July 22, 2009 / Noteworthy / Student Voice

Summer of learning

Written by Idea File Staff

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Summer of learning

Sadly, the always too-short summer is just about over. While the memories are still fresh, we want to know the five most important things you learned this year at your summer workshop.

  • Devin K

    I learned:
    *How to design spreads with tons of information to enhance the viewers experience
    *How to encourage staff members to write more, and write better
    *That creating a theme is not as hard as you think-using a dictionary for inspiration is key
    *That it is best to get input from many people so that you can improve what you are doing
    *And that story ideas can be created just by looking at magazine article titles

  • Whitaker Sherk

    I learned:
    *How to work with my staff members to come up with a variety of theme ideas
    *About different design styles that can improve a spread
    *How to tell if a picture is good quality
    *That communicating with your staff is a great way of coming up with interesting ideas for the book
    *That it is important to have a couple design elements that are similar throughout the book

  • Brandie Warr

    I learned:
    -the difference between a good yearbook and a great yearbook is that a great yearbook follows gut instinct and takes calculated risks.
    -stories are in the details-a moment can tell a year.
    -covers set the standard for the feel, tone and look of the book. Therefore a cover should not look out of place when compared to any spread within the book.
    -there are other techniques to yearbook photography besides just point and shoot, such as long exposures.
    -use other publications for ideas and examples but never blatantly copy the idea because amazing end results come from creative exploitation of an idea.

Idea File Staff

Idea File Staff reports are posts compiled by the Walsworth Yearbooks Marketing Department, covering a wide range of yearbook topics.