Caught Our Eye

These outstanding spreads, images, graphics and more will make you stop and take a second look. Your next yearbook idea is waiting here.

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  • 2017 Wolf’s EyeOswego East High SchoolOswego, Illinois

      Theme: "Beyond"
      Adviser: Colleen Calvey
      Editor: Gianna Fagust
      Walsworth representative: Mary Slater - CJE

      Pull quote – Incorporating typography as a thematic design element can add points of interest that can further explain the coverage on the spread. The pull quote in the upper left corner of this spread was pulled from the feature story and supports the dominant image. The effective use of color visually ties it to the headline of the feature story. Probably the greatest asset of the spread is the purposeful wide margins around the edges that were used in the design theme. This design element allows the viewer to enter the spread at multiple points. Like the pull quote, using position, size, color and white space around the type can guide the viewer to read important points of view.

      – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

    1. 2017 EquestrianCoral Springs High SchoolCoral Springs, Florida

        Theme: “360°”
        Adviser: Annette Goldstein
        Editor: Kiara Walker
        Walsworth representatives: Veronika Levine - CJE, Tamara Moore

        Headlines with flair – It didn’t take long to realize the eye quickly goes to the headlines in this book. The effort to make the headlines a design feature is subtle but effective. All too often headlines are misused as labels of what is on the page. But when written well, creative, witty headlines can captivate the reader and encourage them to dig deeper into the content on the spread. The “Hands on Learning” headline introduced the Career and Technical Education courses. The use of color in the headline was tied well to the layout within the bodies of color across the top and bottom of the spread, as well as the use of drop cap and the folio. Creating focal points on spreads is important; whether it be the dominant photo or the headline, the viewer needs to be instantly visually connected to the content.

        – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

      1. 2017 ArrowheadVero Beach High SchoolVero Beach, Florida

          Theme: “Encounter”
          Adviser: Jennifer Potter
          Editors: Mackenzie Slade, Alexandra Heyer, Andrew Bochte
          Walsworth representatives: Missy Green, Adam Livesay - CJE, Tracy de la Feuilliez

          Alternative Sports – Reaching beyond the school walls is always a nice way to extend coverage. The Arrowhead staff chose to cover students who were involved in athletics and activities outside of the school’s organized athletic teams. Their efforts provided a closer look at students who might not otherwise have a voice in the book, and they also showcased some captivating photography. Carried by a strong eyeline just below the center of the spread, the strong photography is well placed within the grid system so most of the images face the gutter. It was also nice to see that the staff did not shy away from giving their favorite image more than half a page. All too often the dominant images are not truly dominant and do not anchor the spread. Atypical content can produce captivating spreads.

          – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

        1. 2017 BruinBloomington High SchoolBloomington, California

            Theme: "In Progress"
            Adviser: Leticia Desrochers
            Editors: Kimberly Ramirez, Liliana Magallon, Kelly Christensen, Daniel Martinez, Melissa Mireles
            Walsworth representative: Valen Rocha

            Theme and coverage – The ability to marry the content of the book to the theme makes your book that much more cohesive. The students of Bloomington High School were immersed in a major school renovation during the school year. The coverage about students who wore braces was a nice touch as it provided a tie between the challenges of the school year and the day-to-day issues that students face with braces. The metaphor that the daily challenges the students faced will eventually lend themselves to a beautiful smile for years to come, as the renovation will lead to an improved building, was an ingenious way to cover a relatable topic that helped define the theme.

            – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

          1. 2017 SisungaAlta Loma High SchoolAlta Loma, California

              Theme: "All In"
              Adviser: Ellen Fauver
              Editors: Alexis Redman, Sergio Buenrostro
              Walsworth representative: Monica Loera

              Technology – In a time of constant changes and advancements in the way students communicate through social media, the Sisunga staff captured highlights of 16 students and their favorite social media apps. This showcase used quotes from each student to let them share their use of a particular app. Viewers can easily tie their experience with the content back to the students on the spread. Covering content that could be gone tomorrow is a fascinating concept. Spreads like this serve as almost a time capsule of student interests.

              – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

            1. 2017 SagaLincoln-Way West High SchoolNew Lenox, Illinois

                Theme: “Breaking Boundaries – It’s Our Story”
                Adviser: Steven Borchert
                Editors: Katryna Kustwan, Lauren Geary
                Walsworth representative: Valerie T. Tanke - CJE

                Curve Ball – In establishing a cohesive design theme throughout your yearbook, the overall style of each spread should make them feel that they are all part of the same book. This is done with consistent use of typographic styles, colors, folios and graphic elements. Then, a small change in the layout can make for a pleasant surprise for the reader. The Saga staff captures attention with a spread on student artists that follows their design theme, but the layout style is just different enough. Don’t be afraid to break out and mix up your layout styles. Sometimes a little well-placed inconsistency can be a good thing.

                – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

              1. 2017 Villa MontemarAcademy of Our Lady of PeaceSan Diego, California

                  Theme: “Putting it Together”
                  Adviser: Angela Cascarano
                  Editors: Faith Beyer, Kelli Johnson, Cameron Travers, Ivy Yahnke
                  Walsworth representative: Elana Sacino

                  Dominant images – Your photography needs to be exceptional if you decide to allocate a single image to fill a page as the dominant image for a spread. In the Villa Montemar, the beautiful photography creates a magazine feel as nearly every spread has a full-page dominant photo. Scanning through the book, large images create a calming effect as each one is savored before the page is turned. Grabbing the attention of the viewer is a goal of every yearbook program; using interesting dominant photography is always effective.

                  – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

                1. 2017 ScimitarDamascus High SchoolDamascus, Maryland

                    Theme: “Seventeen”
                    Adviser: Laura Schley
                    Editors: Janelle Carter, Alexis Rivero, Bailey Martin
                    Walsworth representative: Kat Bayliss

                    Cut it out – There is no shortage of pictures in this annual. The images demonstrate a strong sense of color and clarity while showcasing action. The inclusion of an astonishing eight cutout images across the center of each sports spread was a subtle technique used to break up the spread between the top and bottom regions. Cutout images for some yearbook staffs can be a risky decision. The Scimitar staff executed the cutouts with great precision. Utilizing cutouts in a design can help create an unexpected focal image, an interesting collage of multiple images, and add depth if the image overlaps other images or type. In the end, execution in removing the background is the key when working with cutouts.

                    – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

                  1. 2017 Golden LeafMount Juliet High SchoolMount Juliet, Tennessee

                      Theme: “The Golden Ratio”
                      Adviser: Lacy Turner
                      Editors: Erin Kelly, Allison Winters
                      Walsworth representative: Ashley Cole

                      Future coverage – Often, yearbook staffs don’t think about how students, during high school, are making decisions on the next steps in their lives. Add to that facts or figures that can explain the outcome of an event, and the reader can easily deduce what has or will occur. The Golden Leaf staff conducted a survey that illustrated what graduating students will be doing following high school. With 49% of students enlisting in the military, 44% of students planning to attend college and 6% deciding to go to work or an alternative school, the 100 students surveyed displayed results that are atypical of U.S. high schools. These survey results may be compared to future graduating classes. In addition to the survey, the primary coverage was served in six different forms to help tell the story of the JROTC program this year.

                      – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

                    1. 2017 TucsonianTucson High Magnet SchoolTucson, Arizona

                        Theme: "Look"
                        Adviser: James Bourland
                        Editor: Bianca Fuentes
                        Walsworth representative: Jen Wilson

                        Stunning photography – It can be a risky decision to fill one spread with a single photograph; but, if the image works, it’s as good as gold, which is what photographer Bianca Fuentes accomplished. First, her image is in focus. In addition, the photo uses dramatic backlighting; demonstrates the rule of thirds; advantageously employs the inclusion of negative/open space; and was shot at an angle that those in attendance would not have seen. Finally, the picture was timed appropriately so the shot’s subject was facing the camera with her arms not covering her face. The positioning of the image on the spread, where the subject’s arms lead the eye back to the theme copy, works synergistically with the image. Strong photographs such as this can carry a spread.

