It's time to get the creative juices flowing and design a great looking yearbook. There's a lot to think about and plan for when putting a yearbook together, so don't forget one of the most important (and fun) aspects to a yearbook project...Design!
There are many ways you can go about this project, but the first thing you need to do is to come up with a cover design and theme. Last name not Picasso? Well, that’s ok. There are better alternatives than going to your home art studio after a long day’s work and spending hours creating a masterpiece. Here are a few other ways to come up with a design. (However, if you’ve got creative talent, don’t be afraid to use it.)
- Hold a cover contest in your school.
- Have individual students submit designs or make it a group project.
- Use a yearbook design program with templates
- Look around for a yearbook publisher that has an online program set up to help you. Programs make it easy to do your own design or choose from a list of pre-designed templates.
- Explore Pinterest
- You never know what great yearbook theme and yearbook cover ideas you are going to find on this site. You’ll see that others are in the same boat and have shared some great design examples that you can use as inspiration.
- Hire a yearbook design artist
- Yearbook publishers usually have a professional design team standing by to help you out if you don’t have the time or desire to do the designing. All you have to do is give them a general idea of what you are looking for in a yearbook design and theme and they will create your yearbook for you!
If you are choosing a yearbook publishing company to help you with design, there are many options and enhancements that can make your yearbook one-of-a-kind. Ask questions and search their website for cover design and yearbook themes, as well as cover enhancements. Add clip-art throughout the book and detail your school name or the student's name in foil on the cover. Keep your eyes open for special offers and subscribe to mailing lists. This will ensure you are the first to hear about new design options and get the latest tech alerts and best prices available. Explore your options and have fun with it. The sky is the limit when it comes to designing your yearbook!
Check out the yearbook creation workflow below to make sure your project is on course to be a success! Allow yourself plenty of design time, by staying ahead of the game.