July 22, 2015 / Theme

Ideas, guidance to help with your yearbook theme are right here

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Summer workshops are when most yearbook staffs develop the themes of the upcoming year’s book.

But the process of coming up with that concept that creatively ties the book together and makes all the editors, staffers and adviser happy with isn’t an easy process. Fortunately, we’re here to help in the Yearbooks Blog!

We’ve been getting experts to write tips about creating great yearbook themes for years. There are resources everywhere on this site. Here are just a few.

  • You want to look at awesome designs? We’ve updated our Theme Gallery with 2015 yearbooks. See how these staffs did it.
  • For new, or fairly new, advisers who want a really good overview of how a yearbook theme is more than just a cover and it can be applied throughout a book, check out this feature from former adviser Becka Cremer.
  • Another good one for newer advisers is this feature from former adviser Kristen Campbell, which outlines how a yearbook theme is more than your theme phrase. Graphics and fonts matter!
  • Read this one from Crystal Kazmierski, yearbook adviser at Arrowhead Christian Academy, which will make you ponder how to create a real theme that applies to your school, and not something generic.
  • And speaking of Kazmierski, if you really want to crack the case on how to develop a theme, head to our Yearbook Suite curriculum section and take a closer look at the “Finding Your Theme” unit that she wrote. You can see a web version, download the app, or even order a printed workbook online.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.