                        – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

                      1. 2017 EyrieFauquier High SchoolWarrenton, Virginia

                          Theme: “Expect The Unexpected”
                          Adviser: Phillip Nobblitt
                          Editors: Colby Biskup, Ashley Gaines, Savana Rota
                          Walsworth representative: Brian Flamm

                          Moving the eye – Using design elements to not only add visual interest but aide in the functionality of the layout is critical when introducing elements into the theme design. The Eyrie staff utilized a series of three flowing lines in a variety of ways. In some spreads, the lines highlighted an individual or secondary coverage. In this spread, the lines carried the eye throughout the spread and created a visual barrier between the feature story and a series of captions. The staff also called out students’ names in bold. This served two purposes. First, it allowed readers to quickly identify themselves or others. But, second, it also helped encourage individuals to read the content where those names resided. With the time and effort that goes into every spread, the goal is to get the viewer to see it all before they turn the page.

                          – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

                        1. 2017 MasterpieceBak Middle School of the ArtsWest Palm Beach, Florida

                            Theme: "Time Flies"
                            Adviser: Jessica Samons
                            Editors: Seoyoon Yang, Katherine Lele Oung
                            Walsworth representatives: Veronika Levine - CJE, Tamara Moore

                            Secondary coverage – The opportunity to produce an anniversary book can be exciting, but honoring the past while telling the story of the year can be a challenge. The Bak staff utilized a bar at the bottom of the spread to help organize additional content information. Covering “Throwback” moments and individual spotlights over the last 20 years, as well as current Fast Facts and Steps to Success, the coverage anchored the spreads and led the reader to look at what was to come in the following pages. The ability to direct the reader to the bar by using a consistent color scheme and bold contrasting headlines was well done. Integrating secondary coverage can dramatically open the doors to incorporating more information to captivate the reader’s attention on each spread.

                            – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

                          1. 2017 StingerWynne High SchoolWynne, Arkansas

                              Theme: “This is how we Wynne”
                              Adviser: Wren Scott
                              Editor: Reagan Helton
                              Walsworth representative: Johnny Cole

                              Many voices – The underlying challenge of every book is telling the story from the students’ perspectives; this includes capturing the voices of as many different students as possible. The Stinger staff successfully accomplished this using a combination of tactics. First, they incorporated a large number of pictures throughout the book that were well captioned, always identifying all students and their year in school. Additionally, the Academic STEM spread highlighted an impressive 30 students and staff. Finally, they used a consistent design element on every content spread that included students headshots and quotes, where each student was asked to respond to a particular prompt depending on the page. This allowed the staff to collect nearly 150 students’ voices that helped to explain their theme, “This is how we Wynne.”

                              – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School

                            1. 2017 ReflectorLee's Summit High SchoolLee's Summit , Missouri

                                Theme: "Exactly Like Nothing Else"
                                Adviser: Karla Thompson
                                Editors: Britten Duet, Megan Capehart, Neha Hanumanthiah, Melanie Oliva, Savannah Setley, Emily “Winnie” Boone, Katie Barefoot, Bailey Murphy
                                Walsworth representative: John Kelley

                                On the same page – Looking back on the years in high school, the required readings in English could have been seen as either a highlight or a curse. This spread’s light and airy feel, created by the purposeful white space, provides the viewer a calm feeling when moving around the spread. This aligns with the coverage of students discussing books they have enjoyed. The bold headline and dominant photo brings the reader in with the generous white margin moving them from the left to the right page. The variety of angles used to cover this topic make reading this spread fun.

                                – written by Brad Cook, adviser, Gresham High School