There are some basic things one should know when creating the Yearbook Layout for any given year. To begin with, all of the pages, except the first and last ones, should be designed with a double page spread in mind. As you open any book, there will be two facing pages as part of one unit. Layout sheets that come from a publisher are typically set up so that you are able to design your yearbook using this double page spread.
The easiest possible way to design to this spread is to use the columns that are already set up with the layout sheet provided by the publisher. They are typically divided into six or eight columns per unit. To add consistency to your book, you should select either the six columns or eight columns layout to use throughout any particular section. The majority of layouts for yearbooks use a mosaic concept with all elements arranged in pinwheel fashion surrounding a specific photo.
To begin your layout, establish what is known as an eyeline that spans the entire double-page spread. This eyeline should not be at the midpoint on the page, but rather in the upper or lower third of the page. It will serve as the margin used between the elements. This is what will be used to form your pinwheel effect. All elements of your page, except the dominant photo will either hang from or rest on top of this eyeline.
Once you have determined your eyeline, you will need to place the dominant feature on the page. It is important that it be at least two to two and a half times the size of other elements placed there. The gutter is the seam between pages, and your dominant photo should either be placed across or next to this gutter. The dominant photo should begin at the far left edge of a column and end at the far right edge of another, never in the center, and it can be above or below the eyeline.
Other photos can now be arranged as a pinwheel around and touching the dominant photo and touching your selected eyeline. The outside corners should be left to use for captioning, white space or other copy. Each photo should have space available for a caption describing it, and the caption should be the width of a column and at the outside page corners. Two captions only can be stacked.
Finally, place the story that goes with this page so that it either hangs or rests on the eyeline, and it should be a single column wide, or broken into equal lengths as separate legs with the Headline and sub-heading above it. White space should never be left in the center of the page, but rather pushed to the outer edges of the Yearbook Layout.
Once you have perfected this layout, other pages should be created similarly as this one. Yearbook is an important part of any school year and you want to get everything right.