When you find yourself trying to decide what yearbook layouts you want to have for the coming school year, here is a previous post about perfecting yearbook layouts. It all comes down to personal and community tastes. Some schools encourage their yearbook classes to produce similar work for every school year, while others encourage creativity and uniqueness to a certain degree. The one thing that you know you don’t want to do is simply allow your class of tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders free reign over the arrangement of the yearbook pages.
The layouts of the individual yearbook pages should be decided upon before giving students free run with their creativity. By planning out the design of your basic page types before hand, you can prevent a lot of bickering in the yearbook classroom. Keeping in mind the different ways that needed information can be displayed on portions of the page, you should plan out between six to ten different design options for each size of a page. This will give your students plenty to work with creativity-wise, while still holding your scheme together.
These different page styles need to be prepared in different sections. For those smaller clubs that only have three or four students in them, a quarter page layout will suffice. This gives you enough room to place a title, a picture, and a few identifying marks. Larger clubs could warrant half a page. The quarter and half page layouts should be placed in an arrangement that can be picked through and chosen as needed.
For smaller sporting teams, a single page design will provide the room that your students want while holding to the scheme you have created for them. With room to add a title near the top of each individual page, and different options for picture location and text blocks, your layouts will provide your students with the ability to pick and choose.
Full Page Layout
As the full page will be the most commonly used layout in your yearbook each year, having extra options for your students to select from here will keep your design from becoming repetitive. Students should have plenty of room to plan and create on each full page without the risk of overcrowding. When your students feel like they have enough choices to pick from in these pre-constructed layouts, there won’t be as much conflict with the decision making process.
Two Page Layout
For the two page layouts, you should offer your students several options as well. The most popular design allows students to expand a single photograph across two pages, with three or four words of explanation on the photo itself. While this is popular with students, this is a something that should be used sparingly. When used too often, this will take up far too many pages in your yearbook plan and lose its poignancy. Place a limit on the number of times the two page picture spread can be used, and provide other two page options for major events and sports to be covered on.
Yearbook page layout is a vital element in creating your yearbook, make no mistake about it!