When it comes to middle school yearbook design, you know that the teachers still have a heavy hand in the ultimate creation of the yearbook layout. Sometimes, trusting unique layout ideas to students of the middle school maturity level can backfire, with students favoring their friends or their best memories instead of presenting universal coverage.
While it is important that the teacher still maintains the final say in the yearbook layout, it is critical that you be permitted some creativeness in the layout design. Instead of just plugging in words and pictures in pre-designed templates, ask your teacher if some creative, new elements could be added.
One way that your yearbook layout can be spiced up is to make sure your pages have a balanced layout approach. Students who are working on the middle school yearbook have a bad habit of trying to cram the page full of bright colors, different fonts, and multiple images. When you cram all of this together onto a single page, you’re asking for disaster. Pages that are crammed full of pictures and different fonts take on a very busy approach. They are difficult to read, and if you chose the right colors, may even induce headaches in your readers.
You should always try to keep a yearbook page balanced in its layout. One of the most common methods for doing this is to divide the page into three more or less equally sized blocks. Here’s a few classic examples:
- Turn a sheet of blank paper to the direction your yearbook layout will be oriented in. Then, draw lines to turn the paper into three blocks.
- These don’t have to be all side by side or up and down.
- You have math skills, use them to figure out new layout techniques, such as a long, low block at the bottom and two side by side blocks above that.
Once you have your three blocks decided on, limit your design to using elements in those boxes. Add pictures in some, words in others. Remember to title the page. When you’re finished, take your layout design idea and present it to your yearbook instructor for approval.
If it turns out that your layout isn’t quite what the instructor had in mind, don’t get discouraged! Ask what should be changed, and keep yourself open to ideas. Most middle school yearbook classes approve of the concept of experimentation, and will welcome your creativity. However, you won’t know if your idea will work unless you try.
Your middle school yearbook instructor will have the final say as to what goes in to the yearbook, but you can help influence those decisions by speaking up. Some instructors prefer to just use pre-designed layouts for their yearbook creations. If you are restricted to a plug and play yearbook layout restriction, spend some time reviewing the available layout designs and pick the one that works best for your page and topic assignment.