September 16, 2010 / Book Organization

Every good yearbook starts with a plan

Written by Idea File Staff

As your staff sets out on their yearbook quest for the upcoming school year, it is crucial for them to understand the importance of using their ladder to get the book organized and on track.

Whether it is an online ladder, or a paper ladder diagram up on the wall, every yearbook staff should make use of the ladder – mapping out every spread. Here are some key points to remember when making proper use of the ladder:

  • Before you write or enter the information on the ladder, compile a list of every topic that you think should be covered in the yearbook – from homecoming and spirit week all the way to portraits and ads.
  • Enter as much content detail in the ladder as you can – topics/story ideas for each spread, and which staff members are assigned to the spread.
  • Utilize the ladder for the placement of color, which is submitted in flats. On a ladder, pages 1, 4-5, 8-9, 12-13 and 16 are shaded one color in a signature, while 2-3, 6-7, 10-11 and 14-15 are another. Keeping color usage within a specific flat is the most cost-effective way to use color.
  • Perhaps most importantly, use the ladder to keep track of deadlines. The ladder is the best way to see the overall picture of what pages are due when. Be sure to mark spreads as done on the ladder as you progress through the year.
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  • Christina Phengdouangdeth

    Hello,
    My name is Christina Phengdouangdeth, and I attend Lake Park Audubon High School in Lake Park, MN. I’m 16 years old and I’m just starting the 10th grade. I have just recently rejoined in the yearbook staff and I had a couple questions. First, last year when I started the yearbook staff I saw that many of our older memebers had these great ideas. But sense mainly all of them have already graduated it’s time for us to step up to the plate. And ever sense we don’t have half of our memebers we don’t have as many bright ideas, and it seems like we can’t choose the topic on time. Now that I have told you my story, to sum it all up my question is when your looking for the rigth topic what are the main things you need to look for. Like is there anything you really need to focuz on when you pick the perfect topic for the school year yearbook?

    Christina P.
    Lake Park Audubon High School/ Yearbook Memeber

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