ind., the session showed and discussed examples of new and timeless design trends.

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Yearbook advisers at Walsworth’s Adviser Academy got some valuable tips on ways to keep the staff motivated on Monday afternoon in the session “Yearbook = Fun… or at least it should be.”

Walsworth sales rep Keith Hughey, a former yearbook adviser for seven years, outlined some strategies to help keep the yearbook students energized throughout the course of the year.

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Advisers from as far as the East and West coasts arrived in Kansas City on Monday morning for the opening session of Walsworth’s annual Adviser Academy summer workshop.

The group was welcomed to town by Alex Blackwell, Walsworth’s director of yearbook marketing, who woke the crowd up by polling the audience to ask which advisers were new to the job, and which advisers were experienced vets working on their 11th yearbook or more.

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