Before anything else here is a short video to give you extra tips and tricks on how to design yearbooks!
The design of your school’s yearbook layouts should change depending on the age of the students that it is being aimed at. For those students who you would easily still consider to be ‘kids’, the arrangement of the pages, as well as what is on them, is every bit as important as the book itself. When you need to keep kids entertained with the layout of the yearbook, there are several factors to keep in mind.
First is the cutoff point at which you stop considering your students to be kids and start viewing them as young adults. In some school systems, this cut off point occurs at the elementary school to middle school transition. Other school systems consider their students to be kids until they are ready for the responsibilities of high school. The way that your middle school views the students as will determine whether layouts for kids or for more mature students are used in these situations.
Once you have determined that your students are children, your included elements will change abruptly. Younger students will want to see colorful photographs of entertaining moments throughout their school year. While parents will be looking for group photographs of the honor roll and individual student photos, your students will be wanting to see action shots of school field trips, recess on the playground, and memorable moments such as field day and the school carnival fundraiser.
While you plan out a mixture of these photographic elements, you will determine that the wants of the parents and of the students need to be carefully balanced in order to produce a good yearbook for kids. The students will have to want a yearbook in the coming years, which means that their attention must be held with this one. By the same token, the parents who hold the purse strings will be wanting the traditional elements that they are expecting to see.
Your yearbook scheme should be a set choice of colors, even if your students are happy seeing rainbows and hunter orange plastered all over the place. Colorful elements are normally part of an arrangement to show off the school colors. Banners that have been chosen to run across the backgrounds of titles or the outer margins of pages should alternate in color choices according to different sections of the yearbook. Using this design, students will soon realize that the color changes indicate moving on to a different category in the page lineup.
The plan for your yearbook should include elements that are designed to keep the kid’s attention, but not to seem too childish to the older students. This can be particularly challenging in traditional elementary schools that run from kindergarten to fifth or sixth grade.
The cartoonish elements that the younger students would find delightful will undoubtedly be viewed by the older students as ridiculous. If you want to include elements like these in your yearbook plan, you should confine them to within the pages set aside for the grades that will be most interested in them.