Even when you are brimming with ideas for yearbook covers on most years, there will come a time when you hit a wall.
You must then ask for assistance and who better else to ask it from than your fellow students! You will find that it is better to pick at other people’s talented brains for ideas related to the soon-to-be published high school yearbook than to pick at your out-of-ideas brain, not to mention that you will have fresh ideas to choose from, too.
Here are our tips on getting your fellow students’ ideas on possible yearbook covers.
As soon as the school starts, you can ask for solicitations for these ideas for this year’s high school yearbook. You can announce it via the school assembly time, the public announcement system, and the parents-teachers association meeting, among others. You must also put up announcements on the school’s bulletin board to inform students where suggestions can be sent including the format for the suggested yearbook covers (i.e., size of paper, parameters of the cover)
The yearbook committee can then sift through these suggestions on a regular basis. You will find that the suggestions submitted to the committee are becoming better and better as students make revisions to their suggested yearbook covers. You are then more likely to get the best cover for the high school yearbook, which is great for everybody.
An important tip: Be sure to acknowledge the authors/artists of the final yearbook cover. The yearbook committee may have tweaked it but keep in mind that it is still the work of said authors/artists so acknowledgements are a must.
You may, however, want to skip on wading through the voluminous submissions of year-round solicitations for ideas on yearbook covers. Your best bet then is through a one-time contest where all aspiring artists in the school submit their entries and a panel of judges selects the best cover.
In this case, you will only be dealing with submissions in a single or a couple of judging sessions, thus, making your job easier. Be sure to include in the rules of the contest whether you reserve the right to tweak certain parts of the winner’s entry to make it more suitable to the final yearbook.
It is also important to apply the same level of objectivity to all the submissions for possible yearbook covers. Yearbooks are often viewed as an equalizer and so it should ideally be. You may even conduct a blind contest where the authors’/artists’ names are not placed on the entries so that the judges can choose based on merit alone.
Two heads are better than one. This is the rationale behind all brainstorming sessions and you are well-advised to use such tool to generate better and more ideas for possible yearbook covers.
This time, instead of brainstorming with just the members of the yearbook committee, you can invite other students to the sessions. You will be surprised at how a fresh perspective can change the ball game and, hopefully, make for a better high school yearbook cover.
In the end, the best yearbook covers are those that were conceptualized as a cooperative effort because, again, two heads are better than one.