HA! I know – but hear me out!
It’s a great distraction from the current events, and this is the FUN STAGE! Ideas run wild, creativity is high, and boredom can lead to some really great content!
Under normal circumstances, after the book is done, I assign a “theme packet” for next year’s book to everyone who isn’t a senior. No reason to stop now – there will still be a yearbook next year, right? Only difference is they present their ideas via video chat. Then, the staff votes on the best one and that become the theme for next year’s book!
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You are going to create a theme packet for next year’s yearbook. Plan on a 5-10 minute presentation to pitch your idea to the class. Don’t reinvent the wheel – use old yearbooks, the internet, etc to find ideas you can recreate. They’ll become your own when you incorporate your own theme, so feel free to “borrow” ideas from what’s been done already! There are SO many cool designs out there!
Take your time and create something you’re proud of.
- PRESENTATION – Theme packet must be displayed to the class via a slideshow. The entire project must be neat and creative. All elements should be clearly labeled with descriptions (if necessary).
- COVER DESIGN – This will probably change when we actually make it next year, so just do your best to demonstrate your idea.
- DESIGN ELEMENT – Elements used on all aspects of the yearbook to incorporate your theme visually
- 1 Divider Spread
- 1 Internal Spread (Student Life, Sports, or Clubs/Academics – your choice)
- These must be complete spreads with:
- photos can go across the gutter and bleed off the page
- text cannot go across the gutter and must be within in the margins
- bleeding elements must go to the red bleed line
- appropriate use of white space – let elements breathe
- 7-10 photos total – use photos from the internet
- Dominant photo – 2-3x larger than the rest) exciting and deserving of being larger than the others
- all are well cropped and in focus, candids, good composition
- Captions – Each photo needs a caption, but you DO NOT have to write captions. (Type > Fill with Placeholder Text)
- All captions must be the same width
- Captions are justified toward the gutter
- No trapped text
- No hyphenation
- Headline – filler text
- Story – filler text
- PAGE ELEMENTS
- Themed design elements – should be carried through on each page
- Secondary coverage – completed design, filler text
- Directives – in each caption
- Folio (page numbers) – complete with section on left side and page topic on the right side, page by with staff member name
- Consistent internal spacing – everything must be the same width apart
- EXPLANATION– one paragraph (at least 4-5 sentences) with details as to why you chose this theme and why it’s relevant. The theme should be easily understandable, relevant to the student body somehow, and creative. The theme needs to relate to the school/year and be creative and original. Be sure to pick one that you feel could actually be made into a yearbook. If you have a hard time drawing it through this theme packet, we’ll have a hard time drawing it through the book next year.
- SECTION NAMES – Provide names for the book’s sections that correlate with the theme. You can divide your book traditionally (Student Life, Sports, Clubs & Academics, People, Ads), chronologically (monthly or by seasons), or another logical way.
- COLOR SWATCHES – You can print them out at school as colored squares to show the colors you want to use, or use paint chips.
- FONTS – Demonstrate your font choices for the following: headline, subhead, story, caption, directive, folio, secondary coverage, and anything else relevant to your theme