You have submitted the final revisions to the printer and eagerly await your proof copy of the current yearbook, now what do you do? While you may be tempted to take a vacation, there is no time to rest on your laurels. There is still plenty of work to be done to prepare for next year’s book, not to mention events such as yearbook signing parties to organize. Here are a few things you can do with all the extra time left in the year!
The yearbook design team worked hard on this year’s project, so why not celebrate with a banquet and awards ceremony? Come up with some nice ribbons or awards to hand out for best creativity, punctuality or skill with a camera! This is also a good time to unwind and have some fun by presenting your fellow staff members with gag gifts, or preparing a roast of the school administrator who oversaw the project.
How many people on your yearbook layout team will be graduating or moving on to different pursuits next year? It is never too early to begin recruiting for replacement staff members. Organize a sign up and have potential members submit creative works or teacher recommendations for any available positions on the yearbook staff.
This is also a good time to consider “summer camp” or training seminars for staff members. Technology moves at rocket pace which means there are always new things to learn, templates to peruse and ideas to discover. Couple this with fundraising ideas and you will be well on your way to producing a fantastic yearbook for the coming years.
If putting together a workshop or camp is not possible, spend some time learning Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress and other helpful editing software. You may need to find a veteran yearbook designer to help with the training, especially for new members.
Advertising helps cut the cost of printing and provides local businesses a way to stay in touch with area youth. Once you receive the completed yearbook, take it around to your current advertisers and sign them up for next year’s installment. Impress them with your superior yearbook layout and design! It doesn’t hurt to seek out new advertisers as well.
As you and your staff members work on yearbook design it is a good idea to keep a notebook of tips. Inside you can keep a timeline that includes specific deadlines for the yearbook project. The more detail and tips you can provide the better equipped the next group of staffers will be. Share your wealth of information as it pertains to editing, copywriting, image cropping and much more.