In many ways, designing the final yearbook layout is similar to designing the layout for traditional publications like magazines and newspapers as well as online media like websites. The right balance between function (i.e., providing information, ideas and insights) and form (i.e., eye-catching colors, fonts and photos) should be achieved – and it is a goal that must be achieved with every issue of the school yearbook.
And since traditional and online media share many similarities in layout design as any elementary and high school yearbook, it is then logical to take your inspiration from these media. Plus, you will be informed about the newest trends in design that can be applied while you are designing your own yearbook layout.
The newspaper business is well-known for its cut-throat competitiveness as evidenced by the players’ constant push for more attractive layouts and more explosive headlines. The layout designers are always experimenting with the fonts, the colors and the placement of the text, photos and captions in order to grab the readers’ attention and keep it on the newspaper. It then comes as no surprise that we suggest scouring your local and national newspapers for ideas on possible yearbook layout.
In fact, you may want your final school yearbook to have the unique vibe of a newspaper. Its contents will have full-length articles, secondary coverage (i.e., sidebars) and captions that evoke traditional newspapers. After all, a yearbook contains the best news from the school year!
For example, a new trend in newspaper photo layout is embedding a photo into another photo. Both photos appear like these are one but are actually separate shots, which will draw the reader’s attention into the story being told in so many words.
If you take a look around, you will find that many yearbook layout designers are actually getting their inspirations from glossy magazines. The photos are shot with editorial content in mind, the articles are written in relatable ways, and the layout breaks more than a few classic rules while still being eye-catching, among others.
Just as with newspapers, you can make your school yearbook look like the pages of a glossy magazine. Think of using big headlines coupled with big photographs, of text bubbles, and even of staged photos.
In both magazines and newspapers, you can just cut out the parts that interest you the most and then pin these cutouts on a cork board, which then becomes your mood or inspiration board. You and your co-members in the yearbook committee can then discuss the merits of each cutout.
And since you are already online, you may as well browse through the websites for inspirations and insights into your final yearbook layout. You will be surprised at how well virtual designs translate into ink-and-paper media, thanks to sophisticated printing technologies like laser printing.
In the case of websites, you can use social bookmarking like the Pinterest site to share your ideas for the yearbook layout as inspired by websites. You can then exchange chats and emails regarding the merit of each inspiration.
With these three sources of inspiration, running out of great ideas for an equally great yearbook layout is a far-fetched occurrence. Start looking now so that your yearbook can finally come to fruition!